9:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Zach Galifianakis' FX Comedy 'Baskets' Renewed for Second Season
FX is going back to Baskets.
The cable network has renewed the comedy starring Zach Galifianakis for a second season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Set to return in early 2017, the clown show co-created by Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel ranks as the most-watched basic cable primetime comedy series premiere since 2014 among the key adults 18-49 demo and total viewers. Factoring in seven days of delayed viewing, the first three episodes of Baskets have averaged 944,000 viewers among the advertiser-coveted adults under 50 demo and 1.5 million total viewers. That's good enough to rank as cable's most-watched new scripted series of the year.
"Baskets is bold, brilliant and incredibly funny and we could not be happier with the reception it’s received in its breakout first season,” FX president of original programming Eric Schrier said. “Baskets brings together three of the most innovative comedic minds working today — Zach, Louis and Jonathan — and we thank them, the rest of the creative team and the entire cast for everything they’ve done for the series.”
The show is produced in-house at FX Productions. M. Blair Breard, Dave Becky, Marc Gurvitz and Andrea Pett-Joseph also exec produce the comedy in which Galifianakis' Chip Baskets does his best to follow his dream of being a French clown. Louie Anderson co-stars as Chip's mother and Martha Kelly as his insurance claims adjuster. Baskets marked the first project to come from C.K. and his Pig Newton banner's overall deal with FXP.
While the critical reception to Baskets was mixed, FX chief John Landgraf has a formulaic philosophy to renewals: FX gets a vote, the audience gets a vote and critics get a vote; two of the three get a show renewed, with Baskets seemingly getting the nod from viewers and FX brass.
Baskets is part of a comedy roster at FX/FXX that also includes Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, Atlanta, Better Things, It's Always Sunny, Man Seeking Woman, You're the Worst and Archer.