The Show That Zach Galifianakis Wrote With Louis C.K. Sounds Great and Is Really Happening

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Aug. 27 2014 5:59 PM

Zach Galifianakis Will Play a Clown in the TV Series He Wrote With Louis C.K.

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Zach Galifianakis dares to follow his dream of becoming a professional clown in the forthcoming FX series Baskets.

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Back in January we learned that Louis C.K. was writing a TV show for FX with Zach Galifianakis. The latter was set to star, but we knew nothing else about the show.

Good news: The network just ordered 10 episodes of the series, having apparently seen and loved the pilot. It was directed by Jonathan Krisel, who has written for Portlandia and Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and who will serve as the showrunner. It’s called Baskets, and here’s how an FX press release describes it:

In a world constrained by corporate interests and the homogenization of society, one man in Bakersfield, California dares to follow his dream of becoming a professional clown. But after an unsuccessful enrollment at a prestigious clowning school in Paris, the only job he can find is with the local rodeo. Baskets follows Chip Baskets’ (Galifianakis) pursuit of his dream, against all odds, to be a respected clown.
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I’m in. “To say Zach’s portrayal of the lead character Chip Baskets is hilarious/unique/riveting/fascinating would be an understatement,” proclaims FX executive Eric Schrier. “We can’t wait for the world to meet him.” I can’t wait, either. The bad news: We do have to wait, until 2016.

David Haglund is a senior editor at Slate. He runs Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog.

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