FX is adding another comedy series to its roster, and this one has a fantastic pedigree. The network announced today that it has picked up the pilot Baskets to series, which stars Zach Galifianakis as Chip Baskets (brilliant name), a Bakersfield native who dreams of becoming a clown. After an unsuccessful enrollment at a prestigious clown school in Paris, however, Baskets finds himself taking on the only clowning job that will have him: the local rodeo. Galifianakis created the series with Louis C.K. and Portlandia/SNL alum Jonathan Krisel, and all three will executive produce the show with Krisel acting as showrunner.
Given Galifianakis’ busy schedule, production on Baskets won’t begin until next year. As such, FX has slated the 10-episode first season to debut in 2016. That’s a long time to wait before we see the show, but this feels like a stellar marriage of talent and material (that name…) so I’m confident it will be well worth it. Read the full press release after the jump.