EXCLUSIVE: The Riches star Eddie Izzard is returning to FX with a new drama project, now in development. Izzard is attached to star in the untitled drama, which he co-created with writer Doug Jung based on an idea Izzard had been developing for a couple of years. Dark Blue co-creator/exec producer Jung will write and serve as showrunner on the project, set in Washington D.C., which centers on Eddie Braun (Izzard), a disgraced ex-congressman who, after a sexual scandal, has become a new kind of political fixer for hire. Along with his insider knowledge of the Beltway, Eddie’s not above using blackmail, theft or even a gun to someone’s head in order to get results.
The show is executive produced by The Collective, which has focused on TV development over the past year and has recently set up several other projects, including Safe at FX, with Jason Isaacs attached to star and exec producing; I Gotcha Back at FX, with David Krumholtz exec producing, writing and starring; and Royally Mad at BBC America, with Cat Deeley starring and executive producing. British actor/standup comedian Izzard, who just wrapped the upcoming Syfy miniseries Treasure Island, has a major recurring role on the upcoming season of Showtime’s United States of Tara and will perform at the Hollywood Bowl on July 20. Jung, whose TNT series Dark Blue ran for two seasons, is currently adapting The Last Duel for Martin Scorsese and Paramount. Jung and Izzard are repped by UTA; Jung is managed by Brad Mendelsohn.