Five episodes into the debut season of Baskets, FX has renewed Zach Galifianakis’ black-comedy series for a second season, set to air in early 2017. The series premiere broke FX ratings records and was the most-watched basic cable comedy series premiere since 2014 in Live+3 with 1.75 million viewers. That episode also had the largest three-day lift of any FX comedy series premiere among adults 18-49. Further, on a Live+7 basis, the show averaged 944,000 adults 18-49 and 1.5 million total viewers during its first three episodes to remain the most-watched new scripted comedy series on cable in 2016.
Co-created by Galifianakis with Jonathan Krisel and Louis C.K., who also serve as executive producers, Baskets follows Chip Baskets (Galifianakis), who abandons his dream of becoming a French clown owing to financial difficulties and an impenetrable language barrier, and moves back to his hometown of Bakersfield. Forced to confront his past while competing with his twin brother Dale for his mother’s approval and affection, he becomes a rodeo clown. The show airs Thursdays at 10 PM on FX. Martha Kelly and Louie Anderson also star.
“Baskets is bold, brilliant and incredibly funny and we could not be happier with the reception it’s received in its breakout first season,” said Eric Schrier, President of Original Programming at FX Networks and FX Productions. “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.”
M. Blair Breard, Dave Becky, Marc Gurvitz and Andrea Pett-Joseph also serve as executive producers. The series is produced by FX Productions.