FX President and General Manager John Landgraf says that his network likes to take chances. Well, in addition to taking a chance on Charlie Sheen, FX is taking another leap of faith when it breaks into late night in April with six episodes of a yet to be titled program starring the outrageous Brit wit Russell Brand.
The “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” star will headline a stand-up comedy show highlighting whatever news of the day strikes Brand’s fancy — be it political or pop culture. He may even report on himself — if he feels he has done something newsworthy.
“I don’t want to further celebrate the overly elaborate brittle plastic structures of nonsense that are constantly fired into our minds to distract us from what’s really important,” he told reporters at the FX Winter TCA session in Pasadena, CA. “So like if I had done something actually newsworthy, in some bizarre world, then I would cover it. But if it was just more lacquered nonsense designed to distract us from truth, then I would wisely ignore it.”
Brand says what will make his show different than others is that he will be commenting on America as an alien — comparing himself to Mork from Ork. “I’m in this extraordinary country of yours. I’m not from here, am I? I’m English. So like it is the perspective of an alien trying to understand this peculiar time, this peculiar country,” he explains. Then continues, “This country has been incredibly generous and kind to me. And in many senses I think culturally it’s still the greatest country in the world. So it’s not like a finger‑pointing exercise.”
The potty-mouthed comic/actor is working with Executive Producer Troy Miller to ready the project, which will only film a few days prior to its airdate in order to keep the topics relevant and timely. But it is also paramount to him that it be authentic and truthful.
“You know how ‘Louie’ is to the convention of sitcom? I would like this to be sort of news and topical comedy, very deconstructive, brilliantly put together by Troy, shot on sort of closed‑circuit cameras, stripped of all nonsense, stripped of all subterfuge, no ‘Hello, coming up after the break,’ none of that rhubarb, just truth and beauty and humor,” Brand says.
Brand’s new untitled series is set to premiere on FX in April.