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‘I Love Dick,’ ‘Insecure’ Scribes Talk Inspiration at Variety’s Night in the Writers’ Room

13 June 2017 10:52 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Comedy showrunners Sarah Gubbins, Jonathan Krisel, Joshua Michael Stern, Prentice Penny, Mike Royce, and Justin Spitzer sat down together for Variety’s Night in the Writers Room event Tuesday night at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.

For Gubbins, writer for Amazon’s “I Love Dick,” it started with a character. That character specifically, is Chris Kraus, from the novel of the same name.

“The idea that what she was doing was just so bombastically, kind of letting her sexuality and her desire run out, I thought that would be something that we might want to see,” she said. “It really was an emotional both admiration and repulsion that brought me to want to think about how to possibly maybe some day make this into a television show.”

FX’s “Baskets,” which follows follows an unsuccessful aspiring professional clown working at a local rodeo in Bakersfield, California, formed around showcasing the show’s star Zach Galifianakis.

“It »

- Rebecca Rubin

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Emmy Contenders 2017: Supporting Actor in a Comedy

6 June 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Last year’s race was so competitive, it yielded seven nominees instead of the usual six. Louie Anderson ultimately took home the award for playing Zach Galifianakis’ mother, and should easily land another nom this year. Of last year’s other nominees, that leaves “Veep” co-stars Tony Hale and Matt Walsh, Andre Braugher of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” Ty Burrell of “Modern Family” and Tituss Burgess of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” as potential return nominees. But after appearing in several episodes of “Saturday Night Live,” Alec Baldwin is a likely candidate for proving we could still laugh at Donald Trump. And with “Girls” closing out its run, Adam Driver could return to the race. Laurence Fishburne has yet to be nominated for his work on “Black-ish,” but both he and the show are coming off a strong season. As for new blood, Brian Tyree Henry broke through on “Atlanta,” though he faces competition from his co-star Lakeith Stanfield. One »

- Variety Staff

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Will The Supporting Comedy Races Get Political or Go For Laughs?

2 June 2017 10:41 AM, PDT | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Jalal Haddad looks at 2017 Emmy supporting comedy races and the potential for Emmy voters to make a political statement with their ballots. In recent years, Emmy® voters relied on the »

- Jalal Haddad

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Emmys: Jennifer Hudson, Aubrey Plaza and 28 Supporting Actor Contenders Pose for Star-Studded Class Photo

1 June 2017 6:40 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

In April, 30 of the hottest supporting actors and actresses working this Emmy season assembled at Line 204 Studios in Hollywood for THR’s mammoth annual class photo shoot. Almost everyone was new to their series, encompassing comedy, drama, limited and even a TV movie. A few participants were returning class photo alums (Vice PrincipalsWalton Goggins, Veep’s Timothy Simons). Some had worked with each other before, such as The Handmaid’s Tale’s Joseph Fiennes and Feud’s Alfred Molina. And others geeked out upon meeting a favorite TV star (Hairspray Live’s Jennifer Hudson took selfies with BasketsLouie Anderson). By »

- Michael O'Connell,Bryn Elise Sandberg

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Emmy Contenders 2017: Lead Actor in a Comedy

31 May 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It remains to be seen if anyone can break Jeffrey Tambor’s two-year winning streak for “Transparent,” but there’s a formidable group that will make a strong effort. In fact, this category could be an exact repeat of last year’s lineup, with Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”), Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”), Will Forte (“The Last Man On Earth”), William H. Macy (“Shameless”), and Thomas Middleditch (“Silicon Valley”) all eligible. But it’s likely at least one will be displaced by Donald Glover’s star turn on the FX comedy “Atlanta,” which won dual Golden Globe Awards for best comedy series and comedy actor this year. Glover has been busy at work on the high-profile Han Solo prequel, which certainly puts him front and center in voters’ minds. But never count out Jim Parsons, who could return for his work on “The Big Bang Theory,” which has already landed him four Emmys. And »

- Variety Staff

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Emmys: Final ‘Girls’ Season Makes a Strong Case in Heated Comedy Categories

10 April 2017 7:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

HBO’s “Girls” has maintained a modest presence at the Emmys ever since the program’s big coming-out in 2012 and 2013, when it scooped up two nominations in a row for outstanding comedy series. Adam Driver has shown up consistently in the supporting actor category, while guest stars like Gaby Hoffman and Peter Scolari have been recognized as well. But the show has mostly struggled to reach those early heights again.

That could change with the sixth and final season, which has made for the richest portrait of Lena Dunham’s world yet.

You may well have bailed by now, whether the creator’s outsized activist footprint overshadowed the series, or her various characters’ descent into their own navels made it seem like there was no light at the end of the tunnel. But it’s time to catch up. Things were already on the upswing with season five, and now, with »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Critic's Notebook: All Hail Louie Anderson and Season 2 of 'Baskets'

24 March 2017 10:13 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

[This article contains spoilers for the entirety of the second season of Baskets, but seeing as how it's not a show about "twists," you'll probably be Ok.]   My favorite scene of the second season of Baskets didn't involve outré clowning, dueling Zachs Galifianaki or even any of the big emotional moments that have put this weird FX comedy in position to end the year on my top 10 list.   It was Christine Baskets (Louie Anderson), having taken an impetuous trip from Bakersfield to Denver, sitting down for dinner at a hotel restaurant. She's »

- Daniel Fienberg

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‘Baskets’ Review: Season 2 Finale Makes a Bold Move Toward a New Family Business

23 March 2017 7:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the “Baskets” Season 2 finale, Episode 10, “Circus.”]

After a year that saw the Baskets family driven apart, Season 2 wrapped by bringing them all together — in an unexpectedly endearing manner. Christine (Louie Anderson), who literally skipped town a few episodes prior and tried out a new family in “Denver” (Episode 7), made the bold choice to go into business with her boys instead of being taken care of by Ken (Alex Morris). He offered. She said no. And now they’re “building an empire” — a circus empire.

For as much as we loved Dale and Chip’s journeys in Season 2, which saw an increased focus on Chip being rewarded for hard work and Dale being punished for immature behavior, this finale’s focus on Christine was more than fitting. Louie Anderson earned an Emmy for his performance in Season 1, and, if we’re comparing the two for such purposes, this year’s turn was even better. He could have more gold in his future. »

- Ben Travers

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‘Baskets’ Review: Season 2 Finale Makes a Bold Move Toward a New Family Business

23 March 2017 7:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the “Baskets” Season 2 finale, Episode 10, “Circus.”]

After a year that saw the Baskets family driven apart, Season 2 wrapped by bringing them all together — in an unexpectedly endearing manner. Christine (Louie Anderson), who literally skipped town a few episodes prior and tried out a new family in “Denver” (Episode 7), made the bold choice to go into business with her boys instead of being taken care of by Ken (Alex Morris). He offered. She said no. And now they’re “building an empire” — a circus empire.

For as much as we loved Dale and Chip’s journeys in Season 2, which saw an increased focus on Chip being rewarded for hard work and Dale being punished for immature behavior, this finale’s focus on Christine was more than fitting. Louie Anderson earned an Emmy for his performance in Season 1, and, if we’re comparing the two for such purposes, this year’s turn was even better. He could have more gold in his future. »

- Ben Travers

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Exclusive: Martha Kelly talks Baskets as her character’s star rises in Bakersfield

23 March 2017 7:12 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

The curveball you never saw coming on FX’s breakout hit noir comedy Baskets is the guileless and loyal friend Martha, described by her maternal pal Christine Baskets (Louie Anderson) as “the total package”. This compliment was bestowed upon Martha for her steady gig at Christine’s favorite store Costco, and also because Martha has little if any surprises. With a family like the Baskets clan, her predictable demeanor and lot in life is the stability this family needs. Actor Martha Kelly was a longtime friend with one of the show’s creators (and the star) Zach Galifianakis, who contacted her about taking...read more »

- April Neale

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Emmy Predictions 2017: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

23 March 2017 2:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last Year’s Winner: Louie Anderson, “Baskets

Still Eligible: Yes.

Hot Streak: There hasn’t been a back-to-back winner in the category since Jeremy Piven won three years in a row for “Entourage.”

Fun Fact: Tony Hale, Ty Burrell, and Eric Stonestreet have all won twice in the past seven years, but never consecutively.

Last year saw two “Veep” supporting actors land nods, but let’s see if we can get a few more in 2017. In addition to Tony Hale (who’s won twice in the past four years) and Matt Walsh (who snagged his first nod in 2016), Timothy Simons, Kevin Dunn, and Gary Cole are all more than deserving of some TV Academy love. Sure, that would take up five of the six slots, but can we really argue against any of them?

Those willing to try include last year’s winner Louie Anderson, who returns stronger than ever »

- Ben Travers

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Exclusive: Baskets star Louie Anderson on the liberation of Christine Baskets

22 March 2017 8:11 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

One of the most memorable mothers of late on the smallscreen is played by a man — Louie Anderson. Another Louis, Mr. C.K., urged fellow Baskets producers Zach Galifianakis and Jonathan Krisel to contact Anderson for the role of Christine Baskets based on Louie’s lifetime of stand-up and published memoirs. Louie’s character Christine of FX’s noir comedy is a triumph of drawing out the little things in family life for a big effect. It really shows no matter how good the writers are, the person saying the lines matters so very much to pulling off an award-winning role like Christine....read more »

- April Neale

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‘Coming to America 2’: Eddie Murphy Writing A Sequel — Report

17 March 2017 7:26 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A sequel to the 1988 romantic comedy “Coming to America” may be in the works. According to TMZ, sources close to Eddie Murphy confirm that the comedian is in the early writing stages of the project. On Wednesday night, a post on Murphy’s official Twitter account teased a potential sequel to his iconic film. “Coming to America sequel?” was all the post said, and included a picture of Vanessa Bell Calloway in character from the first film. Murphy’s Twitter account has since been deleted.

Read More: ‘T2 Trainspotting’ Review: Danny Boyle’s Surprisingly Fun Sequel Is a Drugged Out Trip Down Memory Lane

Calloway reacted to the possibility of Murphy working on a sequel. “I would love to do a sequel, I loved the movie. It’s like, ‘Come on Eddie, let’s make this happen!'” the actress told TMZ, but also wondered if Murphy’s account was hacked. »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Baskets: Season Three Renewal for FX Comedy Series

9 March 2017 1:40 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

We're not clowning around. The Baskets TV show on FX has been renewed for season three. Zach Galifianakis, co-created the comedy series with Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel.The FX TV series stars Galifianakis, Louie Anderson, Martha Kelly, Ivy Jones, Gary Clemmons, and Jason Clemmons. Baskets follows Chip Baskets (Galifianakis) a struggling clown in Bakersfield, California. Learn more from from this FX press release.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Costco caskets and whiskey salad as Baskets renewed for Season 3

9 March 2017 10:39 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Baskets has just been renewed for Season 3 by FX, and it’s not hard to see why — with the show offering up another no-miss episode tonight. The hit series will air for its third run in 2018, with the network saying the decision was taken to renew it after the series “solidified” its standing as one of the best comedies on television in Season 2. It comes after Louie Anderson won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Christine Baskets...read more »

- April Neale

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Zach Galifianakis’ FX Comedy ‘Baskets’ Renewed for Season 3

9 March 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Send in the clown: “Baskets” will be back for a third season on FX.

The comedy, starring Zach Galifianakis as twin brothers Chip and Dale Baskets, is set to return in 2018 with more episodes. “Baskets” is currently on the eighth episode of its second season.

Read More: Zach Galifianakis on Keeping ‘Comedy Killers’ Out of ‘Baskets’ and Getting Louie Anderson to Play His Mom

The “Baskets” renewal was announced on Thursday by Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, Presidents of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Programming.

“This year Baskets has solidified its standing as one of the best comedies on television, building on the momentum of its breakout first season that brought critical acclaim and awards,” said Grad. “Our thanks to Jonathan Krisel, Louis C.K., Zach Galifianakis and the rest of the creative team, Louie Anderson, Martha Kelly and the full cast and crew for taking us on this journey with Baskets. »

- Michael Schneider

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Zach Galifianakis’ FX Comedy ‘Baskets’ Renewed for Season 3

9 March 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Send in the clown: “Baskets” will be back for a third season on FX.

The comedy, starring Zach Galifianakis as twin brothers Chip and Dale Baskets, is set to return in 2018 with more episodes. “Baskets” is currently on the eighth episode of its second season.

Read More: Zach Galifianakis on Keeping ‘Comedy Killers’ Out of ‘Baskets’ and Getting Louie Anderson to Play His Mom

The “Baskets” renewal was announced on Thursday by Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, Presidents of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Programming.

“This year Baskets has solidified its standing as one of the best comedies on television, building on the momentum of its breakout first season that brought critical acclaim and awards,” said Grad. “Our thanks to Jonathan Krisel, Louis C.K., Zach Galifianakis and the rest of the creative team, Louie Anderson, Martha Kelly and the full cast and crew for taking us on this journey with Baskets. »

- Michael Schneider

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FX Renews Zach Galifianakis’ ‘Baskets’ for Season 3

9 March 2017 9:00 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Send in the clowns: Zach Galifianakis‘ “Baskets” has been renewed at FX for a third season, which will premiere next year. “This year ‘Baskets’ has solidified its standing as one of the best comedies on television, building on the momentum of its breakout first season that brought critical acclaim and awards,” Nick Grad, FX co-president of Original Programming, said in a statement Thursday. “Our thanks to Jonathan Krisel, Louis C.K., Zach Galifianakis and the rest of the creative team, Louie Anderson, Martha Kelly and the full cast and crew for taking us on this journey with ‘Baskets.'” In the show’s ongoing Season. »

- Tony Maglio

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FX Renews Zach Galifianakis Comedy ‘Baskets’ for Season 3

9 March 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Zach Galifianakis’ “Baskets” has been renewed for a third season, Variety has learned. The FX comedy, currently entering the home stretch of its 10-episode second season, will return in 2018.

Though modestly rated (at best), “Baskets” is well loved at the network and among the criterati, and, critically, brought FX one of its many Emmys last year.

“This year ‘Baskets’ has solidified its standing as one of the best comedies on television, building on the momentum of its breakout first season that brought critical acclaim and awards,” said FX Networks president Nick Grad. “Our thanks to Jonathan Krisel, Louis C.K., Zach Galifianakis and the rest of the creative team, Louie Anderson, Martha Kelly and the full cast and crew for taking us on this journey with ‘Baskets.’”

The cast of “Baskets” features Galifianakis as twins Chip and Dale Baskets, Louie Anderson as their mother Christine — a role for which Anderson won a supporting actor Emmy in September — and »

- Oriana Schwindt

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Zach Galifianakis' 'Baskets' Renewed for Season 3 at FX

9 March 2017 9:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Baskets is coming back.

FX has renewed the Zach Galifianakis comedy for a third season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

No episode count was given for the new season, set to return in 2018; however, seasons one and two have run 10 episodes each.

Galifianakis plays the dual roles of twin brothers, Chip and Dale Baskets. Louie Anderson has nabbed an Emmy and a Critics' Choice Award for his portrayal of their mother, Christine Baskets. Martha Kelly also stars on the comedy, which is set to wrap its second season March 23.

Galifianakis co-created Baskets with Louis C.K. and Jonathan »

- Kate Stanhope

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