Russell Brand lands American TV series
Story by Jack Foley
RUSSELL Brand has landed his own TV series in the US and will also co-create and voice another new animated series.
The British comedian and actor will front a six-episode late-night series on Fox’s sister channel, FX, beginning in the spring, as well as work on the animated series for Fox
Announcing the news, Nick Grad, FX executive, said the network was “excited” to be working with Brand’s “bracingly funny, original, and honest voice”.
He also predicted that the show would be “daring and unfiltered” for audiences.
A statement by FX also said the show would feature Brand’s “unvarnished, unfiltered take on current events, politics and pop culture”, which means it could be in a similar vein to Ponderland, Brand’s former UK show which ran on Channel 4 from 2007 to 2008.
Brand made his US breakthrough presenting the MTV awards in 2008, when he caused controversy for some of his jokes about then President George Bush.
But in spite of that, America embraced his unique voice and he went on to score acting roles in Hollywood comedies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, its spin-off Get Him To The Greek (which was tailored as more of a star vehicle for him) and the recent remake of Dudley Moore’s 1981 film, Arthur.