Russell Brand reportedly inks deal with FX for late-night show
Comedian Russell Brand will be coming to the small screen in the spring.
Brand reportedly signed a deal with the FX network to do a late-night unscripted series with six half-hour episodes set to air in the spring, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The show will include the comedian's commentary about pop culture, politics and other current events. It will be taped in front of a live audience and have interactive elements for studio audience feedback.
"We're very excited to add Russell Brand's bracingly funny, original, and honest voice to the FX comedy lineup," FX executive Vice President original programming Nick Grad told the industry paper. "We look forward to supporting Russell and his partner Troy Miller's ambition to strip down the hosted comedy format to its most fundamental elements and to create something daring and unfiltered for the FX audience."
Brand will reportedly serve as an executive producer on the series. "I am so excited I'm on the point of climax, in fact I will put the 'O' into FX, which spells Fox, which is actually the channel's real name," Brand said in a statement. "That's the only thing that worries me about all this to be honest. At least I'll be able to have a Christmas drink with Bill O'Reilly."
Brand, 36, is married to pop singer Perry, 27. The two wed on October 23, 2010 in a traditional Hindu ceremony in Rajasthan, India, where Brand also proposed to the singer. The two began dating in September 2009 after the singer performed on the MTV Video Music Awards that were hosted by Brand.
The comedian is likely best known for his role as Aldous Snow in the movies "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "Get Him to the Greek." Brand recently starred in the remake of "Arthur" alongside Helen Mirren and lent his voice to the Easter film "Hop."
Up next Brand will play Lonny, who runs the '80s rock club The Bourbon and is also the narrator in the film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical "Rock of Ages" starring Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin and Julianne Hough.
The movie is set for release on June 1, 2012. Check out the trailer for "Rock of Ages" below.