Russell Brand Lands An Animated Series And A Late Night Talk Show

  It's Brandsday on FX and Fox, as the actor/comedian signs two major deals.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

While the dismal box office for Russell Brand's remake of "Arthur" earlier this year may have cooled Hollywood's attempts to make him a leading man in feature films, the actual brand of Brand seems to be in no danger of slowing down.

According to Deadline, Fox has ordered a script and a presentation for a currently unnamed animated comedy show which was co-created by Brand, who will also star in the series. Rumored to be loosely based on Brand's life during his twenties and it will be written by "Bob's Burgers" veterans, Dan Fybel and Rich Rinaldi. The series is being produced by 20th Century Fox TV and Chernin Entertainment, with Brand, Fybel, Rinaldi, Katherine Pope and Peter Chernin all set to executive produce the project.

Prior to that report, FX announced that it had signed Brand to create a six episode half hour sketch comedy show for late night that may debut as soon as Spring 2012. Although the concept for the series isn't entirely fleshed out, Brand will reportedly host a segment in front of a live audience in which he offers commentary on "current events, politics and pop culture," just like every other late night host.

“We’re very excited to add Russell Brand’s bracingly funny, original, and honest voice to the FX comedy line-up,” said Nick Grad, FX’s Executive Vice President of original programming . “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's rise to international fame has happened fairly recently, most notably in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "Get Him to the Greek," in addition to his previously mentioned remake of "Arthur" and his vocal performances in "Despicable Me" and "Hop."

Jonah Hill — Brand's co-star in  "Get Him to the Greek" — already has an animated series on Fox called "Allen Gregory." However, that series seems unlikely to be renewed by the network.


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