FX is done clowning around. The cable channel has announced that the Baskets TV show is ending with the current batch of episodes so, there won’t be a fifth season.
A black comedy series, Baskets stars Zach Galifianakis, Louie Anderson, and Martha Kelly, with Alex Morris recurring. The surreal series centers on rodeo clown Chip Baskets (Galifianakis), his twin, Dale (Galifianakis), and mother Christine (Anderson). In season four, Chip decides it is high time to move out, but has a hard time adapting, despite the help of Martha (Kelly) and a life coach.
The fourth season of Baskets is averaging a 0.11 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 334,000 viewers. Compared to season three, that’s down by 23% and 18%, respectively.
Here’s the series finale announcement:
FX’s Critically Acclaimed Comedy Series “Baskets” Will End with the Season Four Finale on August 22
LOS ANGELES, July 31, 2019 — FX Networks today announced that its critically acclaimed comedy series Baskets will come to an end with the show’s season four finale on Thursday, August 22 on FX.
“Over four seasons, Baskets has taken its place among the great FX comedies as an endearing and hilarious look at the dreams and ambition of ‘Chip Baskets’ and his extended, loving family,” said Eric Schrier, President, FX Entertainment. “This show has been a joy for everyone at FX and we are grateful to Jonathan Krisel, Zach Galifianakis, Louie Anderson, Martha Kelly and the rest of the cast and crew for giving us the gem that is Baskets.”
Baskets is executive produced by Jonathan Krisel, Zach Galifianakis, Marc Gurvitz and Andrea Pett-Joseph, and stars Galifianakis, Louie Anderson, Martha Kelly and Alex Morris. It is produced by FX Productions.
Season four of Baskets continues Thursdays with the following episodes:
· Episode 7 – “Housewarming” (Airs August 1, 2019 at 10 p.m. ET/PT) – A carpet emergency interrupts Christine’s wedding plans. Written by Theresa Mulligan Rosenthal; Directed by Jonathan Krisel.
· Episode 8 – “Grandma’s Day” (Airs August 8, 2019 at 10 p.m. ET/PT) – Chip wants a life plan. Written by Karen Kilgariff; Directed by Jonathan Krisel.
· Episode 9 – “Mrs. Baskets Goes to Sacramento” (Airs August 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT) – Christine’s apple pie is not allowed through security. Written by Carrie Kemper; Directed by Jonathan Krisel.
· Episode 10 – “Moving On” (Airs August 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT) – Martha removes her cast. Written by Jonathan Krisel; Directed by Jonathan Krisel.
In the three seasons that Baskets has been Emmy Award(R) eligible, Louie Anderson won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and was nominated two additional times for his work as loving matriarch “Christine Baskets.” In 2017, Zach Galifianakis received an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series” for his transformation into twin brothers “Chip Baskets” and “Dale Baskets.”
What do you think? Have you enjoyed the Baskets TV show on FX? Are you sorry to hear that there won’t be a fifth season or, is this the right time to end the series?