Tonight’s season finale of Legit will be the FXX comedy’s swan song. FX Networks confirmed today that the sophomore comedy starring Jim Jefferies has been canceled along with the FX freshman animated series Chozen. FX Networks CEO John Landgraf said last month that FX and FXX would be doubling their original output in the next year and that the fate of Legit and Chozen would be decided after their current seasons. Chozen wrapped its 10-episode run March 31. Legit was renewed for Season 2 in March 2013, along with fellow FX comedies It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia and The League, and all three were moved to the fledgling FXX, along with late-night talker Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell, which has since been cancelled. Legit followed the often often raunchy adventures of Jefferies, an expat Aussie comedian living in Venice, CA, with his boozy, divorced best friend Steve (Dan Bakkedahl) and Steve’s kid brother Billy (DJ Qualls), a quadraplegic with MS. Chozen, about a gay white rapper (voiced by Bobby Moynihan) who’s fresh out of prison, was from Danny McBride — whose Eastbound & Down recently wrapped a four-season run on HBO — and his Rough Pictures partners Jody Hill and David Gordon Green. Chozen was the first original series order for FXX back in June.
FXX has set a February 26 premiere date for original comedy series Legit and Ali G: Rezurection. Season 2 of Legit will bow at 10 PM followed by Ali G: Rezurection at 10:30 PM. Legit picks up with comedian Jim Jefferies pondering why he’s never had a relationship longer than six months, whether he’s a sex addict and how to deal with an extended visit from his parents and his roommates’ dad, Walter (John Ratzenberger). Ali G: Rezurection includes every episode of Da Ali G Show with new, original introductions starring Sacha Baron Cohen, along with the BAFTA Award-winning English episodes of Da Ali G Show that never aired on American television and The Best of Ali G. Da Ali G Show debuted on Channel 4 in the UK and aired on HBO in the U.S.
Three of FX’s comedy series — flagship It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, The League and Legit — will help launch new sibling FXX (formerly Fox Soccer), along with late-night show Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. Sunny, The League and Legit have been renewed for Season 10, 6 and 2, respectively. Additionally, Totally Biased will expand to five nights a week after it moves to FXX when the network launches September 2. The plan for FXX is to start with four original comedy series and one late-night show. The fourth original comedy will likely come from one of FX’s half-hour pilots, FX president John Landgraf said. Live talk show Brand X With Russell Brand will be moving over to FXX if the show returns for a third season. Langraf said a decision on that would made in the next few months. The new network’s original offerings will go up to six comedy series by the second year and to gradually introduce dramas.
The western crime drama Justified will wrap up its fourth season on April 2, FX announced today. Archer and Legit will follow on April 11, with Archer‘s Season 4 finale set for 10 PM and Legit‘s Season 1 capper at 10:30 PM. The Ultimate Fighter ends its season on April 13, with a three-hour finale beginning at 9 PM.
FX announced today 2013 return dates for four series and a premiere date for the new series Legit. Justified will be back on January 8 at 10 PM for its fourth season, with the rest of the series set to return January 17: Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management starts its back-90 run, launching with back-to-back episodes at 9 and 9:30 PM before settling into its regular 9:30 slot. Archer will make its Season 4 premiere at 10, and the recently reordered Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell will air at 11. Legit, the new comedy series starring Jim Jeffries that has a 13-episode order, will have its series premiere that night at 10:30 PM.
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At this morning’s TCA panel for the new FX comedy Legit — starring Aussie comedian Jim Jeffries in the story of a comic’s attempt to go legitimate in his life — actor DJ Qualls (who plays his disabled brother Billy on the series) was asked how he looks so convincing as a disabled guy. It turns out he is himself a cancer survivor from when he was very young and — as a result of the disease — decidedly undersized. “I had Stage 3 near Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Disease,” he said. “Chemotherapy kills all fast-growing cells. So my bones never widened, just lengthened.” But Qualls was determined not to spoil the comic mood onstage. He was quick to add, “My penis, though, is fully functioning and a very nice size.”
FX has picked up comedy pilot presentation Legit starring Australian comedian Jim Jefferies to series with a 13-episode order. The scripted comedy, co-created by Peter O’Fallon and Jefferies, is about comedian Jim (Jefferies) and his misguided attempts to become legitimate in life. He is encouraged in his quest by his best friend Steve (Dan Bakkedahl), and Steve’s brother Billy (D.J. Qualls). O’Fallon (The Riches), who directed the pilot, Jefferies and Rick Cleveland (Nurse Jackie) serve as Executive Producers, along with Lisa Blum of New Wave Entertainment.
The series, produced FX Prods, will debut in January 2013. “This is going to be a breakout vehicle for Jim,” said Nick Grad, FX’s EP of Original Programming. “He has such a unique voice which is the common trait of any great comedian. It just happens to be spoken with an Australian accent.” Said Jefferies, “FX has set the bar so high with shows like Louie and Sunny, but I believe Peter and I have created something special. The cast is amazing and FX has given us all the freedom we need.” This is the second FX comedy series co-created and starring an Australian, joining Wilfred, co-created/toplined by Jason Gann. FX’s comedy roster also includes It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Archer, Louie and late-night entries Brand X with Russell Brand and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. Legit was packaged by CAA.
Joel Gretsch (V) has joined Lifetime’s original movie Of Two Minds. The film chronicles the relationship between a woman (Kristin Davis) and her younger sister (Tammy Blanchard), who has schizophrenia. Gretsch, repped by APA and Mosaic, will play Davis’ husband. Jim O’Hanlon is directing from a script by Richard Friedenber.
Gillian Vigman and Dan Bakkedahl have joined Jim Jefferies and Peter O’Fallon’s FX comedy pilot presentation Legit. Directed by Peter O’Fallon, Legit centers Jim (Jefferies), a misanthrope trying to go legit. Former Daily Show correspondent Bakkedahl, repped by Paradigm and Principal, will play Jim’s world-weary, floundering, divorced roommate. Vigman, repped by APA and Brillstein, will play a funny and smart Harvard-trained psychiatrist forced to diffuse Jim’s endless advances. The actress, best known for her role in The Hangover franchise, has been recurring on ABC’s Suburgatory and Fox’s New Girl.
EXCLUSIVE: FX has greenlighted comedy pilot presentation Legit. Directed by Peter O’Fallon, Legit stars Australian comedian Jim Jefferies, who is being described as “shockingly charming and brutally honest.” Legit centers on a misanthrope (Jefferies) trying to go legit. CAA-repped Jefferies and O’Fallon co-wrote the script and will executive produce, with Jefferies’ manager Lisa Blum also producing. Last year, Jefferies had a comedy series in development at Comedy Central about his new life in the U.S. O’Fallon recently directed the pilot for Lifetime’s The Protector, the ninth of 11 pilots he has directed to go to series.