FX Canada acquires Russell Brand talk show

The live comedy show, debuting this spring, will feature the British actor's commentary on contemporary politics and pop culture.

As Russell Brand jumps on U.S. television, FX Canada has snagged the Canadian rights to the British comic’s upcoming late night talk show for its own male-skewing schedule.

The 6 x 30-minute series from FX Productions, to be taped before a live audience and debut this spring, will be FX Canada’s first late night talker after rolling out U.S. scripted dramas like American Horror Story, Wilfred, The League, Lights Out, Terriers and Sons of Anarchy.

In a statement Wednesday, Rogers Media president of broadcasting Scott Moore said the series, where Russell Brand waxes comically about politics and pop culture, is “on brand” with FX Canada’s current roster of programming.

Brand is best known to Canadians for his movie credits, including Arthur, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek.

From Playback Daily