When an offbeat up-and-comer hits it big — be it a musician, actor or comedian — they can lose their edge. Sometimes stars sell out on their way to the top. So it’s nice to know that even though Zach Galifianakis is making that Hangover money, he’s still staying true to his weirdo roots.
The Between Two Ferns host created new comedy Baskets (Series Premiere, 10 p.m. Thursday, FX) with Louis C.K. (Louie) and Jonathan Krisel (Tim & Eric, Portlandia) — basically a trifecta of absurd comedy gold. Galifianakis stars as Chip Baskets, an aspiring professional clown. After failing to graduate from an elite Parisian clown school — due in part to his failure to grasp the French language — Baskets returns to Bakersfield, Calif., to work as a rodeo clown.
Baskets is joined by his Green-Card-wife Penelope, his fraternal twin brother Dale (also played by Galifianakis, in a role that harkens back to Zach’s “twin” Seth Galifianakis, made popular in his Live at the Purple Onion special) and his mother. Portrayed by Louie Anderson.
The Goldbergs (8:30 p.m., ABC) – Adam flips when his favorite game show — Nickelodeon’s iconic Double Dare — holds auditions at school. Take the physical challenge!
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
(10 p.m., FXX) – The Gang gets the Ski School treatment when they leave Philly
to hit the slopes.
American Crime (10 p.m., ABC) – Kevin is revealed to be a participant in the incident. When cornered by a reporter, Leslie places blame on Taylor’s mom, putting Anne on the defensive.
Kocktails with Khloe (Series Premiere, 10 p.m., FYI) – Top Kardashian du jour Khloe breaks for this new (drink-and-)talk show not on the E! network.
Portlandia (Season Premiere, 10 p.m., IFC) – The Flaming Lips headline Pickathon (a real-life Oregon music festival where the episode was filmed), but the band runs into issues when a similarly named group also performs. Turned off by high prices and temperatures, Brendan and Michelle virtually attend the fest via drone.
Workaholics (10 p.m., Comedy Central) – The guys attend an N.A. meeting.
Lip Sync Battle (10 p.m., Spike) – Black-ish star Anthony Anderson battles on-screen wife Tracee Ellis Ross.
Idiotsitter (10:30 p.m., Comedy Central) – When Billie tries to force Gene to complete a book report, Gene tries to get her fired.
Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m., NBC) – UFC badass Ronda Rousey may be taking a break from fighting, but she’s making up for it onscreen: a hefty Entourage cameo, a role in an upcoming Paula Pell comedy with Tina Fey, and this week she hosts SNL with musical guest Selena Gomez.
The X-Files (Series Premiere, 10 p.m., Fox) – Mulder and Scully are back. In this 10th-season opener, the duo reteams when a popular web-show host uncovers a possible government conspiracy. Elsewhere, someone who claims to have been abducted by aliens shakes Mulder’s beliefs.
The limited series continues with its regular schedule at 8 p.m. Monday with an investigation into a scientist’s suicide that leads the two to a lab used for unusual genetic experiments.
Lucifer (Series Premiere, 9 p.m., Fox) – Bored with life in Hell, Lucifer Morningstar relocates to Los Angeles, where he decides to kill time making criminals suffer. Aw, the devil is just like Dexter!
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