Since 2012, the FX basic cable network tried to make a star of foul-mouthed Brit Russell Brand with a live talk show, Brand X
. After two seasons of failure, the network has thrown in the towel on Brand’s show…but the alleged “comedian” is still hanging around the network.
In a “talk show” filled with sex-, drug-, and toilet humor, spewing profanity and unintentional malaprops, and relying on such tired bits
as insulting hecklers and trashing audience members
, former Katy Perry spouse Russell Brand amply demonstrated why his show drew approximately one-half of one percent of the pay-TV subscribers in America (all of whom, however, were forced to subsidize his sleazy show). With such dismal numbers, it is little surprise that even FX -- a network which is accustomed to drawing low ratings with its extreme-content shows – was forced to end the program…but apparently, Brand himself isn’t going anywhere.
This also is not a surprise. With the upcoming launch of its spin-off network FXX – which will be focused on comedy, as FX is on drama – the FX empire is desperate for programming. The current intention is to build an Curb Your Enthusiasm
-style sitcom around Brand as a beleaguered Hollywood insider’s messed-up life. With the casting of former heroin user and alcoholic sex addict Brand, at least they’ve got a star who can act the part.