You’ve got to give FX credit, they just keep scraping their way out of the box. No matter whether idiot audiences appreciate their efforts, the cable network refuses give up on us and their new ideas. In a time when every other movie is a remake or a sequel or prequel, the majority of television shows are mindless and dull, it takes innovative people to continue the effort to find something new and interesting. And FX certainly recognizes when they’ve found a winning combination of writers/producers or great actors/headliners, as evidenced by the the renewal of “Justified,” return of “Nip/Tuck” team, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk and now, actor/comedian Eddie Izzard. Izzard’s last FX gig was the criminally underwatched and beautifully acted, “The Riches,” which I still mourn. But Izzard isn’t one to rest on his laurels; he had an idea for a show, got together with writer/producer Doug Jung (“Big Love, Dark Blue”) and pitched it to FX. Deadline says the untitled drama will headline Izzard as “disgraced” ex-congressman Eddie Braun who, after a sexcapade, creates himself a new job as an amoral “political fixer.” Braun’s political knowledge and willingness to use blackmail and weapons to manipulate people keep him busy behind D.C. doors.
Izzard, who is currently busy with a guest run as a psychology professor on Showtime’s “United States of Tara,” is at his best when he’s snide, sarcastic and sneaky, so this sounds like his perfect role. I’m looking forward to seeing which other actors will come aboard the show.