'Da Ali G Show' Lands on Cable as Sacha Baron Cohen Inks Deal THR
The man behind "Borat," "Ali G" and "The Dictator's" Admiral General Aladeen is headed to TV. The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed reports that Sacha Baron Cohen inked a first-look deal with FX Productions that will bring unaired episodes of "Da Ali G Show" to FXX starting next year.
"In addition to developing new comedy projects for FX Productions, whose current comedy efforts include 'Legit,' 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia,' 'Archer' and critical darling 'Louie,' Baron Cohen will film new introductions to 'Da Ali G Show' -- which first debuted in the U.K. in 2003," the story reports.
Nick Grad, FX Networks and FX Productions president of original programming, said in making the announcement: "We're thrilled to be in business with Sacha Baron Cohen. He is an amazing talent, and we look forward to him developing new series for FXP. We're also excited to introduce 'Da Ali G Show' and Sacha's characters to a new audience on FXX. And we can't wait to see how he will incorporate new, original content in the episodes."
HBO had the U.S. run of "Da Ali G Show," but did not air all 18 episodes. The show helped launch Baron Cohen's film career, with his 2006 mockumentary "Borat" earning him a Golden Globe as best actor in a musical or comedy.
"The network is branding the run Ali G: Rezurection, which will premiere in February 2014 on FXX," THR notes.