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FX Picks Up Izzard Drama

Sep 6, 2006  •  Post A Comment

FX has picked up British comedian Eddie Izzard’s new drama for 13 episodes, a network spokesman confirmed.

With a working title of “The Riches” (formerly “Low Life”), the series stars Mr. Izzard and Minnie Driver as the parents of con-artist family. When they find another family killed in a car accident, Mr. Izzard’s clan assumes their identities and settles down in the suburbs.

The pilot order was announced in December. FX President and General Manager John Landgraf sent the first cut back for re-shoots to lighten the show’s tone. “The Riches” will be the first family drama for FX, a channel known for its dark anti-heroes.

“It’s going to be a TVMA show, so I hesitate to call it a family show,” Mr. Landgraf said. “But it’s a show about a family and very funny. Izzard is a world-class comedian and here people will see he’s a world-class actor.”

“The Riches” was created by playwright Dmitry Lipkin, who wrote the pilot episode and will executive produce along with Mr. Izzard

The series will debut in second quarter of 2007. Courtney Cox’s tabloid news drama “Dirt’ will debut on FX in the first quarter.