|Russell Brand: like Lloyd Robertson, only taller, British, more naked|
There are two new, big buzz FX series opening today–one you can see now in Canada and one you can not.
The one crossing the border tonight is Brand X with Russell Brand, simulcast Thursday at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on the Rogers-owned specialty channel FX Canada. The other is Charlie Sheen’s new comedy Anger Management. More on that in a following post.
Brand X, shot before a studio audience, is being touted as the British actor/comedian’s “unvarnished and unfiltered point of view on current events, worldwide politics and popular culture.” Brand told critics at the most recent TCA press tour in January that he’ll probably veer more toward politics than pop:
We live in a time where we’re stupefied by plasticity, where we have this toxic sequined wave of vapid culture polluting our minds, denigrating our consciousness, detracting and removing us from our spirituality. So gossip-based stories would have less value other than in an analytical context. But if it was just more lacquered nonsense designed to distract us from the truth, then I would wisely ignore it.