Louie Officially Returning To FX In May

By Nick Venable 2 years ago discussion comments
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Two weeks into 2014, and itís already been a huge year for fans of comedian Louis C.K., as if it isnít always rewarding being a Louis C.K. fan. The latest and greatest of all the recent announcements comes from FX President John Landgraf, who stated the much-anticipated fourth season of C.K.ís critically acclaimed series Louie will officially be back on TV in May. Ever since C.K. first started his hiatus after the third season, the show was expected to make its return right around May, but actually having it confirmed once and for all is really quite excellent.

Landgraf made his announcement at this yearís Televisions Critics Association, via Huffington Post. This is a series that has only gotten better and more genre-defying with each season, so the pessimist in me was half-expecting it to never return now that the comedianís acting career has picked up with roles in Woody Allenís Blue Jasmine and David O. Russellís American Hustle. Itís a good thing C.K. enjoys doing his own thing more than acting for other people.

This comes right on the heels of the pilot order for a series created by and starring Zach Galifianakis, which he will be co-writing with C.K. Should it make it to series, it would star Galifianakis, and would be the first fruit born of FXís recent development deal with C.K.ís production company. Iím not sure where the Louie episodes are in the production process, so it seemed plausible that this pilot might delay Louie in some way, but thankfully that isnít the case.

Before that, C.K. announced heíd be self-releasing the first film he ever directed, 1998ís absurdist comedy Tomorrow Night. Many assumed the film (which starred an entire generation of comedians including Steve Carell, Amy Poehler and Robert Smigel) would never see the light of day, but C.K. is using the same $5 distribution deal he employed when releasing his last few stand-up features. Eliminating a middle man while causing stomachs to ache with laughter is something heís quite good at, so Iíll be dropping a fiver as soon as that comes out.

Plus, C.K. recently appeared in the third season premiere of Crackleís Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with show creator Jerry Seinfeld. With all of these things going on, the comedian is as much in the public eye as heís ever been, which will hopefully lead to big ratings for Louieís fourth season. The series received its highest accolade last year when Melissa Leo took home the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy. And when you watch that scene below, youíll know exactly how she earned it.

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