Louie hiatus

Over on FX, the comedy series Louie has been churning out some of the best comedy that television has ever seen, going back and forth between episodic stories and two or three-part episodes. But sadly, fans of the show from comedian Louis C.K. will be waiting a while before they see new episodes.

FX’s CEO John Landgraf just revealed at the Television Critics Association press day that Louie is on extended hiatus again with no indication as to when the show will be back. But the show is most certainly not canceled. Find out more about the Louie hiatus after the jump! Read More »


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FX 2015 TV shows

The Television Critics Association panels have been going on for the past week or so, and we’ve had plenty of great updates from Fred Topel’s interviews and coverage that you can check out right here.

Today, straight from the TCA, comes some announcements from FX, which includes a renewal for a third season of The Strain, orders for two new comedy series featuring some familiar FX talent, a new home for Archer, and fall premiere dates for American Horror Story: Hotel, the second season of Fargo and more.

Get details on the new and returning FX 2015 TV shows after the jump! Read More »

‘Louie’ Season 5 Sets Premiere Date


Here’s hoping you didn’t have any social engagements for April, because the April TV calendar is getting more crowded by the day. FX has set the Louie Season 5 premiere for Thursday, April 9 at 10:30 PM. The new season will consist of eight episodes.

According to star/creator Louis C.K., the series is headed toward a lighter tone after the heaviness of Season 4. “This season is more laugh-centric funny than season four,” he said. “I had a very playful and goofy feeing going into this season.”

Also debuting in April are Game of Thrones Season 5, Veep Season 4, and Silicon Valley Season 2 on HBO; Mad Men Season 7 Part 2 on AMC; Orphan Black Season 3 on BBC America; and Daredevil Season 1 on Netflix.

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Walter White may have had a rough year, but Breaking Bad had a great one. The AMC drama practically swept the 2014 Emmy Awards tonight with five wins, including Best Drama Series. The only series to pick up more statuettes this year was Sherlock: His Last Vow — and that’s only if you count the four Creative Arts Emmys it won earlier this month on top of the three it picked up during the telecast.

On the comedy side, Emmy voters continued to be high on Modern Family, which won Best Comedy Series for the fifth year in a row. Indeed, the most noticeable pattern to emerge in 2014, better or for worse, was Emmy’s preference for repeat winners over new ones. All four victors in the major acting categories had won before. Meanwhile, newbies like Orange Is the New Black and Silicon Valley were shut out. Even True Detective managed just one win during the ceremony, for director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Oh well. At least Fargo went home with Best Miniseries.

Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

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Fargo season 2

Today FX announced the renewal of two of its most critically-acclaimed shows: Louie and Fargo. Writer/director/star/producer/editor Louis C.K. will create a fifth season of his unpredictable show. And Noah Hawley will get to make a second season of Fargo. But for the latter show there are some big changes ahead. The entire cast, story, and setting will be different for season two.

Update: Some story and setting details have been revealed about Fargo season 2 — that info is below. And part of this new info contradicts the previous report. The cast will be new, but a couple of characters will return, in younger incarnations.

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After an interminable nearly-two-year absence, Louis CK‘s FX original series Louie finally made a return this past week. I’ve missed this show dearly. Not only does it allow viewers to mainline CK’s twisted, bleak worldview, but every episode is beautifully shot and edited, and every episode is directed by CK himself.

This week’s season premiere actually consisted of two episodes, the latter of which, “Model,” I was particularly taken with. In the episode, CK performs at charity benefit full of billionaires and bombs horribly, only to be seduced by a beautiful heiress who finds him funny. “Model” was so gorgeously filmed that I just had to pick apart some of the shots to explore what CK was trying to do with them. You’ll find my (SPOILER-filled) thoughts after the jump. Louie airs on Mondays on FX.
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FX Sets ‘Louie’ Season 4 Premiere Date

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Briefly: Remember Louie? FX comedy, critically acclaimed, last seen in the fall of 2012? Well, it’s finally coming back. FX announced today that it has set the Louie Season 4 premiere date for 10 PM on Monday, May 5And to reward Louis C.K.‘s patient fans, the network is even throwing in an extra episode. Season 4 will run 14 episodes long instead of the usual 13, with two episodes airing per week through June 16.

By the time Louie returns, it’ll have been off the air for about 19 months. At the time that the hiatus was announced, C.K. told press that he needed “a little breathing room” so that the show could “keep getting better.” In a statement, FX CEO John Landgraf enthused that C.K. had done just that.

“Louis said he needed extra time between seasons three and four of his show because – even though Louie was the most critically acclaimed television comedy series in America – he needed to make it even better,” he said. “Based on the first three episodes we’ve seen, remarkably, he accomplished his goal.” [TheWrap]

Louis CK

Louis C.K. is deep into writing and shooting the next season of Louie, but he took a break earlier this week to share some thoughts on Sirius XM’s The Opie and Anthony Show. In addition to talking with Tim’s Vermeer producer Penn Gillette and talking about his first movie Tomorrow Night (which is now online), the comic lambasted two of 2013’s critical successes: Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity and J.C. Chandor’s All Is Lost.

On the topic of Gravity, C.K. admitted it was the last movie he saw in IMAX 3D and joked about Sandra Bullock’s character being highly unbelievable. As for All Is Lost, C.K. is a ship captain himself so he was equally annoyed at how Robert Redford’s character handled that particular situation. And, as you’d imagine, all the observations are on point and hilarious. He also talks about the new season of Louie, which includes a hurricane and American Hustle. Listen below. Read More »

Louis CK Developing Another Series at FX


FX made a wise decision this week and invested more heavily in the twisted mind of Louis CK. The comedian, now one of the most popular and influential in the world, has been racking up acclaim for the network with his show, Louie. Now FX has signed him for an overall production deal which includes a brand new show that he’ll create, executive produce, and potentially write and direct.  Read More »