Comedian Louis C.K. hosted SNL for the first time in his career over the weekend — as anyone who’s on the comic’s mailing list knows — and one of the sketches saw Louis taking on Lincoln in the style of the show Louie. It’s not Spielberg’s Lincoln, exactly, but it is definitely Louis C.K.’s vision. The sixteenth President makes a pretty good stand-in for Louie, and this short video is also a great companion to the brooding but driven Lincoln of Spielberg’s film.  Read More »

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It’s one thing to hear of the truncated fourth season of Community being delayed, and quite another to hear today’s news that FX is putting Louis C.K.‘s show Louie on “extended hiatus.” Louie‘s fourth season will arrive in 2014, but in this case the delay doesn’t seem to be related to corporate indecision about how to handle the show. Rather, it is a way to allow Louis C.K. to create the show at a pace that will keep it vital and powerful. Which is to say: while waiting longer than usual for the next season isn’t so great, the reason for the delay is the best possible one. Read More »

As the Bluths and the Munsters prepare to come back to TV, it looks like SAMCRO and the MacLaren’s gang may be on their way out. After the jump:

  • Here’s Michael Cera on the Arrested Development set
  • More details on the Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane
  • Modern Family‘s adults get their raises, kids want the same
  • FX renews Louie and probably Wilfred and Justified
  • Anger Management gets Martin Sheen, many more episodes
  • FX’s Sons of Anarchy will likely end after Season 7
  • How I Met Your Mother will treat Season 8 like it’s the last
  • … which means releasing a new original soundtrack, apparently
  • CBS unveils posters for Elementary, Vegas, and more

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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam continue their discussion about the promise of 3D television, praise the humor of Klown and the rawness of Fake It So Real, and chat about the problems and greatness of The Newsroom and Louie, respectively. Special guest Jeff Cannata joins us from The Totally Rad Show.

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Fans of FX’s Louie will no doubt be thrilled to check out this unrevealing but artsy teaser for the show’s third season, but it’s Showtime that steals most of the spotlight in today’s TV Bits. The premium cable network has a new poster for Episodes, a new teaser for Homeland, and possibly even a new love interest for Dexter. Also after the jump:

  • Damages sets a start date for its fifth and final season
  • The horror-sitcom Holliston gets renewed for Season 2
  • AMC mulls over six scripts for possible pilot orders

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It’s weird to me that a comedian from Boston has become one of the most inspiring creators working today. Chalk that up to the wonders of the world — if such things were predictable they wouldn’t be so wonderful to realize.

The standup routines Louis C.K. performs have become more and more honest over the past few years, and his show on FX, Louie, has refined that honesty into the sort of television that comes around once a generation. Louis C.K. writes, directs, produces and edits the show, with a degree of freedom that is almost unheard-of in television. He says things that no one else seems to be saying, but it isn’t just the saying — it’s that he questions his own approach to comedy, and to life, through every show. By letting us in on that process of self-evaluation, the guy who made a wild joke about duck vaginas has become the guy whose plain language suggets a way to live a better life: Don’t be selfish. Keep your mind open. Learn, always.

Even better than Louis C.K.’s show has been the occasional interview where he talks, often with genuine wonder and joy, about the process of creating his material and the show. He just released a new stand-up special via his own website; you pay $5 and can download or stream the show. As part of the promotional push for the special he took to Reddit to answer questions from fans. His answers are hilarious and enlightening. And, for those who might have wondered, he does want to make a film in the future.

So this is really a post to say “holy shit, Louis C.K. has become great in a way that just boggles my mind, but also gives me a glowing hope for the future that I almost can’t even bear.” But there is some movie-related content, too, and you can read that after the break. Read More »

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This week, Dave, Devindra, Angie, and Adam weigh in on the new Netflix price increase, share their joys and disappointments from the 2011 Emmy nominations, and lavish some love on the second season of Louie.

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The Last AirbenderThis week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley celebrate the selection of Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, reflect on the brilliance of Louis CK, and delve into the mysteries of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Special guest Dan Trachtenberg joins us from the Totally Rad Show.

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