Louie is the crown jewel in FX’s comedy crown, thanks to almost universal critical acclaim and Emmy wins for writing for creator and star Louis C.K., but at FX’s Television Critics Association presentation Friday, we learned that the show is, for the second time, going on an “extended hiatus.”
After the end of its third season in September 2012, Louie took a break, and didn’t return until the spring of 2014. This time, the timeline isn’t set, and FX CEO John Landgraf said Friday that the show will be back whenever Louis C.K. wants it back, comparing the hiatus to Curb Your Enthusiasm, a show that will return to HBO if creator Larry David decides he actually wants to make a new season.
“Louis’ anxious to take a break and work on other things,” Landgraf said. “I think Curb is the right analogy. So, the truth is, I really don’t know [when the show will return]. He’s made 61 magnificent episodes of television, and we did an overall deal with him a couple of years ago and that has proven incredibly productive. There’s actually a third [C.K.-produced] series in the hopper that’ll get announced pretty soon that I think is also equally compelling. It’s really going to be his choice. He could decide to take as long as a six-month hiatus … he could decide to take a two-year hiatus and we could be where HBO is with Larry David, announcing periodically that subsequent seasons will air.”
Louie fans won’t be without something to watch, though. The network has given the greenlight to Better Things, a series produced and directed by C.K., starring and co-created by Pamela Adlon, who serves as a producer on Louie and has played a love interest on the show. The series isn’t billed as a direct spinoff of Louie, but it is described as a show in which Adlon plays ”a working actor with no filter trying to earn a living, navigate her daughters’ lives, have fun with a friend or two, and also — just maybe — squeeze in some private time once in a while.” So, it’s entirely possible we’ll get the same Louie vibe from this show.
Better Things has a 10-episode order, and hopefully it will fill that Louie shaped void in our TV lives.