Just over two months ago, when season 3 of Louie was still on the air, FX decided to renew the comedy series featuring comedian Louis C.K. for season 4. That’s good news for fans, but today’s update on the next season is a little bittersweet.

Don’t worry, season 4 is still on the way, but we won’t see it until spring 2014. That’s quite a change of pace from seeing a season every summer, but there’s a good reason for the delay, which should make fans content.

THR has word from FX president John Landgraf that Louis C.K. himself requested an extended hiatus between the third and fourth seasons. Landgraf says:

“‘Louie’ has continued to raise the bar and recharge his batteries. I don’t think there’s anyone else in business who’s produced, starred, directed and edited all but seven episodes … I’m not surprised he needs a bit of a break.”

As for where Louie might go when the series comes back in 2014, the comedian says:

“I want season four to go somewhere new. I’m looking back to when I did the first season and the time I took to do the show and decide which directions to go in and I want that back again. I want a little breathing room. The last three seasons have been a surge of fun stories and it’s been great to share all the stuff and I want the show to keep getting better. I want it to keep being something that comes from somewhere fun and important.”

This season proved to be something remarkable as Louis C.K. moved seamlessly in and out of comedy and drama. The three-episode arc following his potential gig hosting Late Night on CBS  – in the wake of the fictional retirement of David Letterman – was fantastic. Plus, the season finale was a fever dream of an episode that challenged what it is to be a comedy series in this day and age. Season 3 proved Louis C.K. has the wit and style of Woody Allen, but with the cynicism and sensibilities that only a contemporary comedy master can deliver. It’s good to hear that FX is willing to let Louis do the show on his own terms.

Aside from his extensive work on the series (which resulted in Emmy nominations in directing and acting, and an Emmy win for writing), the comedian also has a current 22-city tour for his stand-up act, and one of those shows will likely be turned into a comedy special. His last special, Louis C.K. Live At The Beacon Theatre, made waves by premiering online and earned an Emmy for Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special. The new tour is also innovative in that he sold tickets directly to his fan through his own Website, sold said tickets for a flat fee, making them extremely hard to be scalped.

Louis C.K. is arguably the hardest working comedian today, and many people just have to watch one of his specials or an episode of his series to understand what all the buzz is about. Fans will surely be disappointed to wait so long for the fourth season, but the comedian’s nationwide tour should hold them over. In the end, it’s refreshing to heard a creative mind like Louis C.K. taking the time he needs to make sure his show is of the highest quality.

Source: THR