Things just keep getting better and better for comedian Louis C.K. Fresh off his second-consecutive Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for his breakout FX comedy Louie, C.K.'s also earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Direction for a Comedy Series. If that all wasn't enough, his upcoming stand-up tour is steadily selling out all around the country, and he's found a way to cut out the middle-man when it comes to fans purchasing tickets for his shows.
Now comes word that FX will renew Louie for a 13-episode fourth season. The season 3 currently has eight episodes remaining, and can be seen Thursday nights at 10:30pm (EST) on FX.
President and Manager of FX Networks, John Landgraf, offered nothing but praise for the show and the man behind it, saying:
"There are not enough superlatives in the English language to bestow on Louie or the work Louis C.K. is doing. With this series, he has changed the form and is doing truly groundbreaking, landmark work that is inspiring a whole new generation of artist. Simply put, he is making one of the best shows anywhere on television."
Fans of the show will undoubtedly be elated by the news, as Louie has arguably improved with each passing season, and continues to draw praise from viewers and critics alike. Season 3 has continued the trademark brand of observational humor C.K. has built the show (and a faithful audience) upon, interspersed with the usual stand-up segments, all of which consist of original material written for the series.
The sheer unpredictability of the show has been one of its major draws, as, unlike a more standard situation comedy, Louie often consists of unconnected scenes and sequences that don't always adhere to a larger, overarching narrative. Additionally, C.K. remains the only real constant, in terms of characters. While the list of guest actors and comedians who have made appearances is quite impressive (Chris Rock, Dane Cook, Ricky Gervais, Joan Rivers, to name a few), rarely do they return for multiple episodes.
Louie is set primarily in New York City, but Season 3 has seen the show branch out a bit, location-wise. A recent episode was set in Miami, while an upcoming episode will take place in China. A special one-hour season finale has been scheduled for September 27 at 10:00pm (EST).
Despite all of the Emmy nominations Louie has garnered in recent years, it still has yet to earn a nod for Outstanding Comedy Series. If the fourth season continues to build upon the very sturdy (and funny) foundation that is already in place, such a nomination could be in the show's future.
As stated, Louie currently airs on Thursday nights at 10:30pm (EST) on FX.