Following the conclusion of the show’s third season back in 2012, many wondered what comedian Louis C.K. had planned for season 4 of FX’s Louie the following year. However, in a move that may have come as a surprise, C.K. opted to take break from the show, keeping new episodes away from audiences until the summer of 2014. And now it seems that will once again be the plan.
At FX’s TCA presentation on Friday, it was announced that, as in 2013, the series will go on an extended hiatus. Ultimately, this means the likelihood of new episodes arriving in 2016 are rather slim.
However, while there may not be any Louie, it doesn’t mean C.K. won't be working with FX during his time off. Not long ago, the network signed an overall deal with the comedian's production company in order to keep him in the family, and that deal is now starting to produce results. First up is a potential companion series to Louie titled Better Things, starring actor-writer and frequent C.K. collaborator Pamela Adlon. In addition, FX president John Landgraf stated the network is currently developing a third C.K.-produced series, and that project should expect an announcement soon.
In an official release from FX, Better Things was summed up as follows:
"What’s it like to be a working woman raising three daughters on her own? Don’t ask. Ok. Since you asked. Things get gnarly. And bloody. And funny. Well to you, anyway. In Better Things, Adlon plays “Sam,” 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. Her life is funny to watch, but you wouldn't want to live it (except sometimes)."
In discussing C.K.'s pending break from his series, Landgraf made reference to the fact that he views Louie the same way HBO does Curb Your Enthusiasm:
"I think Curb is the right analogy… I really don’t know [when the show will return]. [C.K.]’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… 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."
So, while Louie may not be on the air, we can rest assured that Louis C.K. isn’t leaving our television screens completely. His presence will still be felt in the coming season, and until the time comes when he opts to produce more episodes of his Emmy-winning comedy, there will always be reruns on various streaming outlets to watch.
Stay tuned for more news on Louie as it develops.