After 19 long months, FX's Emmy-winning 'Louie' will at long last return for a fourth season of new misanthropic adventures in the coming weeks. The initial spots for Louis C.K.'s FX return kept the comedian mostly obscured (when he wasn't diving off a bridge), but now the first bit of footage from the new season has arrived. Check out the latest 'Louie' life problem with a season 4 sneak peek!
Following a somewhat successful 'SNL' return, Louis C.K. will return to TV this coming May for the long-awaited fourth season of FX's Emmy-winner 'Louie.' Most of the early spots have cryptically avoided the award-winning comedian's face, but 'Louie' himself is at last front and center in the newest promo for the May 5 premiere, despite a dire end teased.
When an episode of 'SNL' is produced, countless sketches are pitched, but only a small number of pitches are written, and then even few written sketches are accepted. And then even fewer scripts actually make the finished show with several often being cut during dress rehearsal for a variety of reasons. The video above gives us a look into how the 'SNL' sausage is made -- it's a sketch that was cut before the final airing, starring guest host Louis C.K. as a 'Star Trek' villain who really loves his posters of shirtless humans.
So, yes, welcome to 'SNL' Scorecard’s third official home (we started way back in 2010 at Movieline before moving to HuffPost) and I hope everyone found their way over here okay? There's a new graphic! Anyway, can we dispense with the introductions now because that’s not why you’re here? Great, moving on…
What an interesting show this was! It certainly wasn’t the best show of the season – though it just might have had the best sketch – but there were a lot of oddities last night. And oddities are a good thing, as opposed to just the parade of current popular culture references that seemed to litter the first half of this season. Louis C.K. returns for his second hosting gig – and C.K. is an interesting host because (A) he’s good and (B) he’s been, let’s say, known to give up on a sketch when he knows it’s not working. (Remember when he sandbagged the “Mountain Pass” sketch?) And last night we finally did learn if Louis C.K. has a Darth Vader action figure up his butt. Anyway, let’s get to the Scorecard…
When you get Louis C.K. to host 'SNL,' there's bound to be at least one sketch that perfectly fits his specific brand of comedy, which tackles reality using surrealism and absurdity. One sketch from last night's episode felt like the perfect halfway point between an episode of C.K.'s FX comedy 'Louie' and a typically crass 'SNL' skit, making it too weird to even consider ignoring.
If you put a professional stand-up comic on a stage, he's going to want to perform. Did anyone actually expect 'SNL' guest host Louis C.K. to play along with any opening monologue idea that wasn't just eight minutes of hilarious comedy carefully culled from whatever he's working on at the moment? After all, C.K. is funny and he knows a good self-promotion opportunity when he sees it.
Where two years ago comedian and 'Louie' star Louis C.K. had his first 'SNL' hosting and promos marred by the onset of Hurricane Sandy, his March 29 return looks to be much smoother sailing. The first promos for this Saturday's 'SNL' return have arrived, wherein the revered comedian jokes with Kenan Thompson about his 'Louie' "character," and the initials of his last name.
So very long ago, we were devastated to learn that FX's Emmy darling 'Louie' would go on hiatus until 2014, allowing Louis C.K. the creative freedom to refine an already-adored series. Now, at long last, FX has set a May return date for the comedian's vignette series, with an extra episode in tow and a heaping helping of new 'Louie' every week.
Last night's 'SNL' featuring 'Girls' creator Lena Dunham only ticked so far up from last week's abysmal show with Jim Parsons of 'The Big Bang Theory,' but the longrunning NBC sketch comedy series' March 29 return will bring back a much more dependable host. Louis C.K. will return for his second hosting gig after 2012, but who will accompany the eternal sadsack 'Louie' star?
FX remains among the critical favorites for its high-profile talent and strong approach to original storytelling, but the latest pilot news to come out of the TCA press tour has even the most stalwart viewers excited. 'The Hangover' vet Zach Galifianakis will star in a new FX sitcom executive produced by Louis C.K., while John Hawkes and 'Arrested Development''s Michael Cera will star in the new Charlie Kaufman pilot 'How & Why.'