Louis C.K.’s Horace and Pete is far enough in the rear-view that Louie fans remain optimistic for a sixth season somewhere down the line, but the comedian doesn’t seem to be changing his tune on the beloved FX dramedy. Not only does the series remain on hiatus, C.K. himself says “I don’t think I have stories for that guy anymore.”
Comedian Louis C.K. is known for his exceptional candor, the nature of which netted additional Horace and Pete headlines over admissions that the self-financed drama had put him into debt by failing to recoup investments quickly enough. The internet being what it is, C.K. now assures that he’s “so not broke,” and every TV series undergoes the same lull.
Louis C.K. didn’t offer any warning in releasing his brand-new original streaming series Horace and Pete, so it stands to reason the end would arrive with equally measured fanfare. The comedian confirms the recent tenth episode as the series’ last, even if the promotional campaign has only just begun.
Louis C.K.’s self-financed and produced Horace and Pete gave the comedian a major creative high, enough that FX’s Louie seems like a distant memory, but the unorthodox financing may have caught up with him, According to C.K. himself, lackluster sales of the streaming series place him “millions of dollars in debt,” at least for now.
Both Louis C.K. and FX have been honest about the fact that Louie’s return will be up to the comedian himself in time, a prospect overshadowed by C.K.’s recent work on the independently-produced Horace and Pete. That series has finally “wrapped” its season, but C.K. isn’t feeling particularly awash in new Louie ideas just yet.
A few months back, FX bosses acknowledged the potential for Louis C.K.’s self-produced Horace and Pete to potentially compete for Emmys with the comedian’s former home, though the real truth is a bit more surprising. Horace and Pete will indeed submit for a wide variety of Emmy categories, but as a drama.
We’re a few episodes deep into Louis C.K.‘s unique Horace and Pete experiment, the near-weekly release of an original sitcom dramedy distributed entirely through the comedian’s website, and FX must feel at least a little green, especially with Louie on indefinite hiatus. FX head John Landgraf apparently offered C.K. a home on FX, and may consider a second window eventually.
This past weekend, Louis C.K. dropped yet another surprise for fans in the form of a new 67-minute episode of Horace and Pete, seemingly the first in a star-studded new series. Now, the comedian reveals that a second episode will drop as early as this weekend, and for a reduced price at that.
FX’s Louie may be on extended hiatus, but Louis C.K. himself is taking no breaks. The revered comedian surprisingly released the first episode of a new Cheers-type comedy over the weekend, Horace and Pete, starring the likes of Steve Buscemi, Alan Alda, Jessica Lange and more.
Late last year we learned the saddening, if expected news that Louis C.K. would step back from Louie once again, perhaps taking a Curb Your Enthusiasm approach with periodic returns. It doesn’t seem as if a few months have changed the comedian’s mind, as both he and FX “just don’t know” if and when Louie will return.