As if Sarah Silverman, Dave Chappelle and Jerry Seinfeld weren’t enough, Netflix has picked up yet another comedy icon for new specials. Louis C.K. has joined the streaming service with a commitment for two new standup performances, the first of which will arrive as early as April.
Around this time last year, we first heard that Louie creator Louis C.K. and the legendary Albert Brooks had partnered on a new animated comedy for FX, and one year later, it’s finally official (with a tweak). TBS has officially ordered the new series, which places both comedians as The Cops.
Louis C.K. knew the risks of self-distributing his Horace and Pete TV series, incurring at least some debt before the star-studded dramedy would turn a profit. And while the series may not have taken in the kind of award recognition many hoped, Horace and Pete is finally streaming in a traditional model on Hulu.
Louis C.K.’s self-financed series got the wrong kind of attention with offhand remarks that he’d gone into debt, though the Louie creator was quick to correct that the investment would eventually pay off, particularly with sale to an official outlet. That day seems to have come, as C.K. suggests Hulu will eventually stream the 10-episode series.
Louis C.K. has made abundantly clear that Louie feels like a past phase of his life, but if Larry David can kickstart the ol’ Curb Your Enthusiasm, surely C.K. can find new inspiration, right? FX certainly hopes so, wanting the comedian to reach a new, Louie-conducive phase of his life, whatever it takes.
It’s not the type of show to bring any flashy presentation to Comic-Con, but we’re still excited for a look at Louie star Pamela Adlon’s FX Better Things, if not on the strength of its first teasers, than by C.K.’s involvement. The first full trailer makes a strong case as well, debuting well before the September premiere.
There’s nothing new or marvel about cute cuddly talking animals; they’ve been the center of animated feature films since the earliest days of animation. But in ‘The Secret Life of Pets,’ the age old shtick still works.
Pamela Adlon’s acerbic nonchalance hasn’t been seen on FX since the days of Louie, and with Season 6 somewhere in the far-flung future, Adlon is making her own fun with Better Things. The first teaser for the star’s own FX dramedy has arrived, shamelessly co-opting a Game of Thrones favorite.
Louis C.K.’s self-funded Horace and Pete seemed to make more headlines by its struggles than success, though the comedian remains adamant the 10-episode series represented the scope of his vision, money or otherwise. Now, however, C.K. has additional ideas to continue Horace and Pete into Season 2, potentially writing as early as this summer.
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.”