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.
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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.
Amazon Studios scored an early Christmas present with Friday’s renewal of controversial alt-history drama The Man in the High Castle, but that’s just the beginning. The streaming service has also picked up five new dramas, including Tig Notaro and Diablo Cody’s One Mississippi, while renewing Red Oaks and Hand of God.
FX’s Louie auteur Louis C.K. famously handles most aspects of the Emmy-winning series himself on a minuscule budget, but did you know the comedian even provides his own cameras? Or that it only shoots three days a week, to accommodate custody of his real kids? Reload your morning misery with the 31st episode of ‘You Think You Know TV?’ which hits the Comedy Cellar for ten misanthropic facts of FX’s Louie.
Amazon original series have been picking up steam over the last year or so, between Emmy and Golden Globe wins for Transparent, and more high-concept launches like The Man in the High Castle, so who’s ready for 2015? Even more talent populates the next crop of Amazon pilots to choose from, including Iron Man 3 director Shane Black, Sacha Baron Cohen, and a can’t-miss comedy from Tig Notaro, Louis C.K. and Diablo Cody.
A long lead time and hectic schedules for the likes of Zach Galifianakis and Louis C.K. pushed FX clown comedy Baskets to 2016, but with fall finally upon us, the unusual sitcom effort at last has its first footage and an eye on a 2016 premiere.