FX's Louie Won't Return Until Spring 2014, as Louis C.K. Is Granted an Extended Hiatus

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Louie HiatusLouis C.K. has asked FX for a laugh break, and as such, Season 4 of Louie — which he writes, produces, directs, stars in and edits — will not hit the airwaves until 2014, the Emmy-winning funnyman announced on Tuesday.

The extended hiatus, C.K. said in a conference call with reporters, will allow him time to deliver the very best Season 4 (which he envisions as the start of a new “trilogy”), as well as spend a proper amount of time on his stand-up career.

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Season 3 of Louie ended on Sept. 27, and typically the series launches new seasons every June. C.K.’s plan is to start shooting new episodes in September or October of 2013, to begin airing in May 2014.

Are you disappointed by this news? Or do you recognize that the writer/director/producer/actor/editor deserves mayyyybe just a little time to breathe?

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Comments (14)

  • thats the single longest hiatus i’ve ever seen. that will be a horrible wait for fans of the show. hopefully fx won’t give up on it sometime in between (the first thought that popped into my head). at the least this will give me a chance to catch up on it since it is apparently really good.

    Comment by Alan – October 9, 2012 11:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Have you ever heard of Sherlock?

      Comment by dee – October 9, 2012 12:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Haha! This.

        Comment by This – October 9, 2012 02:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Have you ever heard of Torchwood?

        Comment by boastfulbadger – October 12, 2012 12:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It’s only 3 months longer than the hiatus between the 4th and 5th season of Mad Men.

      Comment by Chance – October 9, 2012 12:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

    Comment by maria – October 9, 2012 11:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’d rather have another great season in 2014 than a run-of-the-mill one next year.

    Comment by TV Gord – October 9, 2012 11:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed. Also, the format of the show’s makes it an unusual hybrid of sitcom and observational/sketch comedy, so an extended hiatus won’t force the audience to be tormented by dangling plot threads the same way it is for more serialized shows.

      Comment by Rob – October 9, 2012 12:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ll definetly miss the show, but jeeeez, the man deserves a break. I’ll still be here when it comes back.

    Comment by Leah – October 9, 2012 12:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I definitely agree that the break is deserved given the scope of his duties on the show. Honestly, I thought the majority of season 3 was a bit of a letdown, so hopefully the break gives him some good ideas for next season.

    Comment by Devin Hudson (@DevinTHudson) – October 9, 2012 12:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Better to let the man – who wears many hats on his show – have the time necessary to create the episodes. You work too hard at just one thing, you burn out.

    Comment by Miffy – October 9, 2012 01:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I won’t lie, I’m really bummed. There are very few comedies I get excited about these days. I don’t want him to get burned out, but that is an extremely long break.

    Comment by Britta Unfiltered – October 9, 2012 02:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Growing up on British TV I am used to large gaps between seasons. (Can you say COUPLES and FAWLTY TOWERS?)

    Whatever it takes to get the best possible season!

    Comment by Tom Dodson – October 9, 2012 02:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

    Comment by Superhero – October 9, 2012 03:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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