Louie Extended Hiatus

FX Boss Talks Louie's Extended Hiatus, O.J. Story and 'Too Much TV' Problem

Louie Season 6 will head into production… someday, whenever Louis C.K. is ready.

Holding court Friday morning at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, FX Networks CEO John Landgraf announced that Louie, which to date has produced 61 episodes — starring and written/directed/edited by its star — is on an “extended hiatus.”

“Louis is anxious to take a break from the show and work on other things,” including a feature film and the upcoming FX comedies Baskets and Better Things, Landgraf explained. As for a ballparked return date, the exec said, “I truly don’t know,” saying that auteur Larry David’s off-and-on Curb Your Enthusiasm is perhaps “the right analogy” to make.

Other topics tackled by Landgraf during the FX executive panel:

* Tyrant is “really finding its voice” in Season 2 after an admittedly “rocky” start last year, Landgraf said, urging critics to give the show a second chance.

* The 10-episode American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, starring Cuba Gooding Jr., John Travolta, David Schwimmer and Sarah Paulson, promises to be “a massive television event” when it debuts in the first part of 2016. Landgraf touted the project as “fantastically entertaining and a remarkably insightful commentary on the issues of race in America.”

* Having seen all 10 episodes of Fargo Season 2, Landgraf is “confident [the drama] will again captivate audiences,” serving up a prequel to the first season’s twisty narrative.

* Having disseminated the chart below to the press, Landgraf opened the session with a lengthy, compelling oration on the state of television today — namely, how the proliferation of content providers, while a boon for diversity and variety in offerings, is slimming audiences to a cost-ineffective degree that is creating a “bubble” at risk of not bursting, but deflation. With the industry on track to crack 400 scripted programs, “You’re about to see a culling of the herd, a bit of consolidation,” he ventured, though well shy of any “return to the ‘bad old days,’ when there was a startling lack of diversity.”

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  1. ScottJ says:

    The number of scripted original shows is getting to be ridiculous. I used to try to watch the first 3 or 4 episodes of anything new, but now I barely give them 1 episode to get me hooked. I also very rarely get into any new 22 episode shows. They don’t keep my interest, and when I get 4 or 5 episodes behind it becomes impossible to catch up.

    • AtlLady says:

      I know what you mean, ScottJ. There was a time when the old TV Guide Fall Preview edition was carefully studied “bathroom” reading to map your viewing for a new season.

      It also irritates me when show being broadcast on other media (i.e., House of Cards or OITNB) get nominated for Emmy awards when the general public doesn’t get a chance to see them without paying an extra fee. Then, there are shows, such as “Louie”, that take so long between seasons that you have either lost interest by the time they return or you miss the announcement of their return.

  2. I’m worried that S6 is going to be the last for LOUIE since the actual creator/actor/writer/etc takes this much time to create the season. Are the ratings even that good? Louie better step his game up. First S5 was shortened and now this…sounds bad.

  3. Doug Henning says:

    Glad to see that the head of FX loves this season of Tyrant.. I so agree it’s been pretty great compared to last season… Can’t wait to see his wife’s reaction now that she’s been sleeping with someone else when she finds out that Barry is not dead..