Cable Sitcom Shelved — Until 2014

Oct 9, 2012  •  Post A Comment

A cable comedy series is going on hiatus, with its key player explaining that the move is designed to give him and the show time to contemplate where they’re heading. Newsday reports that FX’s “Louie,” starring Louis CK, is due back in 2014.

Louis CK is quoted as saying: "The last three seasons have been this surge of fun and work and stories. It’s been great to share all this stuff, but I want to keep going. I want the show to keep getting better. That’s my goal. I don’t want it to be making the doughnuts. I want it to keep being something that comes from somewhere fun and important, and I want it to stay funny."

The strategy isn’t unprecedented, Verne Gay notes in his piece for Newsday. He writes: “Fact is, this kind of breather does happen — Larry David takes years off between seasons of ‘Curb’ — and there’s nothing wrong with it. Assuming all is on the up and up here, and there’s not some sort of evil hidden corporate agenda, good for FX in giving CK the time to re-think. You don’t rush art, and there is art here.”

Gay describes “Louie” as “an existential comedy, about someone who realizes the universe is utterly indifferent, and that the thin gauze separating sanity and utter lunacy is frayed in certain places for the great mass of humanity. Or at least for the show’s anti-hero. As mentioned, hilarious!”

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