“Louie” won’t be back for some time, even if Louis C.K. will be busier than ever. FX Networks CEO John Landgraf announced the Emmy-nominated series will go on an “extended hiatus” before returning for a sixth season.
When asked when audiences could expect the show’s return, Landgraf said, “I really don’t know.” He compared the relationship C.K. has with FX as to what Larry David does with HBO for his show, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” in that whenever C.K. wants to bring his show back, FX will be waiting.
This isn’t the first time C.K. has taken a break from his critically-hailed comedy. Between Seasons 3 and 4, “Louie” was off the air from September 2012 and May 2014, essentially taking a year off. Landgraf didn’t know if the new hiatus would be of a similar length.
That being said, “Louie” isn’t going to be relaxing on a beach somewhere. The stand-up comic, actor, director and editor will be pushing himself as a producer on three new series at FX.
First up is “Baskets,” a comedy starring Zach Galifianakis that was given a series order nearly a year ago in August and remains on schedule for a 2016 release. Friday morning Landgraf also announced a series order for “Better Things,” a comedy C.K. co-created with “Louie” co-star Pamela Adlon, who will star in the series about a working actress trying to raise three kids on her own (sound familiar?). Finally, Landgraf also hinted at a yet-to-be-announced third series C.K. would be producing. He gave no other details on the project, other than hinting we’d hear more news soon.
Outside of C.K.-related projects, FX Networks also announced it had picked up “Cassius and Clay,” an animated comedy from “Archer” creator Adam Reed and “Modern Family” producer Megan Ganz. Set in a “futuristic, post-apocalyptic American South,” Lake Bell and Kaitlyn Olson will play bandits looking to survive alongside fellow voice actors Susan Sarandon, JB Smoove and Jeffrey Tambor. “Cassius and Clay” is set to premiere in 2016.
In related news, FX continued to push its comedies to sister network FXX. After moving “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “The League” and “You’re the Worst” to a channel best known as the new home of “every ‘Simpsons’ ever,” Landgraf announced “Archer” will begin airing on FXX in Season 7 to be paired on the schedule with “Cassius and Clay.”
Finally, the ratings smash horror series “The Strain” was also picked up for a third season, following a strong performance in Season 2.
Release Dates for “Fargo,” “The Bastard Executioner,” and “American Horror Story: Hotel”
And finally, to cap off a morning packed with news, FX announced release dates for three of its most hotly-anticipated series:
• “Fargo” Season 2 will premiere October 12.
• “American Horror Story: Hotel” — which screened a few new clips including Lady Gaga whispering “Hotel” — will premiere October 7.
• “The Bastard Executioner” will premiere September 17.