According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Louie," at C.K.'s request, will be taking an extended hiatus between the just-completed third season and the upcoming fourth, returning in May of 2014. Pointing out the many hats the stand-up comedian wears on the show, FX president and GM John Landgraf said that "I'm not surprised he needs a bit of a break."
C.K. is continuing on his tour this year, one that may yield another special, and plans to go back to writing the show in 2013, telling journalists on a call today that "I want season four to go somewhere new... I'm looking back to when I did the first season and the time I took to do the show and decide which directions to go in and I want that back again. I want a little breathing room."
FX renewed "Louie," which recently won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, for a fourth season in July. This past season of the show certainly had its ups and downs, but offered up some wonderful arcs, including one with Parker Posey as Louie's scary dream girl and another in which the character is up for consideration to replace David Letterman.
While "Louie" will be sorely missed next year, it's always good to avoid a Dave Chappelle-style burn-out, and C.K. is clearly concerned about maintaining the quality of his series. "The last three seasons have been a surge of fun stories," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "I want the show to keep getting better. I want it to keep being something that comes from somewhere fun and important."