All good shows must come to an end, and it appears that time may soon be upon us for “Louie.” The brainchild of writer/director/producer/editor/star Louis C.K., FX’s highly acclaimed series has been plumbing the depths of its creator’s mind for five seasons now; it’s also been on an “extended hiatus” since last May. During an episode of The Hollywood Reporter‘s awards podcast, C.K. didn’t sound optimistic about the show continuing in its current form: “I think the guy that I played on the show — the just-divorced kinda underwater dad/struggling New York comic — I don’t think I have stories for that guy anymore,” he said.
There may be more to come in a different incarnation, however:
“But the show is autobiographical, so what [FX president and general manager] John Landgraf and I have always thought is that it may come back with a different set of stories from a different angle a little further down the road. And I don’t know where that’s from yet, so it just depends on if it writes. I think, for me, if I’m on TV again doing a single-camera show, it’s ‘Louie.’ But I don’t know. I have no idea. I needed to not know if I’d ever do it again — I needed to feel that way — so that’s the way I feel right now.”
This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to fans of the show, as the semi-autobiographical comedy has long depicted its star as someone who values art for its own sake and is often conflicted when commercial obligations compromise that. “Louie” also took a two-year break between its second and third seasons, so perhaps absence will make C.K.’s heart grow fonder.
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