FX gives 13-episode order to ‘Louie’

Cabler also orders up 'Alabama'

FX will be mining more laughs with “Louie.”

Cabler has given a 13-episode second-season order to the half-hour series from standup comedian Louie C.K., who stars, writes and directs.

Pickup was made after the show’s fifth episode. FX president John Landgraf says the network, unlike other cablers, don’t like to make pickup decisions immediately after a show’s premiere. “Louie” decision was made following the show’s fifth episode and Landgraf said he saw enough data to warrant the renewal.

“The audience has embraced it,” he said. “Including our DVR numbers, the show has slightly exceeded ratings targets.”

“Louie” is averaging 1 million total viewers and 727,000 in adults 18-49.

Show is produced by FX Prods. Louie C.K. and Dave Becky are exec producers.

Also announced at the Television Critics Assn. panel, FX ordered the pilot “Alabama,” a half-hour comedy from “Reno 911” creators Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon.

“Alabama” examines a United Nations peacekeeping mission where members of the U.S.S. Alabama are six years into a seven-year mission to maintain peace and enforce treaties between planets in their jurisdiction.

Garant, Lennon, Peter Principato and Paul Young will exec produce. The pilot, to be shot in Los Angeles, will be produced by FX Prods.

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