Why Louis C.K. May Never Do Another Season of ‘Louie’

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Louie” last signed off in mid-2015, and two years later, FX still has no update on whether creator and star Louis C.K. will continue on with another season.

Though C.K. is plenty busy with other projects — he co-created FX’s “Better Things” and “Baskets,” along with his web series “Horace & Pete,” the upcoming animated series “The Cops” on TBS, and other unannounced projects — his full slate isn’t necessarily the reason why he may not create another season of “Louie.” Rather, it’s because of his own personal progression.

“I don’t think the version of ‘Louie’ that was on FX, I don’t think I’ll do that exact version again because I just haven’t been that guy for a while with the stained blacked T-shirt and the two kids because they’re older now,” C.K. said on Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. “I always thought if I did ‘Louie’ again, I may go back to it later in a different version,” the comedian added. “No idea if I’ll do it — I don’t think about it much.”

On “Louie,” C.K. plays a fictionalized version of himself — a comedian and father raising his children in New York City. Should the series ever move forward, the character on the show would have to develop into a figure more consistent with who C.K. is today, and FX CEO John Landgraf explained that instead of re-working the series, C.K decided after Season 5 “that he wanted to stop making it and move on.”

“I think he’s changed a lot since he made the last season of ‘Louie,'” said Landgraf. “I think he’s run out of things to say … from that time in his life … he’s become so much more successful than who he was portraying on the show that I think it started feeling a little faux.”

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“I think if he ever made it again, it would be a very different show,” said Landgraf, who remains hopeful for another season down the road. “I have my fingers crossed.”

“I really don’t have any update on Season 6,” Landgraf confirmed. “I think it’s possible there will never be another season of ‘Louie.’ I think it’s also possible there will be four or five more seasons of ‘Louie’ over the next 30 years.”

Though the FX executive speaks to C.K. at least once every week, due to his various projects with FX Productions, including “Better Things,” which he co-created with Pamela Adlon, “Louie” has not come up in conversation in a while.

“I love making TV and right now in TV, I’m involved in her show,” C.K. said at TCA during a panel for “Better Things,” sitting next to Adlon. “I think it’s the best show on TV.”

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  1. frank cross says:

    The last two seasons of the Louie went above and beyond what the show was meant to be. It became something so unique, there’s almost no comparison. It was funny, and sad, and poignant, and brilliant. If we never get to see another episode, it will go down as one of the best show of our time. Maybe Louis CK pulls a Larry David and returns with the show inside of a decade.

  2. briantoohey says:

    As much as I loved Louie, I get it. You can’t stay stuck in one time and place forever. I’d be happy to see a version of Louie in a few years where he’s dealing with a much larger kind of success, and his girls are in college and moving out on their own. He can still do the smaller and more personal stories, as well as his stand-up, without feeling that he’s got to be mining decades-old material and social settings that he’s moved past as person. As long as Louie does it in a way that’s true to where he’s at and he feels creatively inspired, I’d be happy with whatever material is produced.

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