Show, which mixes Louis C.K.’s standup with a fictionalized version of his home life, airs Tuesday at 11 p.m. FX still has seven more episodes of year one set to air with the season one finale set to run on Sept. 7 with back-to-back episodes (airing behind the season three launch of “Sons of Anarchy.”)
“Louis has made a truly original series – a comedy unlike anything on television, but perfect for his unique voice,” said FX topper John Landgraf. “We are very happy with the show’s performance and critical acclaim, and are delighted to move forward with a second season.
Landgraf noted that the “Louie” pickup means all three of FX’s new comedies — “Louie,” “Archer” and “The League” — scored renewals.
Louis C.K. is executive producer, writer and director on “Louie,” while Dave Becky and 3 Arts Entertainment are executive producers. FX Productions is the studio.
Then there’s “Alabama,” a new laffer pilot from “Reno 911” creators Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon. FX has given a pilot order to the comedy project, which will also star Garant and Lennon.
“Alabama” centers on a United Nations peacekeeping spaceship, the USS Alabama, one thousand years in the future. “The show will follow the heart- pounding action as our crew visits hostile planets, meets alien life-forms, and tries to have sex with each other in their tiny, metal bunk beds,” the network said.
It’s a reunion for the “Reno 911” folks and Landgraf, who was an exec producer on that comedy.
“These guys are extremely talented writer/actor/producers,” he said. “This script is hysterical and I’m thrilled that they chose to bring it to FX.”
Garant and Lennon executive produce with Peter Principato and Paul Young. The pilot, from FX Prods., will be shot in L.A. in September.
Check out Stu Levine’s full report of FX’s day at the TV Critics Assn. press tour, including boss Landgraf’s take on the state of the channel, here.