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Louis C.K. on the Future of ‘Louie’: ‘I Just Don’t Know’

Louis C.K.’s FX series “Louie” is on an “extended hiatus,” but when will the show return — or will it ever?

“He certainly hasn’t promised me further seasons of it,” FX CEO John Landgraf said Saturday during his executive session at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., noting that there is a possibility the show could never come back for Season 6. But Landgraf says there is still hope. “We still talk about making more seasons,” he said, adding that he talks to C.K. every single week.

Last summer, during the most recent TCA press tour before this weekend, Landgraf first announced the hiatus, saying that he predicts “Louie” could be back any time from sixth months (which would be now) to two years in the future, and that it will be C.K.’s choice to come back whenever he’d like to return.

While “Louie” is on hiatus right now, the star is still heavily involved with FX and insiders say the reason for his show’s break truly comes down to scheduling. C.K. is an exec producer on Zach Galifianakis’ upcoming FX series “Baskets,” which bows Jan. 21, and Pamela Adlon’s “Better Things,” which is expected to premiere sometime this year.

During the panel for “Baskets” on Saturday, C.K. was asked by Variety when he thinks “Louie” will return.

“I don’t know. I just don’t know. I don’t know. I think about it sometimes and I just don’t know,” he said to the room of reporters and critics. “It’s such an autobigraphical thing that I could do a version of ‘Louie’ when he’s 60, if anyone gives a sh-t… By the time I want to, I might say, ‘Hey guys,’ and they’ll be like, ‘Who is this?'”

Also on the “Baskets” panel, Galifianakis admitted he feels a bit of pressure from viewers perhaps comparing his show to “Louie” just because of C.K.’s involvement. “God, I hope not. There is pressure because Louis is producing. I think Louis’ show is so good that maybe the expectation is that this show would be equal,” Galifianakis said.

C.K., however, had high praise for “Baskets,” even saying that its better than “Louie.”

“I think it’s very different. It operates on a different frequency. I think Zach’s show succeeds on many levels that my show doesn’t,” C.K. said. “He kind of ignites a laughter. He’s much more generous of a performer than I am. So I think in a lot of ways, I prefer Zach’s show just in terms of the comedy.”

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