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'Louie' Season 4 Will Not Air Until 2014

From Hollywood.com Staff

Sad news for impatient fans of FX's acclaimed Louie: the series, renewed for a fourth season, will be on extended break until spring 2014.

FX President John Landgraf delivered the heartbreaking information during a conference call, during which he and the series' Emmy-winning creator/star Louis C.K. discussed their critically acclaimed marvel.

""The goal of FX, in terms of its relationship to Louis and his creative process, has always been to say yes, and to give him whatever space he needs to create as best he can,"" Landgraf began. ""The result of that is an extended hiatus: will be that the fourth season of Louie will not air in the summer of '13, which is when it would have if we had remained in the same pattern, but in fact will air in the spring of '14. So there will be an extended break between season 3 and season 4.""

And we sing out like the moaning sirens who introduce the show week after week: Louie, Louie, I'm gonna cry. We just might. But honestly, we shouldn't be too devastated, because the hiatus appears to have been C.K.'s decision, resultant of his efforts to improve and perfect the series further.

""I want the show to keep getting better,"" C.K. affirmed. ""I don't want it to be making the donuts, I want it to keep being something that comes from somewhere fun and important, and I want it to stay funny. It's a luxury that I asked for, which is more time to create Season 4 ... I'm going to take a whole lot of time to turn it in. That's why I wanted this break, and I'm excited about what we can do in the future.""

The comedian added, ""I want Season 4 to go somewhere new. Even if it's only a small degree of shift,"" and promised that a good portion of the interim period will be devoted to taking advantage of a more generous work schedule to write and shoot the forthcoming episodes of Louie. ""I usually start shooting in March for a June launch. I think, this time, we'll start shooting in something like September, October, for a May launch."" C.K. did also mention the possibility of another standup special prior to the release of Louie's fourth season.

Reporting by Aly Semigran.

[Image Credit: FX]

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