In a sign that things are indeed right with the world, FX has renewed its half-hour comedy series Louie for a fourth season. If you didn't just do a victory dance (or at least a fist pump), you probably haven't seen Louie.
Louie is written, directed by, and stars comedian Louis C.K., who plays a fictionalized version of himself. The series follows C.K. around New York as he experiences strange crises, meets new people, and occasionally witnesses (or is a part of) a truly beautiful moment. It's a profoundly heartfelt, endearing show, and undoubtedly the best comedy series in recent memory.
FX seems to agree. Saturday at the TCA press tour, FX president John Landgraf expressed his enthusiasm for the show. “There are not enough superlatives in the English language to bestow on Louie or the work Louis C.K. is doing,” he gushed. “With this series, he has changed the form and is doing truly groundbreaking, landmark work that is inspiring a whole new generation of artist. Simply put, he is making one of the best shows anywhere on television.”
Louie, which has been garnering relatively low ratings of close to a million viewers per episode, is certainly one of the best shows on television, and relatively inexpensive for FX to produce due to C.K. do-it-yourself approach. It seems likely that the show will go on for as long as C.K. wants it to go on -- and there's no end in sight.
Thursday night's episode, "Daddy's Girlfriend, Part 2," was one of my favorites of the series, featuring C.K. on a bizarre date with a woman named Liz (Parker Posey) who brought him out of his comfort zone.
The next episode, "Barney/Never," will air August 2 on FX.