It’s been far too long since the last time Louis CK joked us into submission with his hit TV show, Louie—19 months to be exact. Today, though, the clouds have parted, the sun has begun to shine, and Louie is making its return to TV on Monday, May 5. Our lack of Louis, like our crippling winter, is slowly fading.
CK initially announced a hiatus for his show back in October 2012, saying that the first three seasons work together as a trilogy, and that this fourth season will start somewhere new. And, in fact, season three ended with our hero boarding a plane to China to slough off some of his own morbidity in the New Year.
"Louis said he needed extra time between seasons three and four of his show because – even though Louie was the most critically acclaimed television comedy series in America – he needed to make it even better," FX CEO John Landgraf said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. "Based on the first three episodes we've seen, remarkably, he accomplished his goal."
As if there was any doubt. The fourth season of Louie will run for seven weeks, every Monday at 10 p.m. with back to back episodes a constant. Intitially, in fact, FX ordered just 13 episodes, but CK ended up squeaking out 14.