LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - FX has acquired the television rights to Emmy winner Louis C.K.'s next standup comedy special, "Louis C.K. Live From the Comedy Store," announced FX CEO John Landgraf during the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena on Sunday.
The special will made be available to fans first in coming weeks on his website, LouisCK.net, after his run of shows at Madison Square Garden. C.K. is the first comedian to sell out three shows for the same tour in Madison Square Garden history; tickets for a fourth show just went on sale. He has been a trailblazer in offering his content online, starting with his "Live at the Beacon Theater" special in December 2011.
The hour-long comedy special, which will be written and directed by C.K., will air on FX this spring. C.K. and M. Blair Breard will serve as executive producers of the special, which is being produced by C.K.'s production company, Pig Newton.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Louis C.K. made a big confession on Sunday: He really did steal the scales from his junior high school in Massachusetts many years ago.
The situation became fodder for a flashback storyline in an episode of FX's "Louie" last year. C.K. told reporters at the Television Critics Assn. press tour that he had always felt bad about the incident because one of his teachers defended him at the time when he denied stealing the science-lab scales.
And just as it played out in the episode, the school's principal knew he did it but left him off the hook.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Whitney Houston's estate is telling fans they should "brace for the worst" if they choose to watch Lifetime's Angela Bassett-directed biopic, which premiered on Saturday.
The family of the late singer has come out slamming the network and Bassett for the unauthorized biopic, "Whitney," releasing a long statement, written by Houston's sister-in-law Pat Houston, on her official website.
"If you watch this movie, watch it knowing that Lifetime is notorious for making bad biopics of deceased celebrities and brace yourself for the worst," Pat Houston wrote, referring to recent biopics based on Brittany Murphy and the controversial Aaliyah movie. "You should not be surprised that someone decided to do a made for TV biopic. And, I might add, without the family's blessing and despite her mother's request to not do this movie. It happens every day."
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Denis Leary delivered his usual rowdy session on Sunday in introducing his new FX comedy, "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll," at Sunday's Television Critics Assn. press tour.
Despite Leary's salty language and blunt banter (for instance, jabbing PBS for having two days at TCA), the comedian focused the crowd's attention on the breakout potential of the actress who plays his daughter, Elizabeth Gillies.
Gillies is best known for her starring role on Nickelodeon's "Victorious," which means "Sex&Drugs" marks her graduation to adult roles.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - The producers of "Justified" are now shooting episode 10 -- three episodes ahead of the series finale -- and admitted they're still figuring out their plans for that final installment.
"We absolutely don't know how this is going to end yet," executive producer Graham Yost told reporters at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena on Sunday.
"We've all been talking about the ending," he said, adding that it's been an ongoing conversation since season three. "It changes every year."
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Chris Pratt has seen his film career explode during his run on NBC's "Parks and Recreation." But leaving the sitcom was never an option, the "Guardians of the Galaxy" star assured.
"I would never f---- leave this show," Pratt said Friday during NBC's portion of the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena, Calif.
"I've been doing this business for 15 years. I realize the things that really matter ... are the relationships you have while you're doing them. I could hope that I could have the good fortune of finding another group of people like this, but I don't expect I ever will," he said.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Fans of British television can rest easy. Following numerous reports that Netflix and the BBC were parting ways, the streaming service has clarified that many of its most popular Brit series are staying put.
In response to headlines that beloved series "Doctor Who," "Luther," the original "The Office" and more were going to be dropped from the service at the end of the month, a Netflix spokeswoman tells Variety that such reports were false.
Among the shows that will still be available on Netflix are classic and current "Doctor Who" series, "Luther," "Top Gear" seasons 17 through 20, "Torchwood," "Wallander," "Keeping Up Appearances," and the original "Office" and "House of Cards" series.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "The Walking Dead" creator Frank Darabont has departed "The Huntsman," Universal's spinoff to 2012's "Snow White and the Huntsman."
Darabont left the project over creative differences for the fantasy action movie, which will focus on the Huntsman character Chris Hemsworth played in the original.
Universal is keeping the April 22, 2016, release date.