FX Sets Debut Date for Billy Crystal and Josh Gad-Led Show, THE COMEDIANS

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Louie’ returns in April; FX sets new pilot.

FX’s critically acclaimed award-winning series Louie is set to return for its fifth season on April 9 at 10:30 p.m. The network used its platform at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour Sunday to announce it has picked up to pilot comedy Better Things, created by and starring Adlon and directed by Louie star Louis C.K. The show will be called Better Things, and an FX press release gave the following logline: “If you think being a parent is hard, try raising three girls by yourself. Additionally, FX also announced that it closed a deal to televise C.K.’s next stand-up comedy special, which will again debut on the comedian’s website.

In Better Things, Adlon plays “Sam,” a working actor trying to earn a living, navigate her daughters’ lives, have fun with a friend or two, and also—just maybe—squeeze in some sex once in a while. ET/PT), and the comedian is busy on other fronts: He’ll sell his latest standup comedy special, Louis CK: Live from the Comedy Store, on his website, and then will air it on FX this spring. Her life is funny to watch, but you wouldn’t want to live it (except sometimes).” From that description, it seems Better Things will, like Louie, be a wry play on its creator’s actual life—Adlon is a single mother and working actor with three daughters. Adlon (Louie, Californication) and Louis C.K. (Louie) will write the pilot and serve as Executive Producers, along with Blair Breard, Dave Becky and 3 Arts Entertainment.

Louie’s new season will follow The Comedians, starring Billy Crystal as the star of a sketch-comedy series who is reluctantly paired with a younger partner, played by Josh Gad. The pilot hails from FX Productions and C.K.’s Pig Newton Productions. (FXP has an overall deal with C.K.’s production company, which is also behind Louie and upcoming comedy series Baskets, starring Zach Galifianakis.) Adlon is a two-time Emmy nominee for her role on Louie and took home the prize for her voiceover performance as Bobby Hill on King of the Hill. The pickup joins an FX pilot slate that also includes animated comedy Bigfoot, comedies Death Pact, Donald Glover’s rap comedy Atlanta, Bill Burr’s Pariah and Kurt Sutter’s The Bastard Executioner.

Adlon is one of the two or three best parts about that show, and, as C.K.’s closest collaborator, her comedic genius and narrative instinct crafted a large part of its unique voice. The next installment of American Horror Story is expected to air in October, per usual, while Ryan Murphy’s other new anthology project, American Crime Story—which will be centered on the murder case vs.

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