Louis C.K.: ‘Louie’ Season 5 Is “Laugh-Centric,” Less Dramatic

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

Louis C.K. gave audiences several provocative episodes in season 4, but there was one in last year’s batch that he briefly considered turning into a movie. “I like telling these stories,” C.K. said Sunday at the Television Critics Association press tour. “My favorite work that I see in TV and movies have both [comedy and drama]. … things like Raging Bull and Goodfellas — they’re hilarious movies. Speaking at FX’s TCA Winter Press Tour panel for Louie, he dished about the “terrible” real-life inspiration for the episode “In the Woods,” in which he stole a bunch of scales from a junior high science class, sold them for pot, and wound up deeply disappointing his science teacher/mentor who had defended him. (In his stand-up, C.K. had addressed the fact that this story was ripped right from his 13-year-old life.) Today he called the incident “terrible” and “the worst he had ever felt,” but also viewed it as a compelling idea to explore on the big screen. They’re dramas but they make me laugh.” He did promise that his upcoming fifth season of his FX series will focus more on the laughs than its previous outing, which earned major buzz for its dramatic scenes. “This season is more laugh-centric and funny than season four,’ C.K. said. “The feeling I was having when I wrote the season … was a goofy and playful feeling.” C.K. also tackled a controversial scene from last season in which his character forced a kiss with Pamela Adlon (Pam).

But in real life — or at least in the comedy arena — he has recently been the opposite: someone who has barely enough time to accommodate all of his admirers. 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. He confessed to her in his response and got an “I’m disappointed in you” reply. “She was a great teacher,” C.K. said. “I had every advantage when I was a kid. On Saturday, the comedian announced that he was adding a Jan. 27 show to his Madison Square Garden run — the fourth Garden appearance of his current tour. 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. This month Louis CK became the first comedian to sell out three shows in the same tour at the Garden, part of a completely sold out three-city swing that also included four performances at the Chicago Theater and an appearance last weekend at the Forum in Los Angeles. 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.

She was never in danger.” C.K. also addressed one of Louie’s most talked about episodes ever, “So Did The Fat Lady,” which was alternately hailed an important moment in TV for women and criticized for presuming to speak for women. 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 episode centered on Louie reluctantly on a date with woman (Sarah Baker) who was funny and charming, and also happened to be overweight. “I’ve had times in my life where I’ve been heavy or felt outside of the circle having a good, attractive time in life,” C.K. said. “And so part of me was talking about how it feels for me sometimes.

He addressed another episode of season four that stirred controversy last year with a scene that some said suggested that Pamela Adlon’s character was date-raped by Louie after being reluctant to have sex. 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.

He said he was putting everything he could into Louie, likening the idea of saving things for a film as being like an athlete saving good plays for next season when he was on a different team.

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