Pamela Adlon Moves on to “Better Things”

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. In The Comedians, Billy Crystal plays a comedy legend who is reluctantly paired with Josh Gad, an edgier up-and-coming star, in an unfiltered, behind-the-scenes look at a fictional late night sketch comedy show where egos and generations collide.

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. Stephnie Weir stars as “Kristen Laybourne,” the anxiety-ridden producer behind The Billy & Josh Show who frequently finds herself caught in the middle of Billy and Josh’s arguments, Matt Oberg stars as “Mitch Reed,” the show’s head writer, and Megan Ferguson stars “Esme McCauley,” a no-nonsense production assistant. Larry Charles (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld), Matt Nix (Burn Notice), and Ben Wexler (Community, Arrested Development) are Writers and Executive Producers of The Comedians, along with Crystal. 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.

Louie has won three Emmy Awards – Louis C.K. for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (2012 and 2014), and Melissa Leo for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (2013). The series has also won AFI Awards (2012 and 2013) and a Peabody Award (2013), as well as Television Critics Association Awards in each of the past three years. 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.

This week, FXX launched Man Seeking Woman, starring Jay Baruchel from Simon Rich, Jonathan Krisel and Broadway Video, and in April FX will premiere The Comedians, starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad. Those new projects join the existing FX Networks comedy slate which includes Archer (FX), Louie (FX), Married (FX), It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX), The League (FXX), and You’re the Worst (FXX).

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