July 21, 2014 9:20am PT by Michael O'Connell
FX Renews 'Louie' for Fifth Season
Louis C.K.'s FX comedy has been picked up for another season — and unlike the last renewal, viewers won't have to wait two years for the next batch of episodes.
FX Networks and FX Productions CEO John Landgraf announced a seven-episode fifth season of Louie Monday morning, noting that the run is slated for spring 2015. "Louie's fourth season was once again groundbreaking," said Landgraf. "Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking – always thought-provoking. The show went to narrative and cinematic places no comedy has gone before, and we look forward to seeing what Louis comes up with next."
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The latest round of Louie episodes earned five Emmy nominations — including outstanding comedy series, lead actor, writing, directing and casting. In 2012, it was the first basic cable series in history to score a best comedy nom.
After a two-year lapse between seasons three and four, one C.K. took because he said he wanted the show to feel new again, Louie most recently aired 14 new episodes. Those aired mostly back-to-back on the FX parent network even though many comedy offerings from the cable network are now shifting to spinoff FXX.
Louis C.K., Blair Breard and Dave Becky serve as executive producers on Louie. The series is produced by FX Productions.
FX also announced a renewal for Fargo on Monday.