'Louie': Season 2 Will be 'More Ambitious'

When Louie returns for its second season premiere Thursday night, viewers will notice two things: a more comfortable Louis C.K. and longer scripted segments.

With a staff and star who now have a season of the hybrid comedy series under their belt, executive producer M. Blair Breard said the show was able to grow and find its rhythm during Season 2.

“Season 1 was the first time that Louis C.K. did a show in this particular format; this season feels like we really got our groove down,” she told The Hollywood Reporter this week at Louie’s Hollywood premiere. “After Season 1 worked, he was more comfortable to continue to explore, grow and expand the series.”

“We got better at producing and I got better at directing,” Louie C.K. told THR.

Among the other changes in store for the season, which will feature such guest stars as Joan Rivers and F. Murray Abraham, Louis C.K. noted that the scripted segments “were more ambitious” this year and that the series will make its way to a foreign country.

While remaining tight-lipped on the exact location, he’d only tease that it was “out in the desert in a crazy place, and a lot of messed up things happen.”

The ambitious episode, he said, is not the season finale, despite it being the final one filmed.

Confused? Don’t be. Turns out the order of episodes jumps around a bit this year, too, as Thursday’s premiere was the next-to-last episode filmed and came to the stand-up comic just before production wrapped for the season.  

“It introduces two characters who you’ll feel like will be part of the series but you never see them again,” he said.

Louie’s second season premieres Thursday at 10:30 p.m. on FX.

Check out a trailer for Season 2 below.

Email: Lesley.Goldberg@thr.com; Twitter: @Snoodit

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