Louis C.K., Pamela Adlon's 'Better Things' Comedy Lands Series Order at FX

The comedy, which C.K. co-writes, produces and directs, centers on a working single mom played by Adlon.
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Pamela Adlon & Louis C.K.

Louis C.K.’s FX empire is expanding ... again.

The network used its platform at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour Friday to announce it has ordered his latest comedy project, Better Things, to series. He and co-creator Pamela Adlon (also of Louie fame) wrote the pilot, which he directed.

The series’ log-line is classic C.K.: "What’s it like to be a working woman raising three daughters on her own? Don’t ask. OK. Since you asked. Things get gnarly. And bloody. And funny. Well to you, anyway. In Better Things, Adlon plays Sam, a working actor with no filter trying to earn a living, navigate her daughters’ lives, have fun with a friend or two, and also — just maybe — squeeze in some private time once in a while. Her life is funny to watch, but you wouldn't want to live it (except sometimes)."

In addition to starring, Adlon will serve as an executive producer alongside C.K., Louie’s Blair Breard, manager Dave Becky and 3 Arts. Rounding out the cast are Mikey Madison, Riley Watson, and Olivia Edward as the three daughters. The 10-episode first season will be produced by C.K.’s production company, Pig Newton, for FX Productions.

"Pamela is one of the sharpest and most endearing actresses working in television today and we are thrilled she has joined forces with Louis to create a series that is raw, personal and incredibly funny," said FX Networks/Productions president of original programming Eric Schrier, with Adlon adding: "I’m incredibly grateful to John Landgraf and all the folks at FX and excited to work with them to explore the real and funny truths of being a single working mom."

The news comes as Adlon celebrates her third Emmy nomination for her work on Louie, which racked up six noms total this year. (She won an Emmy for her voice-over work on King of the Hill several years earlier.) For C.K., Better Things joins an increasingly crowded resúmé, which includes his flagship FX series, his Zach Galifianakis FX comedy Baskets, an Amazon project with Diablo Cody and Tig Notaro and I’m A Cop, the indie movie which he is directing and starring in.

 

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