FX will air Louis C.K. special ‘Live at the Beacon’

By | March 30, 2012 at 3:31 pm | 5 comments | feature slider, News, TV/Movies | Tags: , , ,

In the end, it all comes down to business. And the fact is, if something doesn’t air on proper television it cannot be considered for an Emmy. Hence, Louis C.K.’s highly successful, self-released Live at the Beacon Theater will air on FX, the same network that will broadcast the third season of the comedian’s two-time Emmy-nominated series.

“It doesn’t qualify for an Emmy unless it airs,” says John Landgraf, president of FX. No premiere date has been set.

“FX will give me the leeway–you can say ‘shit’ and ‘asshole,’ and you can’t say that on Comedy Central. You just can’t say ‘fuck,’ and there aren’t that many ‘fucks’ in this,” C.K. said, reports the Observer. “What am I going to do, put it on Showtime? I feel loyalty to FX.”

So, what do you think of this move? Does it diminish the DIY aesthetic or does it even matter– since all the hard work was done by C.K., himself?

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  • ben

    I think it’s great!  Loyalty is key for anything.  They greenlit him for a second+ season AND permission to do what he wants.  

  • Michael

    I don’t think it at all diminishes the spirit of the album, because the album is already a massive success in all the other ways Louis CK wanted it to be.  Seems the Emmy run is more for the glory than anything else––why deprive him of that?  It’s his property; he can do whatever he wants with it.  It would be interesting if he won anything for it.

    Plus, I think it’s nice that he wants to contribute to his network.  Actually, I’m wondering if this is more of a favor for him, or the network.

  • Dave

    Agreed with the last two comments! Louie can do what he likes, and that’s a wonderful thing to feel loyalty towards his network FX. 

  • FilmJunkie1114

    FX didn’t have any control over the writing, creation, production, and direction of the product.  I think in a way it champions the DIY aesthetic because rather than have to agree to a laundry list of demands of a studio he made a product that was clearly a quality one that prompted a studio to take interest in it.  Bravo, Louis, you are the best.

  • Graham R.

    Makes sense to me. I bought my $5 download and I support the move. Louie is hilarious and seems like a pretty good dude. Why not go for the emmy qualification?