FX wants more Louie. Louis C.K. will return to the network with a fifth season of the show, FX CEO Jon Landgraf announced. “Louie’s fourth season was once again groundbreaking,” Landgraf, who has given C.K. nearly free reign to create brilliance on his network, said in a statement. “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.” The news was announced on Monday at a Television Critics Association event where he also announced freshman series Fargo‘s renewal for a second season (at the earliest, Fall 2015).
One curious sidenote is that season five will be half the length of this most recent season. Louie will return with only seven new episodes in Spring 2015. Ratings are good and its third season is nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards this year. It’s possible that Louis C.K., who took a bit of a break between seasons three and four to build a new hour-long HBO special (Louis C.K.: Oh My God), has way more on his plate than ever before. Including touring as a stand-up comedian and being the father of two lovely young girls, the critically acclaimed comedian is developing more original comedy series for FX Networks, starring with Kevin Hart in an animated movie and going on Twitter rants. Plus, we still might see more than “seven or eight” episodes. FX only ordered 13 episodes for season 4 and C.K. delivered 14. Just because. So stay tuned for more Louis C.K. news and get ready to watch him collect trophies later this year at the Emmys.