Today FX announced the summer premiere dates for the all new seasons of Rescue Me starring Denis Leary and Louie, starring the hilarious comedian Louis C.K. In addition, the series premiere of the new comedy Wilfred starring Elijah Wood has also been revealed. On June 23rd, Wilfred will premiere its 13-episode first season at 10/9c followed closely by Louie at 10:30/9:30c which will have a 13-episode second season run. If you haven’t seen the trailer for the Elijah Wood comedy, you can check it out here. I know I’ll be tuning in. As for Louie, the first season was spectacular, and I can’t wait for more. But if straight-up comedy isn’t your bag, FX will bring back their long-running series Rescue Me for its seventh and final season starting on July 12th at 10/9c. Should be a great summer on FX.
As a connoisseur of comedy, I love learning about the craft and process of stand-up comedians and the brilliant work they do on stage. So you can imagine my excitement about the forthcoming comedy special Talking Funny, a casual conversation about comedy and life as a comedian from some of today’s greatest funnymen. Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Ricky Gervais and Louis C.K. all sit down to shoot the shit, share anecdotes, talk about adding new material to their acts and more. Check out the funny trailer below, and don’t forget to check out the special when it premieres on Friday, April 22nd at 9/8c on HBO.
If you’re a fan of stand-up comedy, then you’re probably already a big fan of Louis C.K. The very talented and hilarious comedian’s latest stand-up concert film, aptly titled Hilarious, will come to a theater near you for one night only on September 8th. EW reports that the film will be shown in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. If you’re not able to go, or don’t live in one of these eight cities, don’t be too bummed out: the cable channel Epix will show the film on September 18th. If you’re not able to catch it then, you only have to wait a bit longer because Comedy Central has plans to air and release it on DVD next year.
You can still watch Louie C.K. on his excellent new FX show, Louie, which recently got picked up for another season. You can also go to Louis C.K.’s site for info on how to buy tickets to see Hilarious in the theater, or to find out when he will be in your town doing some stand-up. Hit the jump for the official Hilarious synopsis.
Good news for anyone who has been enjoying the hell out of one of my favorite new comedy series: THR reports that FX has ordered a thirteen-episode second season of Louie, the fantastic gritty and vulgar half-hour comedy series from brilliant comedian Louis CK. Combine that with the love for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, plus a decent amount of success for The League and the animated series Archer, and FX has certainly been rocking the comedy world on television.
It looks like the network is eager to continue that success with their recent order of a pilot called Alabama, a part-scripted/part-improvised science fiction comedy from Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant, the screenwriters and creators behind Reno 911. Set a thousand years in the future, the show follows the crew of the space ship USS Alabama as they continue a seven-year mission to maintain interplanetary peace. At the Television Critics Association’s press tour, FX execs said, “The show will follow the heart-pounding action as our crew visits hostile planets, meets alien life-forms, and tries to have sex with each other in their tiny, metal bunk beds.” Seems like Star Trek meets Reno 911, and that sounds just fine to me.
Comedian Louis C.K. has always been painfully funny (emphasis on “pain”) — at least on the stage. Most would argue that the HBO sitcom Lucky Louie failed to translate the C.K. brand of comedy to the sitcom format, though the sparsely titled autobiographical Louie is an entirely different creature: half standup, half sketch comedy.
Hit the jump for a review of the first four episodes, the first two of which premiere Tuesday June 29th at 11/10c on FX.