FX Sets April Premiere Dates for LOUIE Season 5 and New Series THE COMEDIANS; Orders Pamela Adlon/Louis C.K. Pilot

     January 18, 2015


FX made some announcements with regards to its upcoming programming at today’s TCA panel.  Briefly:

  • Louie Season 5 will premiere on Thursday, April 9th following the series premiere of the new comedy The Comedians, starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad.
  • FX has also ordered a pilot starring frequent Louie guest star (and Season 1 regular) Pamela Adlon called Better Things, which will be directed by Louis C.K.
  • FX has also acquired TV rights to Louis C.K.’s new standup special.

More after the jump.

the-comedians-billy-crystal-josh-gadThe fifth season of Louis C.K.’s wonderfully offbeat comedy Louie will begin on April 9th at 10:30pm ET/PT, following the series premiere of The ComediansLouie Season 5 will consist of “seven or eight episodes”, but as is common with Louie, nothing else is known at the moment about the new season.

The Comedians is a new sitcom starring Billy Crystal as a comedy legend who is reluctantly paired with an edgier, up-and-coming star played by Josh Gad.  The two frontline a fictional late night sketch comedy show.  The first season of the half-hour comedy will consist of 13 episodes, with Larry Charles (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Matt Nix (Burn Notice), and Ben Wexler (Community) serving as executive producers.

Additionally, FX announced that Louis C.K. is branching out by co-writing and directing a new pilot, Better Things, which was created by and will star comedian Pamela Adlon.  She will play a working actor trying to earn a living while raising three girls by herself in a premise that’s not altogether different from the central conceit of Louie, albeit with a female point of view.  C.K. is co-writing the pilot with Adlon and will also direct and executive produce.  This is Louis C.K.’s third series in the works at FX, as he also co-created the upcoming Baskets with Zach Galifianakis, who also stars.  That show is set to debut sometime in 2016, due to Galifianakis’ schedule.

And finally, FX has acquired TV rights to Louis C.K.’s new standup special, Louis C.K. Live from the Comedy Store.  The special will first be made available to fans at LouisCK.net in the coming weeks, with an FX debut set to follow sometime this spring.