After enjoying a successful Season 3 run this past summer, the hit FX sitcom Louie will be taking an extended hiatus. Season 4 was originally supposed to debut in the summer of 2013, but now, creator and star Louis C.K. is going to take extra time in recharging his batteries, and will instead premiere all-new episodes in the spring of 2014.
Why is he taking this extra time? The comedian explained his plans this morning via a conference call, calling Louie Season 4 a complete reinvention of the show. And he will use the hiatus to improve, expand, and evolve the series into something new.
"I love working at FX. I have never enjoyed working with a place so much, going back to working for Kentucky Fried Chicken when I was 15. It is a great place to work, and I recommend it to everyone who wants to make television. You can bring your best ideas here, and FX makes them better. That's the way I feel about it for real. The last three seasons have been this surge of fun, and work, and stories, and it has been great to share all of this stuff. I want to keep going. I want the show to keep getting better. That is my goal. I don't want us to be making the donuts. I want to keep being something that comes from somewhere fun and important. And I want it to stay funny. So, it is a luxury that I ask for. Which is more time to create Season 4. Season 4 is already my job right now, but I am going to take a whole lot of time to turn it in. That is why I wanted the time. It's why I wanted this break. And I am excited about what we can do in the future.
I want Season 4 to go somewhere new. Even if it's a small degree of shift. I am looking back to the first season, and the time I took to approach the show. And which directions to go in. I want that back again. I want a little breathing room.
I will start shooting the show earlier than I normally do. We usually begin shooting in March for a June launch. This time, I think we will start shooting in September or October for a May launch, so I have way more lead up time. This also means I can edit without shooting. I used to shoot, promote, and edit all at the same time in June. I think I can do better work if I space these things out.
I feel like Season 1, Season 2, and Season 3 were a trilogy in three parts. Say Pie in the Sky, the show goes 9 seasons. The second part of this trilogy would Seasons 4-6. Whatever ends up happening, I would like the show to start new. I want to start a new story. I don't know what that is yet. It's going to take a little breathing time, and a little bit of pie and coffee to figure that out."
Stay tuned for more from Louis C.K. on Louie Season 4 in the near future.