See Ya in 2014: Louis CK Taking a Breather from FX Sitcom

Louis CK in a scene from his FX sitcom this past season (Photo: FX)

Comedian Louis CK is going on an “extended” hiatus from his acclaimed FX sitcom — which means it won’t return for a fourth season next summer, as previously expected.

Instead, the next season of “Louie” won’t be seen until spring 2014, the comedian and FX officials announced Tuesday afternoon.

The hiatus will give the red-haired comedian, 45, more time to decide where to take the series in the fourth season.

CK, who is one of the nation’s hottest comedians at the moment, handles multiple tasks on the show — writing, editing, directing and acting.

In a telephone news conference with TV-beat reporters, he never said he was burned out from producing the 39 episodes of “Louie” that have been produced over the last three years. But clearly, the decision to take a breather was made in order to give him a chance to step back from the show for a while, in order to decide where to take it next, he explained.

“The last three seasons have been this surge of fun and work and stories, and its been great to [carry] all this stuff,” Louie said. “And I want to keep going. I want the show to keep getting better. That’s my goal and I don’t want it be [like] making the donuts. I want it to be seen as something that comes from somewhere fun and important, and I want it to stay funny. Season Four is already my job right now, but I’m going to take a whole lot of time to turn it in.”

For its part, FX is being very supportive of CK’s hiatus decision. FX President John Landgraf said he understands the creative process, and also understands the comedian’s need to take more time in the planning of Season Four.

“I said yes because the goal of FX, in terms of its relationship to Louie and his creative process, has always been to say yes, and to give him whatever space he needs to create as best he can,” Landgraf said.

“Louie” is probably the most successful comedy series FX has ever developed — winning multiple Emmy Awards for the comedian, and near-unanimous acclaim from TV critics.

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