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Video: New Clips for "Louie" - Season Five Premieres Thursday, April 9 Only on FX

The cable channel releases the first three teases for the new season.   Read More... //

Louis C.K.: Reactions to 'Louie' rape scene are all valid

It took all of two questions to Louis C.K. at the winter 2015 TV press tour on Sunday (Jan. 18) for someone to ask about the controversial"Louie"episode where his character tries to force himself on his friend/unrequited crush, Pamela (Pamela Adlon).The episode generated a huge amount of discussion over Louie the character's and Louis C.K. the creator's intentions, and whether it tried to laugh off what a questioner called "borderline date rape""I wouldn't call it rape. I kissed the side of her mouth," C.K. replies. "I think you gotta be careful with that word, 'rape,' because it's a real serious and bad thing. It you call a bad bowl of soup 'rape,' that kind of dilutes what it really is."RELATED: 'Louie' Season 5 has a premiere dateC.K. says that for him the scene was "a physical manifestation of what we were doing as a couple, like as two people. I would come on [to her]... //

Louie's Pamela Adlon Will Have Her Own Show

  In great news for Louie fans, writer, producer, and guest-star of the show Pamela Adlon has gotten her own show, Better Things on FX . She'll write the pilot episode alongside Louis C.K., who will direct the episode. They'll produce the show alongside Blair Breard and Dave Becky. In the show Adlon plays Sam, a working actor who raises three daughters by herself. FX's description sounds like the show we would imagine for Adlon: "Her life is funny to watch, but you wouldnt want to live it (except sometimes)." Bring on the awkward.   Read More...   //

FX Sets Louie, The Comedians Premiere Dates

FX has set the premiere date of for the itsnew comedy series The Comedians starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad ,and for Season 5 of the Emmy - Award winning comedy Louie forApril 9. The Comedians will air at 10:00 p.m., followed by Louie at 10:30p.m. The debut season of Comedians will feature 13 episodes of the new series.   Read More... //

Weekend Binge Guide: January 2015

Have the weekend free? Going out is overrated! Binge-watch one of these shows instead:   If you want to laugh:   Brooklyn Nine-Nine See all reviews for Brooklyn Nine-Nine In catching up with this show the other day, I announced to the world that I thought Brooklyn Nine-Nine  was the legitimate heir to the glory that was  NewsRadio . I'm sorry if you're unfamiliar with  NewsRadio , but basically, it was the best workplace comedy of the '90s (#90skid) and it was filled with wonderful, uniquely hilarious characters.  Brooklyn Nine-Nine  is the same — except with guns!       If you want to cry:   Bunheads See all reviews for Bunheads This quiet tragicomedy lasted only one terrific season, but that's no reason you shouldn't watch it. From the mind behind  Gilmore Girls  (and with some of the same cast),  Bunheads  follows Michelle (Broadway vet Sutton Foster) from Las Vegas to the sleepy California town of Paradise, where she ends up co-directing a dance studio with her mother-in-law after SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER. It sounds insufferable, I know, but it's really just a delightful trifle that has the ability to break your heart once an episode.     If you want to scream:   Fringe See all reviews for  Fringe Take it from an expert: Do not watch  Fringe  while eating. Giant worms erupt from (living) bodies, people disintegrate/explode, and well, it's just gross a lot of the time! But it was also one of the more fully-realized sci-fi serials of the last decade. It's a marriage of monsters, technology, transhumanism, and parallel worlds — and what  doesn't  sound fun about that? Oh, right, the giant worms and exploding bodies. But that's what you're looking for, right?      If you want to think:   Louie See all reviews for  Louie If you think  Louie  is a comedy, you're... half right. It has comedic elements, sure, and it's based on Louis C.K.'s standup, but it's really more of an exploration of humanity, and one that gets exceedingly dark at times. It plays with form, eschewing the hypercontintinuity of most millennial series, and each episode feels more like a miniature film thesis than a standard sitcom. It attacks existentialism, suicide, aging, and insecurity, and it sets the standard for quality in a way that most "serious" shows would kill for.     Leah E. Friedman  is the editor of You can follow her musings on  Twitter .

Emmys: 4 (Painfully) Funny 'Louie' Moments

Get ready to cringe during these season four highlights of Louis C.K.'s Emmy-nominated series  Read More... //

Comedian Neal Brennan Talks The Approval Matrix, Louie, and @midnight

Where would your favorites fall on Sundance 's upcoming series  The Approval Matrix ? Based on New York Magazine 's long-running backpage feature that breaks everything in the universe down into one of four categories (Brilliant/Highbrow; Brilliant/Lowbrow; Despicable/Highbrow; and Despicable/Lowbrow, if you're curious), the show is hosted by Chappelle's Show co-creator and influential stand-up comedian, Neal Brennan . We spoke with him about the current state of comedy television, the mutual exclusivity of cool vs. popular entertainment, and how Netflix fits into the equation. Don't forget to track The Approval Matrix on SideReel, and tune into the premiere Monday, August 11 at 11pm/ET on the Sundance Channel.   SideReel: First, where would The Approval Matrix fall on the Approval Matrix? We’re going super-meta. Neal Brennan: That, you know what, that’s not me, that is one matrix that I cannot levy any sort of judgment on. That is up to the people of America. SideReel: OK, well, I’m an American and I would say that it’s probably in the “Brilliant/Highbrow” quadrant. NB: You don’t have to be nice. I’d say Lowbrow; it’s TV. SideReel: It’s super wonk-y though; there’s a lot of thought happening there. NB: Yeah, that’s what somebody else said. Someone was like, “You come across as really smart in this,” and I’m like, “Do I?” I guess I do, but I’m such an argumentative guy that I’m arguing a lot in my head, so this is like letting someone inside an argument that I would have in my head. But I guess it is wonk-y in terms of like, we do talk about real stuff. That’s what I like about it. It’s not as smart as [Real Time with] Bill Maher but it’s smarter than Chelsea [Lately] . It is interesting to talk about TV. I like that [first] episode [on the current state of TV] a lot because it is interesting as a thing that everyone wants. Whether they admit it or not, everyone’s sort of pursuing it now. SideReel: Especially from that first episode, a lot of the reaction is going to come from your placement of Louie [as Lowbrow/Despicable]. NB: I know, how dare I? SideReel: No, no, but since the taping occurred, I’m wondering if you’ve had any further thoughts on that placement? NB: The thing about the placement is that it’s pretty limiting, and I have to be provocative to get a discussion going, but, you know, I stand by what I said. I don’t think it’s exactly “comedy.” SideReel: That’s been a big discussion this year especially in terms of the Emmy nominations where it’s been submitted as a comedy, and people are arguing that it wasn’t funny; it was pretty depressing. NB: The thought I had yesterday is that putting Louie in the comedy section for the Emmys is like putting Steve Martin’s banjo-playing in the comedy portion of the Grammys. He is technically a comedian but he’s not doing comedy at that juncture, as it were. I didn’t go on Twitter for a couple of days [after the taping], and I’m probably not going to when the show airs either because people see this kind of stuff as their religion now. So if I say that I think Louis [C.K.]’s show isn’t comedy, particularly then people start insulting me. It’s like I’ve burned the Quran or something. Like I’ve had a cartoon of the Prophet and I must die now; I expect people to throw paint on me in public. So yeah, I think people take this really seriously and I think that’s mostly due to the internet and people wanting clickbait. SideReel: It definitely seems now that liking shows that no one else likes is a badge of honor. NB: No, it absolutely is, it’s absolutely like that. And it’s like, these aren’t books that you’re talking about, it’s just this passive experience of you know [ makes a bored sound ] watching TV. But again, people aren’t going to read books anymore. TV’s taken the place of art, books, uh, you know, highbrow music. People are basically getting their identities from it. Who they are is identified by what shows they watch, and I guess that’s always been true; I think in the seventies it was probably records and books, like what you had on your shelf.  I always say I made a bunch of money on it, too, because the Chappelle DVD was, you know, that was an indicator that you were into hip-hop, and you were racially progressive and liked audacious, bold comedy and satire, so as much as I roll my eyes at it a little bit, I have nice pants as a result. SideReel: What do you think about the increasing hyperserialization of TV series? It seems like every show (comedy AND drama) has to have this kind of overarching storyline/mythology that carries across the entire series, which is a huge change from 10-15 years ago. NB: It is in the boutique TV world, but in the Two and a Half Men / Big Bang Theory world, I don’t know. I think they’re on that same à la carte thing where you watch one episode and you’re pretty much done, like the Law & Order syndication model. SideReel: I hate to keep harping on Louie , but I think it’s a really interesting kind of case. It seems like it’s the one show that’s kind of “cool” right now that doesn’t follow that same overarching mythology. Like whatever needs to be true in that episode is true whether it contradicts something that happened earlier. NB: I think, yeah, I think it’s a choice you make. I don’t think Louis is counting on a big syndication deal, but I think that in a weird way, Netflix is a form of syndication.   SideReel: Quick, top 5 comedy series of all time NB: Mr. Show , Seinfeld , Saturday Night Live … I don’t know if I can put Chappelle’s Show on there. SideReel: You can; it’s pretty influential. NB: Yeah, I guess I’d put it on there. That’s another one of those things where it’s not really mine to judge. Oh, uh, Jackass ! I love Jackass . I’m still not completely over it. I think that’s probably the list. Is that five?         SideReel: I think that was five, yeah. What are your thoughts on @midnight ? It seems to be a pretty big success and it’s certainly a showcase for comedians that Americans haven’t necessarily heard of. NB: I think it’s a great idea for a show and I think it’s really easy to watch. There’s a thousand jokes per episode and it’s great. It’s filling a hole. It’s getting comedy from a new source in a way. SideReel: I’ve been introduced to a lot of comedians I hadn’t necessarily heard of before and it just makes me far more aware of the innovative stuff that’s happening in the stand-up world right now. NB: Yeah, there are just a lot of good comedians, there just are. There’s a lot of very funny, talented people, and you’re right, that’s a very good showcase of people you may not have heard of before. It’s just very easy to watch . That’s what I like about it. It’s like, here comes a joke, here comes a joke. Joke, joke, joke, joke. It’s great. This interview has been condensed and edited.

FARGO and LOUIE Renewed by FX; FARGO Season 2 Will Have New Cast, Setting, and Characters

FX has announced renewals for a couple of its most popular shows, both of which nabbed  plenty of Emmy nominations  this year.   Louis C.K. ’s increasingly bizarre but nonetheless poignant  Louie  has been given the go-ahead for season 5, while  Fargo  season 2 is officially a reality.   Louie  will return next spring, though the order is only for seven episodes as opposed to this year’s 14.  FX took on a unique airing format with season 4, though, as each week saw the premiere of two  Louie  episodes back-to-back.  I’m not sure if the abbreviated season 5 means they’ll continue with that format, or just play one episode a week for seven consecutive weeks.  It’s not necessarily a shock that the order has been shortened since  Louie ’s ratings hit new lows this year, but it’s encouraging to hear that the show will indeed be back.  There’s truly nothing else like it. Read More... //

Louie Renewed for Season 5 for Just 7 Episodes

FX has picked up a fifth season of Louis CK's dark comedy, Louie, the cable channel announced Monday at the Television Critics Association press tour. Season 5's run will consist of just seven episodes. Louie is currently nominated for five Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Lead Actor for CK.   Read More... //

Louie and Pamela Get Naked, Mock Art, Clean House, and Figure It Out on Louie Finale

At it's best this season, Louie was one part absurdist comedy and one part cringing drama. The two-part season finale struck the perfect balance between those two things, and it was mostly thanks to Pamela. Her presence marked a return to the controversial Pamela story begun two weeks ago. Last week, Louie took viewers on a trip into his own childhood, giving them an extra week to ponder the was-it-or-wasn't-it-rape sequence between Louie and Pamela in Pamela Part 1. Now, with the second two parts of that story wrapping up the show's fourth season, it became both clearer and less clear.   Read More... //