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Melissa Leo on Francine, Vain Actresses, and Her Guest Role on Louie

Melissa Leo has garnered Oscar nominations (and a shiny gold statue) for her characterizations of tough, working-class women. In her latest movie, the atmospheric indie Francine , which runs at MoMA for two weeks, she portrays a recently released convict who channels her struggle to connect with other people into relationships with animals. Vulture spoke with Leo about working from a very loose script, canine co-stars, and her unforgettable guest stint on Louie . Read More... //

Louis C.K.: 'I Have an Insane Amount of Power Over the Audience' (Audio)

Louis C.K. says standup gives him "an insane amount of power over the audience" -- and that he also wields it on his FX series. //

Watch a Deleted Scene From Louie

She should apologize! //

Louie 3.07 "Ikea / Piano Lesson" Clip

Next time on Louie , Louie takes a shopping trip with an old friend, but finds himself with a bit of an emergency on his hands. Louie is an original comedy series on FX written and directed by Emmy award winning comedian Louis C.K. Now it's in third season, the series continues to receive critical acclaim with three Emmy nominations for 2012. //

'Game of Thrones,' 'Homeland,' 'Louie' and 'Breaking Bad' win TCA Awards

HitFix's Alan Sepinwall reports that "Game of Thrones," "Homeland," "Louie" and "Breaking Bad" were among the big winners at the Television Critics Association Awards. //

FX renews 'Louie' for season 4

HitFix's Alan Sepinwall writes about FX renewing "Louie" for a fourth season, and about the potential of the channel doing more deals like the one it has with Louis C.K. //

Parker Posey on Landing Louie and Almost Playing His Shrink

[Spoilers ahead.] The final scene of this week's Louie had us feeling, quite literally, on edge: Would Louie's date Liz, the bookstore clerk he'd met in last week's episode , make it off the rooftop alive? Would she jump? Fall? ( Crazier deaths have occurred on the show .) She survived, of course. But it was the perfect ending to an episode that was full of emotional highs and lows: Liz agrees to go out with Louie (yay!) ... then a bartender refuses to serve her Jagers (awkward) ... it's okay, because she'd rather go for a walk anyway (great!) ... then she tells Louie about that time she was diagnosed with carcinoma as a teenager (heavy). Vulture spoke with Parker Posey — who played the part of the manic, melancholic love interest so perfectly that we maybe want her to marry Louie — about how she met Louis C.K., what it was like to fit him into a gold dress, and how she was actually supposed to play his therapist. Read More... //

'Louie' Decides To Get Back Into Dating

It is an epic saga by " Louie " (Thu., 10:30 p.m. ET on FX) standards as the first of a two-part story began. In it, Louis is encouraged by his daughters to get back into the dating pool and get a girlfriend that they can meet and enjoy as much as Mommy's "friend." In typical Louis fashion, he jumps blindly into bed with a comedian he finds amusing, and without really trying to get to know her or make a connection he invites her over to his place for dinner with him and his daughters. This after she'd just told him he was rather disappointing in bed. So imagine Louis' surprise when he proves successful. After bonding with a very nice lady at a bookstore where he picks up a few books for his eldest daughter, he comes up with a very Louis, very self-deprecating way to ask her out. It's so awkward and hilarious that it's brilliant. Even better for Louis, it works. And that's where the episode leaves him, with the fist pump of victory. But this is "Louie." It can probably only go downhill from here. Find out how he inevitably screws it all up -- or perhaps shockingly doesn't -- as "Louie" continues Thursdays at 10:30 p.m. ET on FX. TV Replay scours the vast television landscape to find the most interesting, amusing, and, on a good day, amazing moments, and delivers them right to your browser. //

Good News For 'Louie' Fans

The ratings are in for the first two episodes of season three of " Louie " -- and they're good. The show's June 28 premiere drew about 1.4 million viewers to FX; that's almost twice as many as watched the first season premiere, and a hefty 50 percent more than tuned in to the premiere of the second season. Viewership for the second episode of "Louie," which aired July 5, was somewhat lower, at 1.1 million -- but even that is a solid 19 percent higher than the average viewership last season. It's also impressive considering that it aired a day after Independence Day, so many viewers were likely taking a mini-vacation. FX spokesperson John Solberg admitted that the numbers are more impressive in the context of past seasons of "Louie" than in the broader context of TV, or even FX. "Compared to our other comedies, it's not as high as 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' or 'Wilfred,'" he said, "But it's increased every year." "Philadelphia" averaged above 2 million viewers last season, while "Wilfred," which airs immediately before "Louie," pulled 1.5 million. The ratings for "Louie" are also modest compared to the Charlie Sheen-helmed "Anger Management," which is on before "Wilfred" -- to say nothing of its rivals on the networks. On the other hand, "Louie" has a famously minuscule budget, so it stands a better chance than some other shows of turning a profit for FX despite its relatively low viewership. "We're really encouraged by it," Solberg said. "But more importantly, it's arguably the best television series on right now." That's quite a statement -- but it's supported by a raft of critical acclaim. The third season has garnered the most raputurous reviews of the series so far. HuffPost TV critic Maureen Ryan called it " the best comedy on television ," while Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker said it was " a revelation ." The season's Metascore currently stands at 93 , the highest of any show being aired this summer, and below only a few legends -- "Battlestar Galactica" season 3, "Breaking Bad" and "The Wire" season 4, "Sopranos" season 6 -- on Metacritic's all-time TV leaderboard . Many of the critics have praised the show's iconoclasm, attributing it to the unusual level of control the show's creator, Louis C.K., has over the show -- the comedian stars in, writes, directs, edits and scores most of the episodes, setting it apart from everything else on TV. It's unusual format turns off some viewers -- but the acclaim that results from it has likely contributed to the rise in the ratings for this season compared to the first two. //

'Louie': Uncomfortable Post-Coital Moments

Oscar-winner Melissa Leo guest-starred on " Louie " (Thu., 10:30 p.m. ET on FX) Thursday night, and her character, Lori, put Louie ( Louis C.K. ) in a really awkward spot. As she was driving Louie home from their date, Lori pulled into the driveway and offered to perform oral sex on him. "Whip it out!" she ordered. So, he obliged. Afterward, Lori settled back for her turn and said, "Let's get some payback." In one of the most uncomfortable "Louie" scenes ever, he squirmed before refusing. "Um, well, I don’t really wanna do that," he told her. Louis C.K. talked to HuffPost TV about Season 3 , promising longer stories and a more cinematic feel. Find out what he means as "Louie" continues, Thursdays at 10:30 p.m. ET on FX . TV Replay scours the vast television landscape to find the most interesting, amusing, and amazing moments - and delivers them right to your browser. //