The offbeat comedy that won a writing Emmy in 2012 and scored the first Outstanding Comedy Series nom for a basic cable show finally is heading back to a TV screen near you. There was no Emmy love for FX’s Louie last year, however, because the cable net said in October 2012 that series was taking a year off. But today FX said Season 4 of the acclaimed series will premiere May 5 with back-to-back new episodes. The network ordered a 13-episode season of the single-camera show, but series creator-director-writer-star Louis C.K. delivered a 14th. In announcing the hiatus in 2012, he and FX President John Landgraf referred to the first three seasons of Louie as the first act of a trilogy, with Louis C.K. noting he hoped the show could go to nine seasons. The multihyphenate has kept busy during the series’ time off, inking an overall deal with FX Productions in December, co-writing a comedy with Zach Galifianakis that FX ordered to pilot in January; touring with his stand-up acts and offering $5 downloads of an old indie pic he did way back in 1998. He also has been tapped for a voice role in Illumination Entertainment’s untitled Pets Movie and is set to host Saturday Night Live for a second time March 29.
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