Well, this was unexpected. Louis C.K. has this morning emerged, groundhog like, and surprised fans with the unveiling of a project he’s somehow managed to keep completely secret, a new online dramedy series co-starring Steve Buscemi and Alan Alda called Horace And Pete. Something like a dramatic (or blackly comedic) Cheers, the 67 minute drama revolves around an Irish bar, Horace and Pete’s, and the people who work and frequent it. C.K. wrote, directed and stars as Horace, who runs the bar a year after the death of his father, with Alda as bartender Pete, and Buscemi as another character called Pete. The show also features appearances by Edie Falco, Rebecca Hall, Jessica Lange, Kurt Metzger, Steven Wright and many others.
In keeping with the bare bones approach the comedian has used for previous self-released projects, C.K. announced the show in a terse email sent to fans this morning that said, simply, “Go here to watch it. We hope you like it.” No other information was provided and indeed, a visit to C.K.’s official site doesn’t even provide potential viewers with so much as a logline. As of this morning, the first episode is available for $5, the same price C.K. has always charged for projects sold through his site, and there are slots for what looks like three additional episodes.
How C.K. managed to keep the production and this cast a secret is anyone’s guess, but it’s becoming clear filming for this show happened very recently, as the first episode contains references to recent behavior by Donald Trump and other current events. The new series comes just a few weeks after FX CEO John Landgraf confirmed he’s not sure if C.K.’s acclaimed series Louie will ever return from its extended hiatus. For now at least, it looks like we know what he’s been doing instead.