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Louis C.K.’s Louie goes on hiatus in favor of Better Things, Baskets

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There’s good news and bad news for Louis C.K. fans. Viewers will be disappointed to learn that the comedian’s FX series, Louie, is officially on hiatus, but they can comfort themselves with the knowledge that more Louis C.K. shows are on the way. In addition to the previously announced Baskets, FX has announced it will introduce Better Things, a comedy created by C.K. and recurring Louie star Pamela Adlon.

Adlon co-wrote the Better Things pilot with C.K., and she’ll be the star of the series. According to Deadline, the show will be FX’s first comedy to feature a solo female lead. Better Things‘ premise has similarities to the comedian’s real life: She’ll play Sam, a mother of three who’s also trying to make a living as an actress. Her daughters will be played by Mikey Madison, Riley Watson, and Olivia Edward.

“Pamela is one of the sharpest and most endearing actresses working in television today,” said FX’s Eric Schrier. “We are thrilled she has joined forces with Louis to create a series that is raw, personal, and incredibly funny.”

C.K.’s decision to take a break from Louie comes from the writer, director, and actor’s desire to take on new projects such as Better Things, FX Networks and FX Productions CEO John Landgraf explained Friday during the TCA summer press tour. Unfortunately, at this point, it’s unclear how long the hiatus will last. “It’s really going to be his choice,” Landgraf said. “It could be six months or two years.” Previously, C.K. put Louie on hold in 2012 before bringing the series back for the next season in 2014.

In addition to Better Things, C.K. is also working on Baskets, yet another upcoming FX comedy, which will star Zach Galafianakis.

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