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'Louie' Returns from a Long Hiatus with Two Solid Episodes

Louie returned to FX last night after a year and a half hiatus, with two new episodes, and if you're worried the show would lose its touch during its time away, you can set those fears to rest. The premiere episodes of season four, “Back” and “Model,” while being vastly different from each other in style and tone, are both perfect examples of what makes Louie so great.

“Back” ultimately focuses on Louie’s back problems, but the episode’s name correctly states that he and his show have returned. The episode loosely winds from scene to scene, in a style much like the early seasons of Louie. Also like classic [...]

Louis C.K. Went on a Twitter Rant About His Kids' Homework

Louis C.K. took to Twitter yesterday to express his frustrations with the homework his elementary school-aged daughter is being assigned by a New York public school to prep for standardized testing. In a series of tweets, C.K. took photos of some needlessly complicated math questions and shared his disdain for standardized testing and its effect upon public education. Check out his tweets on the matter below:

Louis C.K. Ponders Life and Death in a New 'Louie' Clip

Here's a very life-and-death-themed peek at the upcoming season of Louie, where C.K. is punched, gets some neck pain, loses his ability to walk, and is dismissed by his doctor for his unexciting ailments.

Here's a New Promo for Season 4 of 'Louie'

Here's a promo for the newest season of FX's Louie, which premieres on May 5th after a two-year hiatus. Click through to watch the past two promos for the series.

Talking to W. Kamau Bell About Standup, 'Totally Biased', and Diversity in Late Night

Long established on the San Francisco comedy scene, W. Kamau Bell was relatively unknown nationally when he began hosting Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell on FX in 2012. But following the internet outrage over the show’s cancellation this past November, Bell and Totally Biased received more critical attention, posthumously praising the show for its unique blend of humor and socio-political commentary.

Now, Bell is full steam ahead with his "Oh Everything!" tour, which will include doing standup at the Atlantic Ocean Comedy & Music Festival July 25-28, a comedy cruise put on by Jesse Thorn’s podcast and radio organization Maximum Fun. Before that, he’ll be in [...]

'Portlandia's Jonathan Krisel Is Directing and Co-Writing Zach Galifianakis and Louis C.K.'s FX Pilot with Them

Portlandia director and co-creator Jonathan Krisel has landed a coveted new TV gig: he's directing, co-writing, and producing Zach Galifianakis and Louis C.K.'s upcoming FX pilot, THR reports. The untitled half-hour comedy pilot, which was announced in January, will star Galifianakis and will be co-created by Galifianakis, Krisel, and Louis C.K. C.K. is producing the show as part of his new multi-year deal with FX to create and produce new shows for them.

This is one of two FX pilots Krisel is directing and producing, along with Man Seeking Women, which stars Jay Baruchel and Eric Andre, is produced by Lorne Michaels, and was created by [...]

Here Are a Bunch of Promos for the New Season of 'Louie'

Louis C.K.'s Louie is returning to FX on May 5th after nearly two years off the air, and FX has been releasing short clips from season four all week. The above one has Jerry Seinfeld in it, who's returning to guest star this season, and the clips below don't have any famous comedians in them:

Louis C.K. Visits the Doctor in a New 'Louie' Sneak Peek

In case the three previous and very mysterious promos weren't enough, here's a peek at the new season of Louie, where C.K. pays his doctor a visit to complain about back pain and gets a pretty basic diagnosis.

Billy Crystal Is Reviving His 'SNL' Characters on FX Show 'The Comedians'

If you've been clamoring for an encore performance of Billy Crystal's SNL characters from the mid-'80s, your dreams are about to come true. FX's upcoming Billy Crystal/Josh Gad show The Comedians — which follows a veteran comedian (Crystal) working on a late night talk show with an edgy young comedian (Gad) — is set to premiere in summer 2015, and according to Page Six, Crystal is bringing some of his SNL work with him to the new show.

"I grew up watching SNL religiously, so seeing [Crystal] re-create some of his characters on this show and doing some of that stuff is a dream come true," [...]

FXX Orders a Show Starring Tracy Morgan and Created by the 'Always Sunny' Guys

According to Deadline, FX's sister network FXX has given a straight-to-series order to an untitled comedy series starring SNL and 30 Rock alum Tracy Morgan. The series comes from the production company of Always Sunny's Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, and Luvh Rakhe and was spawned out of a recent FX pilot order from Rob Long and Tad Safran called Death Pact. Deadline reports that there has been no formal pass on Death Pact, but news of an entirely new show starring Morgan suggests the pilot is no more. No plot details for the FXX series have been released, but the series is scheduled to premiere [...]

A Guide to Your Favorite Sitcom TV Writers on Twitter

Last month we compiled a complete guide to all the best late night and sketch show writers on Twitter, from talk shows to SNL to Comedy Central's crop of new and returning sketch series. This round we're highlighting the writing staffs of some of the finest sitcoms and animated series on television today, from both established network regulars like Community and Parks and Rec to breakthrough newcomers like Broad City, Silicon Valley, and Rick and Morty. Writing for a television show is above all a collaborative effort, so here's a zoomed-in glance at the teams hard at work to keep you hooked on all your favorite shows week [...]

'Archer's Fifth Season Went Delightfully Off Track with 'Archer: Vice'

When Archer got an early renewal for not one, but two more seasons last month, I felt conflicted. Yes, it is currently one of the best comedies on television and more episodes are deserved. But the worrier in me immediately panicked. Two more seasons? How can the show possibly keep being as good? How can the writers keep thinking up new scenarios and, more importantly, new jokes? What if this renewal is just an entry into a slow death rattle? However, now that I've had the time to reflect on the entirety of season five, I'm no longer worried.

Archer: Vice was a huge turning point for the series, [...]

Does FX's 'Fargo' Keep the Original's Darkness While Losing the Comedy?

Many words have been written this week about Tuesday’s premiere of the FX eponymous miniseries adaptation of Fargo, particularly in regards to its faithfulness to the classic and nearly universally adored Coen Brothers original. Critics seem to agree that the show, with the Coen Brothers blessing represented in the form of an Executive Producer credit, is faithful in setting and in certain character similarities to the film, but it is mostly not attempting to be an adaptation at all. Rather, it is its own set of stories that take place in the same snow-covered, “you betcha” oeuvre and the various criminals — hapless to exacting — that inhabit and pass [...]

'The Simpsons' Will Launch on FXX with a 12-Day Marathon

FX's sister site FXX has already announced that they've acquired rights to seasons 1-24 of The Simpsons to air this August, and according to Variety, today the network announced that they'll be kicking off the show's cable debut with a 12-day Simpsons marathon in what FX's chief executive Jon Landgraf is calling "the longest continuous marathon in the history of television." FX is also expected to debut an accompanying Simpsons app in the coming weeks that will be distinct from their FXNow mobile streaming app already in place. Execs reportedly suggested the name "Simpsons World" for the app, though the official name has not yet been confirmed [...]