News Briefs: Louie Will Break Until 2014

BUSINESS TIME

... In a conference call with reporters this morning, Louis C.K. announced that his FX show Louie won't make its usual summer debut next year; instead, Season 4 will be delayed until May of 2014. The extended break will give C.K., who writes, stars in, and directs the show, more creative freedom and the proper time to deliver the type of product he wants to. And you know what? Maybe a little vacation, too. The guy makes one of the best shows on TV right now, and it's almost all on his back, so go ahead Louis, go to the Grand Canyon or something. [Variety]

... ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager will end after the upcoming second half of its fifth season. All of ABC Family's current scripted shows have The Secret Life to thank, because it was the breakout series that put ABC Family in the business of original programming. The final 12 episodes of the series will begin airing in March. Now Shailene Woodley can be the star she was always meant to be and get a role opposite Shia Lebouf Shia Leboof Shia LaBeouf in something loud and splashy. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Also ending is the U.K.'s Shameless, the one Showtime's version is based on, which is calling it quits after 11 seasons. The Channel 4 dramedy will end in 2013. [THR]

... GSN has renewed The American Bible Challenge for a second season. It's a game show that tests contestants on their knowledge of the Bible. I just wanted to let you know that this thing exists. [GSN via press release]

... OMGYRAC! (Oh my goodness your ratings are crap!) Gossip Girl, once the zenith of pop culture and the accidental instructional precursor to Teen Mom, returned for its final season with... 770,000 viewers and a 0.4 rating among adults. You know what the final season needed? More hypersexualized ice-cream eating. [TV Line]

... J.J. Abrams is producing a Fox comedy about some woman's guide on becoming an adult. So I'm guessing there won't be any killer androids, alien overlords, or time-traveling in it? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Rachael Harris (The Hangover) and Angela Kinsey (The Office) are teaming up for Dirty Blondes, a comedy at Fox. The series is loosely based on their real-life friendship and focuses on two recently divorced pals. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Speaking of divorce and Fox and adding a terrible idea, Fox has ordered a pilot of the reality show Divorce Hotel. The gross premise features estranged couples staying in a luxury hotel and speeding up their divorce proceedings with lawyers, mediators, and I'm guessing hunky poolboys. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Nickelodeon is bringing its shows to Hulu. Now you have no excuse to fall behind on SpongeBob SquarePants. [NY Times]


CASTING NEWS

... Parks and Recreation is bringing back Megan Mullally to reprise her role as Tammy 2. She'll return in Episode 9 to cause some friction with Ron Swanson's new lady friend. [TV Guide]

... The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco will host the People's Choice Awards for the second year in a row. Willingly. I had no idea Cuoco was a masochist. The more you know... [CBS via press release]


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Good, maybe it won't come back at all!! And hopefully CBS puts a fork in HIMYM and 2 1/2 Men. They are long dead!!!

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Louis, man, why would you announce this? Should have hidden it so more people would tune into reruns while you tease at a late '13 return. Oh well, if I can live 3 years with Venture Bros being out of sorts, I suppose I can wait 2 for your show.

Wow, Rachael Harris gets another regular gig, that's wild, have been wondering why she has been a constant on TV but never 2 episodes in a row after The Daily Show.
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I like both Rachael Harris and Angela Kinsey, so hopefully that ends up being a decent show. I kind of doubt it, though.
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I think having the entire work and production of the show all on his back has brought down the show in this last past season. I think some episodes were missing the intro song and stand-up comedy clips. It really was just weird and not funny most of the time now. I don't like at all that the show is taking an extended break, but hopefully Louis can come back better than ever with some more planned out material.
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I don't agree, I enjoyed this season very much. And the last 4 episodes were simply phenomenal. There's also many good memories from this season: like the woman leaving Louie with her child and saying she has to go get her vagina removed; or the whole Parker Posey episode - perfection, or the one were he tries to find Liz and while a different woman helps him do that, she orgasms in the middle of a cafe; or the episode in Miami.

Besides, if You've watched Louie then you probably have noticed that he doesn't have many rules, so removing title songs or stand-up clips in exchange for not rushing through a scene and showing it properly is actually welcome.
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The good news: Rachael Harris finally getting a starring vehicle.

The bad news: Yet another show rubber-stamped by JJA that's almost sure to be a major disappointment. In stark contrast to how I reacted in years past, his name on a show is now a red flag for something to avoid. The snoozefest that is Revolution was the straw that finally broke this camel's back.
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I'll imagine that Louie stays lost in China for two years.
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Considering Louie's luck, that's actually quite possible :D
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I couldn't even read anything past Louie not being back until 2014... What's that about J.J. Abrams' comedy with time travelling aliens? Oh, who even cares... No Louie until 2014...
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Can Nickelodeon please bring its CLASSIC shows to Hulu?!?!?!? Some Clarissa Explains It All, Mystery Files of Shelby Woo, Secret World of Alex Mack, Salute Your Shorts?? Yes please!
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The CW's 90210 also premiered with a 0.4 in the ratings and under one million viewers. Nice to know CW cancelled The Secret Circle (RIP Show) to keep these two duds. :|
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By 'staring in something loud and splashy with shia lebouf' do you mean his upcoming sexually explicit film? I'd be game for that.



Hot dirty blondes.
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9O21O also premiered with a 0.4 in the ratings AND less than 1 millions viewers.
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It just goes to show teenage girls are smarter than we give them credit for.
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They pretty much would have to be.
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Nooooooooo..... I've just started getting into Louie. Oh well, at least I can now go back and watch the first two seasons.
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