FX renews ‘Louie’ for 13-episode second season


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Fans of FX’s dirty yet humane sitcom “Louie” can rejoice, as FX announced a second-season pickup of the comedy Tuesday morning. The second season will run 13 episodes, according to an FX press release. There’s no word on when the second season will air, but a summer 2011 return seems like a safe bet. The current season will complete its run with back-to-back episodes on Sept. 7. [Updated at 3:52 p.m.: FX President John Landgraf confirmed that “Louie” will be back in the summer of 2011 at Tuesday’s press tour session, according to]

The renewal was announced via not safe for work language on the Twitter feed of series creator/writer/director/star Louis C.K., then confirmed by the network in the press release.


“Louis has made a truly original series – a comedy unlike anything on television, but perfect for his unique voice,” said FX president and general manager John Landgraf in the release.

“Louie,” which airs at the not-exactly-viewer-friendly time of 11 p.m., actually draws a respectable audience for the time slot, likely a factor in FX deciding to pick up the series. To date, it’s averaging 1 million total viewers first-run and 2.5 million total viewers when repeats, DVR playbacks and Internet viewings are taken into account.

-- Todd VanDerWerff (follow me on Twitter at @tvoti)

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