Ready to hear something TOTALLY DUMB AND UNFAIR? Season 4 of Louis C.K.‘s FX show Louie won’t be set to air until freaking SPRING OF 2014, which is almost TWO WHOLE YEARS FROM NOW, OMG YOU GUYS, FML.
Me and this surly stock photo teenager will be locking ourselves in our rooms and listening to Nine Inch Nails for the duration.
The busy comedian admitted on Tuesday that he was responsible for the decision to delay season four, adding that “The last three seasons have been this surge of fun and work and stories and it’s been great, but I want the show to keep getting better. That’s my goal, and I don’t want it to be making the donuts, I want it to be something that comes from somewhere important and stays funny.”
OK. FINE. That sounds totally legit, and I agree with him — I’d rather have quality episodes of what has quickly become one of my favorite TV shows than see it jump the shark and suffer an unbearable cancellation, BUT STILL. LOUIS. Y U DO DIS?
The break is probably an inevitable one when you stop and think about all that’s happened to Louis C.K.’s career in recent years. Not only has the FX show been enormously well-received, but sales from his stand-up touring performances have been through the fucking ROOF. Get this: ticket sales from his latest tour topped $4.5 million dollars in two days. TWO DAYS. I mean–that’s great, he’s a talented guy and he deserves it, but WHOA. I had no idea.
Those impressive ticket sales are actually one of the reasons we won’t see Louis back on TV until 2014; he’s acknowledged previously that touring is how he earns the bulk of his income (and now that we know the numbers, that seems obvious), and he’s currently touring through February 2013. He also seems (wisely) concerned with maintaining his street cred as a stand-up first and a TV star second — noting that his success onstage seems to translate to a stronger creative voice on the small screen: “I always looked at Woody Allen as a great guide: [He] had his own voice that was sought after because of his stand-up, and because of his stand-up, when he wanted to do something this way, they would let him do it.”
Well, when he puts it THAT way, I guess we have to give him a break when it comes to this hiatus. But we don’t have to be happy about it.
OH, GOSHDARNIT — GET OVER HERE! WE CAN’T STAY MAD AT YOU.