FX, Louis C.K. To Delay Season 4 of "Louie" Until 2014

Emmy-winning series will be held over until May 2014 to allow star "a little breathing room."

By Colin Bertram
|  Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012  |  Updated 12:48 PM PDT
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The FX network is delaying the return of its hit comedy "Louie" from summer 2013 to spring 2014.

The network announced Tuesday it had granted the request by the series' Emmy-winning star, Louis C.K., for what he labeled "a little breathing room."

According to the Hollywood Reporter, during a conference call with reporters FX president and general manager John Landgraf revealed the new timetable and spoke of the comic's ceaseless work schedule. "Louie has continued to raise the bar and recharge his batteries. I don't think there's anyone else in business who's produced, starred, directed and edited all but seven episodes," Landgraf said. "I'm not surprised he needs a bit of a break."

Along with performing in the show, the multi-hyphenate serves as creator, producer, writer and editor.

“The last three seasons have been this surge of fun and work and stories, and it’s been great to share all this stuff, and I want to keep going,” Louis C. K. said during the teleconference. “I want the show to keep getting better. That’s my goal, and I don’t want it to be making the doughnuts. I want it to keep being something that comes from somewhere fun and important, and I want it to stay funny. It’s a luxury that I asked for, which is more time to create Season 4.”

In the meantime the comic will continue his 22-city stand-up tour, which he said would "probably" be turned into a televised special.

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