Being an Emmy darling has its perks.
A little more than two weeks after walking away with a pair of trophies, Louis C.K. is getting his wish for more time to ready the next season of his critically-adored FX comedy.
Season four of Louie, which was originally scheduled to premiere in summer 2013, will now return in spring 2014, FX president and GM John Landgraf announced during a conference call with reporters on Tuesday.
The lengthier hiatus, which C.K. requested, will allow the Louie multitasker more time to recharge his batteries. "[Louis C.K.] has continued to raise the bar," Landgraf said in explaining the move. "I don't think there's anyone else in the business who's produced, starred, directed and edited all but seven episodes. I'm not surprised he needs a bit of a break."
While C.K. will be taking a break from the series, he'll hardly be using the time to kick back on a beach. Rather, the comic will continue performing his current stand-up tour for the remainder of 2012 before returning to write the next season of Louie in early 2013.
"It's a luxury I asked for," C.K. told reporters. "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," he continued. "I don't want it to be making the doughnuts. I want it to be something that comes from somewhere important and stays funny. I think I can do better work if I spread things out."
Louie received three Emmy nominations for its most recent season and won for comedy writing. C.K.'s other trophy came courtesy of his Live at the Beacon Theater comedy special.