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Louie Returns as Season 4 (Finally!) Gets a Premiere Date After 19-Month Hiatus

LOUIE, Louis C. K. FX

It's about time.

After a 19-month long hiatus, Louie is finally returning!

Louis C.K.'s Emmy Award-winning sitcom's highly anticipated (and delayed) fourth season finally has a premiere date: Monday, May 5! The FX series will air two consecutive episodes at 10 p.m. for seven straight weeks, giving viewers double the laughs to make up for lost time.

"Louis said he needed extra time between seasons three and four of his show because—even though Louie was the most critically acclaimed television comedy series in America—he needed to make it even better," FX CEO John Landgraf said in a statement. "Based on the first three episodes we've seen, remarkably, he accomplished his goal."

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Louie's last episode, the season three finale, aired in September 2012, with the comedian revealing his plans to delay season four that October.

"It's a luxury I asked for. 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," C.K. said at the time. "That's my goal. 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."

And fans will actually be getting an extra episode as C.K. produced a 14th episode, despite FX only ordering 13. What a  guy!

The series made history in 2012 when it was the first basic cable network comedy series to be nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series at the Emmys.

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