FX held its TCA Winter Tour presentation over the weekend where the network announced an April 9th premiere date for both the fifth season of “Louie” and the Billy Crystal and Josh Gad-led new series “The Comedians”. The new season of “Louie” will be eight episodes and comedian Louis C.K. says it will be more laugh-oriented than the fourth season’s more dramatic turn.
The network is coming off a stellar year in which its shows are being touted on more critics list than any other network save HBO. At the end of last year, HBO scored 250 mentions on critical top show lists, FX nabbed 213, and rivals like AMC, Netflix, and Showtime came were trailing behind for the rest of the top five with 74, 67 and 62 mentions respectively.
FX Networks CEO John Landgraf says he thinks “The Americans” will run at least five seasons. Reviews for the series are stellar amongst both critics and audiences, however ratings wise it is often in the toilet. Landgraf thinks that the Russian spy drama’s upcoming third season is the show’s finest.
He also says the upcoming sixth and final season of “Justified” doesn’t have an ending yet. Talking about the production of this season’s episodes: “We’ve shot [episode] 10, and have a script for 11 … And we’re outlining 12, and then get to 13.”