Louis C.K. might not be a name that many people know, but he may just be one of the more innovative, and possibly best comedians of our time. You might know his face from several small roles in films like Role Models and TV shows like Home Movies, or his writing on such shows as Saturday Night Live and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. You may soon know both his name and face more as the FX network has picked up a show based on him simply titled Louie as well as a second series titled The League.
Some may remember the brief 13-episode run of Lucky Louie on HBO, but the new Louie is said to be done in a different vain. According to Variety:
“Louie” is based on the star’s life and will blend standup material with what Landgraf described as “extended vignettes” depicting moments from his offstage experiences. Louis CK is exec producer, writer and helmer of the series.
Meanwhile, The League seems to still be on the comedic side, but won’t be as much about the comedian:
FX Networks president John Landgraf described “League” as a kind of suburban-set “Sex and the City” for men. The semi-improv show revolves around the lives of a group of college friends as they’re forced to take on more responsibilities as husbands and fathers.
These two half-hour comedies will be added to FX’s growing comedy line up along with It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which has already become a big hit both on the air, and on DVD. To get a hint at what the new series will be showcasing, check out a famous rant Louis C.K. had on Conan O’Brien a few years back after the jump. Both shows are expected to start next year.