Don’t expect to see the fourth season of Louie next year. Louis C.K.’s acclaimed FX series will take an “extended hiatus” and will not return until the spring of 2014, the network announced Tuesday.
C.K. explained the decision in a conference call with reporters, according to the New York Times:
“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. 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.”
All three of the Louie seasons to date have aired in the late summer and early fall.
At this point, you can’t blame the guy. He created the show from scratch, writes, directs and stars in every episode and has repeatedly forgone higher production budgets in exchange for greater creative control. While it won’t be fun to have no Louie in 2013, he’ll likely devote that extra time to writing an even better season- or spending time on his other career, as the world’s best stand-up comedian.