In an early Christmas present to lovers of cable comedy, FX has inked a giant, multi-year deal to keep comic Louis C.K. exclusive to the network for what Variety is describing as “the foreseeable future.” C.K. and his production company Pig Newton will now be developing new shows solely for the channel and its subsidiaries, with C.K. given the option to write or direct any series he works on.
In the last few years, Louis C.K. has gone from comedy’s best kept secret to the industry’s most celebrated genius, largely thanks to the success of his FX series/experimental film project Louie. Now the network is locking in their resident gag auteur, keeping C.K. in-house for all future television work.
If we’re lucky, this could lead to a whole slew of C.K.-helmed comedies. Which, any way you cut it, is pretty fantastic goddamn news.