Articles for Louie Season 2

Not much has changed between the end of Louie season 1 and the beginning of season 2, which premieres tonight. And that‘s impossibly good news for old and new viewers alike, though perhaps not so good for the character of Louie, played (and written, and directed, and produced, and edited) by Louis C.K., whose life as a divorced single dad and comedian in New York City is just as full of frustration, cynicism and dark surprise as ever.  We don‘t necessarily pick up where we left off with Louie, because we didn‘t really leave off anywhere. Episodes take on a vaguely familiar frame with the way each inter-cuts segments of C.K.‘s stand-up with short stories about the mundane, unavoidable, often depressing yet strangely rewarding tasks of daily life. The stories are more like vignettes, resembling documentary in the way a beginning or ending is never forced, a moral never arrived upon, though lessons happen often (and often cruelly). Continuity happens not through plot, but through the character of Louie, whom we must constantly remind ourselves is not exactly C.K., but more like a potent version of his stand-up persona: Dark, honest and whip-smart, but gentle and self-deprecating at his core. The way he smiles at the end of his sets tells us that, for all his limitations as a parent, adult, lover, or neighbor, he‘s laughing at himself, too -- just as we all must if we want to keep from going completely insane.  Read more »
In 2005 Desperate Housewives was the hot new show on TV and it earned 15 Emmy nominations for its first season, but despite a ton of buzz, it failed to win the award for Outstanding Comedy Series. The following year, amid much criticism that the show was too dramatic and serious, it was surprisingly dropped from the Comedy Series race and only picked up seven nominations.I mention this story at the start of my predictions for this year‘s Emmy nominations for Comedy because it seems eerily similar to Glee. The show had a ton of buzz for its first year, didn‘t win for Outstanding Comedy Series, and now, with criticism about its overly dramatic second season, there‘s a chance it too could be left out in the cold.  Read more »
The 2011 Emmy nominations were announced today, and as expected, last year‘s big winners, Mad Men and Modern Family, are the most nominated drama and comedy with 19 and 17 nominations, respectively. However, the nominees this year include a number of very pleasant surprises and big totals for HBO‘s freshman dramas Boardwalk Empire (18 nominations) and Game of Thrones (13 nominations).  Read more »
This year, despite some glaring oversights, the Emmy Awards got a lot of stuff right. They welcomed plenty of new shows like Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and The Big C while also including returning favorites ignored in previous years like Friday Night Lights, Justified and Parks and Recreation.  Read more »
The second season of Louie cemented the show‘s well-deserved reputation as one of the most unique, artful and darkly funny half hours on television. Loosely based on the experience and observations of show creator and star Louis C.K., Louie follows the comedian‘s eternally downcast alter-ego as he navigates the pitfalls of fatherhood, midlife divorce, and general urban life in the 21st century. Read more »
Beware, trolls, because Charlie Sheen is returning to TV this summer. FX has revealed its summer schedule, and a big night of comedy on Thursday nights will begin with Sheen‘s new comedy, a TV adaptation of the film Anger Management, on Thursday, June 28 at 9pm.  Read more »
When Comedy Central created the Comedy Awards last year, it seemed like a joke. In fact, South Park devoted an entire episode to mocking the concept of an awards show for comedy. But looking at this year‘s nominees, it‘s hard to argue that these awards are infinitely better than any other awards show when it comes to television.  Read more »