Cable network FX is apparently excited about their Thursday night lineup, and they're putting quite a few big name eggs into that particular basket. One June 28th, 2012, FX will show off its new Thursday prime time schedule, debuting two new shows and launching new seasons of two of their biggest hits. Thursday night comedy has been an NBC thing for years and years, but perhaps FX is poised to at least take a bite out of that particular apple.
"Anger Management," Charlie Sheen's new show, and Russell Brand's new late night variety show will both debut that night. "Wilfred" and "Louie" will also debut their new seasons that night as well. This will be the third season for "Louie," the single camera comedy created, written, starring, directed, and edited by comedian Louis C.K. Both of the previous two seasons have been both critical and ratings successes, and the show has considerable momentum going into its third run.
So what can we expect from this upcoming year?
Continuity-schmontinuity - In Season 1, Louie had a little brother, who we never saw the next season. The same goes for his mother from Season 1, as well. Then there's the fact that we met two sisters and a niece in Season 2 that were never mentioned in Season 1. Oh and the same actress who played Louie's mother also played a potential love interest in the same season. C.K. has said himself that continuity isn't his main focus in this show; the stories are. So we should expect to see perhaps a new apartment or Louie's dad or something that you'd think we'd have seen in the previous two seasons, but for whatever reason, it's just now showing up.
Louie Will Still Be Single - Look, this is always conjecture whenever we try to imagine what will happen on a show's new season. But it would seem that C.K. is intent on keeping his alter-ego hopelessly in love with a woman who won't have him. That was one of the only story arcs that carried over from the first to the second season, the relationship of Louie and Pam. At the end of last season though, Pam moved to France to be with her son and his father, so that would really seem to mean that Louie should move on, and yet something tells me Pam will be back, at least in enough of a way to further torture and torment Louie's emotions.
Who Knows? - Honestly, there's a certain amount of surrendering one has to do with "Louie." You have to put your total faith in C.K., who has yet to let us down. He obviously has a vision for his show, and he's not interested in doing anything that falls outside that scope. The same show gave us a really gritty moment with a near mugging on Halloween, and a show purely about masturbation. There's no way to really divine where the show's headed, but one thing's for sure, I'll be along for the ride the whole way.