FX Renews ‘Louie’ For Fourth Season, Orders More ‘Brand X’ & ‘The Bridge’ Pilot

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At their TCA panel today, FX announced that they have renewed comedy series Louie for a fourth season of 13 episodes.

Currently airing its third season, Louie, from the inventive imagination of Louis C.K., puts a spotlight on C.K.’s everyday ordeals, his quest to find love and his pursuit of humor.  Each episode features a scripted story and a mix of his stand-up comedy, which is original material for the series. The series has been a strong performer for FX this season and was considered a lock for renewal.

In addition, the network also announced that they had ordered a further seven episodes of late-night talk show Brand X with Russell Brand and that Martin Sheen (who is set to appear towards the end of Anger Management‘s first season as Charlie Goodson’s father) has been upped to a series regular on the comedy series, that is assuming that the series receives its hefty 90 episode back order. Something which is considered likely given its current performance in the ratings. As for comedy series Wilfred, network president John Landgraf said he was “feeling optimistic” about a third season renewal.

On the drama side, the network has ordered a new pilot: The Bridge. The drama project is based on the Scandinavian series which follows a murder investigation after the body of a woman is found in the middle of the Oresund Bridge which connects Sweden and Denmark. Cold Case creator Meredith Stiehm wrote the script for the FX adaptation, which is being produced by FX Productions and Shine International.

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