EXCLUSIVE: It looks like Louis CK may be heading to the UK. I have just learned that FX UK is looking at picking up the award winning comedy series Louie from Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. My sources are telling me that they are “confident” that FX UK will be home to Louie on this side of the pond, but fell short of actually confirming if the broadcaster had closed a deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution to acquire the UK broadcast rights to the series.
Created by Louis CK, the off-beat comedy series puts a spotlight on CK’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, which was recently renewed for a fourth season, is produced by FX Productions and stars CK as a fictionalised version of himself. The series is noted for not having a large main cast and instead relying on a revolving cast of guest stars; which in the past has included Robin Williams, Melissa Leo and Ricky Gervais.
If Louie does wind up landing at FX UK, this would be the second major acquisiton for the channel in the last few months, following the pick up of the BBC Worldwide/Starz series Da Vinci’s Demons in July. The series would also become the channel’s second live-action comedy series, with the other being the equally off-beat Eastbound & Down, which was unexpectedly renewed for a fourth season last month.