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'Louie' returns to television tonight

May 3, 2014

By Jon Fassnacht, Reading Eagle, Pa.

May 03--One of Louis C.K.'s most faithful factions of fans is one he can't stand.

"I hate 20-year-olds," the comedian ranted during his November 2010 show at the Sovereign Performing Arts Center (now the Santander Performing Arts Center). "If you're 20, you have never done anything for anybody, you've just taken. I know you went to Guatemala on a school trip, and they told you you helped, but you totally didn't help."

To the delight of 20-year-olds, and a dedicated group of fans from across the demographic divide, C.K.'s critically acclaimed show "Louie" makes its long-awaited return Monday at 10 and 10:30 on FX.

The comedy-drama stars C.K. as a stand-up comedian and newly divorced father raising two daughters in New York City.

In other words, he's playing himself.

The show has received several Primetime Emmy Award nominations, and in 2012 C.K. won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.

Most of the show's episodes consist of two unrelated vignettes bridged by stand-up segments. Occasionally, C.K. incorporates story arcs that constitute a full episode, or even multiple episodes, such as last season's three-part story line that featured C.K. auditioning to become the new host of "Late Show with David Letterman." Pretty prescient plot, that.

The most recent of the show's three 13-episode seasons ended Sept. 27, 2012. Originally slated to air last summer, season four was pushed back a year to give C.K. more time to develop the season.

The 14 episodes will be broadcast across seven weeks, with back-to-back episodes airing each week.

Did you know?

Born Louis Szekely Jr., C.K.'s stage name is an approximate pronunciation of his surname.

His first attempt at a sitcom, "Lucky Louie," aired for only one season on HBO in 2006.

In 2011, C.K. released the independently produced "Live at the Beacon Theater" as a $5 digital download on his website, bypassing physical and broadcast media. According to his site, in less than two weeks the robust sales of the special had earned him more than $1 million.

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