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‘Louie’ Season 4 Raised Too Many Questions It Couldn’t Answer

In many ways, Season 4 of Louie felt like a call and response between Louis C.K. and the Internet. The season focused heavily on Louie’s interactions with women: the gorgeous model he accidentally hits in the face, the fat woman who calls him out on his shit, the Hungarian woman that he literally can’t communicate with — what an ideal relationship for Louie! — and, of course, the brassy Pamela. Each one of these episodes or “relationships” (and even the strange, pot-fueled “In The Woods”) was practically begging for Internet discussion, demanding thinkpieces, and teasing episodic recaps. Louis C.K. spent Season 4 giving us essay prompts but never provided the answers. … Read More

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‘Louie’ Season 4 Episodes 13 & 14 Recap: “Pamela Parts 2 & 3”

The romantic entanglements of its writer/director/star have always been a concern of Louie, but as its fourth season draws to a close, they’ve never been more central to the series. Previous seasons gave us questions of career and friendship to counter the romantic plotlines; this year, with the momentary exception of last week’s lengthy flashback episode “In the Woods,” nearly every episode has revolved around Louie’s love life. So in that way, it’s not just that last night’s episodes, “Pamela Part 2” and “Pamela Part 3,” are a continuation of the first “Pamela” from two weeks ago; they represent a culmination of the entire season, really, and show some honest-to-God growth in the character. But, this being Louie, this isn’t some idealized happy ending; he gives his character a moment of happiness, though it’s not a worry-free one. … Read More

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10 Potentially Great TV Shows That Never Aired

Michael Lombardo, HBO’s president of programming, recently talked with Vulture about the status of some of the network’s projects. Among them was the scrapped adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. The series, which was originally supposed to be six seasons long, didn’t come to fruition because “we couldn’t craft the script as good as we needed it to be.” It’s definitely disappointing, but this isn’t the first time a highly anticipated show was dead before it even started. Here are ten other potentially great shows that never made it to… Read More

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‘Louie’ Season 4 Episodes 11 & 12 Recap: “In the Woods”

“Louie is pretty much just making movies this season, huh?” asked our esteemed TV editor, Pilot Viruet, and she’s right; after Louie’s third season concluded with the three-part “Late Show” arc, season four has included the six-part “Elevator” episode, the (still in progress) three-part “Pamela” episodes, and last night’s “In the Woods,” a 90-minute episode—66 minutes without commercials—that houses an extended flashback to Louie’s childhood (or, more specifically, the moment when that childhood ended). But “In the Woods” attempts something those previous multi-part episodes and his feature films (Tomorrow Night and Pootie Tang) didn’t: it’s basically a drama. He doesn’t quite pull it off. … Read More

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‘Louie’ Season 4 Episodes 9 & 10 Recap: “Elevator Part 6”/”Pamela Part I”

As a general rule, I try to avoid reading recaps of shows I’m covering during the run of the season; it’s not that I think whatever I’m feeling about the series is the definitive last word or anything, but more a matter of trying to prevent other (often better!) writers from influencing my own responses. Yet I stumbled upon The AV Club’s recap of last week’s Louie episodes after posting my own, and had an odd realization. Writer Todd VanDerWerff noted that some of his critic friends were grousing that the show wasn’t particularly funny this season, and that if he chose to, he could see their point: “If, for some reason, you were watching Louie as a program that would hopefully make you laugh uproariously, then this season would be unlikely to do that. “ What was so striking about this observation was not that it was inaccurate; it’s that I realized I had stopped even considering Louie on those terms. … Read More

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The Long Takes of ‘Louie’

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‘Louie’ Season 4 Episodes 7 & 8 Recap: “Elevator Parts 4 & 5”

This sprawling, multi-part Louie episode that began two weeks ago and will conclude, next week, after part six, is titled “Elevator,” and it’s worth pausing for a moment to ponder what a vague and uninformative moniker that actually is. Yes, in the first episode, the Hungarian neighbor Evanka (Ellen Burstyn) is stuck in one; in “Elevator Part 5,” the second of last night’s episodes, she passes out in the same one, which she then dubs “an evil box of death.” But the elevator is not (or certainly does not yet seem to be) some kind of overarching metaphor or other such literary device; these episodes are not about how life or love or parenthood are, in some hack ways, an elevator. On the other hand, what kind of title could Louis C.K. have possibly affixed to this ambitious yet charmingly rambling tale? Could any title, aside from one of Fiona Apple’s protracted poem titles, truly sum up what Louie is up to here? … Read More

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