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FX Orders TREK-ish Comedy Pilot From The RENO 911 Crew -- And Season Two Of LOUIE!!

I am – Hercules!! FX has ordered a untitled, semi-improvised pilot about space explorers from “Reno 911” masterminds Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant. "The show will follow the heart-pounding action as our crew visits hostile planets, meets alien life-forms, and tries to have sex with each other in their tiny, metal bunk beds," according to an FX press release. The channel also announced that it has ordered a 13-episode second season of its excellent new Louis CK half-hour “Louie.” Find all of The Hollywood Reporter’s story on the matter here.
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  • Aug. 3, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Red Dwarf meets Reno 911?

    by BadMrWonka

    yeah, I'll be watching that.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Oh, and great news about Louie

    by BadMrWonka

    it's a really odd, cheap little show, but it makes me laugh pretty consistently. the latest episode with him flying to the south for a show is WEIRD. much more like a weird short film than an episode of a TV show...but it's always worth watching.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 3:48 p.m. CST

    More like Hyperdrive meets Reno.

    by V'Shael

    It won't be THAT funny.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Louie isn't funny

    by gruntybear

    It's just sad. Crushingly, horrifically sad.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST

    FX must want a space show...

    by DanielKurland

    YEARS back, they asked the Always Sunny guy to come up with a suspiciously similar pilot, which eventually went to FOX, which eventually went nowhere; I was glad, as them splitting their focus probably isn't the best idea, but I support this entirely. If nothing else, another outlet for Michael Ian Black and Ken Marino. And say what you will about LOUIE, but the segment last week on Heckling was so, so spot on

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Pillars of the Earth

    by skywise404

    Why hasn't there been any news/reviews on this awesome mini series...or am i just over looking it?

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 4:16 p.m. CST

    I agree with all of Louie's Philosophy.

    by cookylamoo

    But he's still depressing the hell out of me. Kind of like George Carlin when he entered his bitter old age.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Louie isn't funny?

    by GrandMuffTarkin

    That "So Old" segment wasn't funny? "Your father is dead" wasn't funny? "PIG! PIIIIIG!" wasn't funny? "Travel Day" wasn't funny? You must not think Ricky Gervais or Larry David are funny either.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Herc changed the video to Louie on the plane!

    by BadMrWonka

    "Yay! I'm useful!" -Zoidberg

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Please not another Hyperdrive..

    by Majereuk

    I tried to like it, I really did. I even liked a few of the ideas. But it was so determined to base every episode on the "Hey, aren't all these people really fat/ugly/stupid/lazy?" schtick that I just got fed up. The great thing about Red Dwarf was the way that for all their enormous flaws, there was something good or likeable about the lot of them. Except maybe Rimmer.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 4:59 p.m. CST

    I don't know if Cat had any real virtues.

    by cookylamoo

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 5:11 p.m. CST


    by frg10

    THANK YOU!!!

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Robot Chicken and Family Guy prove over and over

    by RPLocke

    again that Trek spoofs aren't funny

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Louie isn't funny

    by fiester

    Sorry. He's not. It's painful to watch. I know this comedian attracts a certain cult following, but it's a very specific and acquired taste (much like boiled sheep testicles, I'd imagine, and just as chewy).

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 5:37 p.m. CST

    So I guess this is instead of the

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    "Boldly Going Nowhere" pilot which was reworked by Larry Charles and still not picked up?

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Louie is SO Funny

    by Crow3711

    I laugh my fucking balls off every week. The heckler bit last week had me in stitches. On par with Always Sunny in terms of hilarity.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Louie = great stand up, but uneven otherwise.

    by JediRob

    I am an enormous Louis CK fan, but the show has been very meh. The parts where it's his stand up are excellent of course, and I could do with a 30 minute show each week of just that and be extremely happy. But the "narrative" aspects...I don't know, just feel off.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Louie isn't funny

    by gotilk

    if you live for re-runs of Full House and The Price is Right. But gay.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7:02 p.m. CST


    by gotilk

    That's a fair criticism. I think it'll settle into its style eventually. I like that it feels off and a little different than everything else. And I like the way it's shot.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7:11 p.m. CST


    by OldDickLemon

    If you can't laugh at Louie, you're like incapable of that response all together. It derives comedy from awkwardness in ways not seen since the UK Office.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Red Dwarf, Galaxy Quest, old SNL skits.

    by AnnoyYou

    This has been done to death. Oh, I forgot - the people greenlighting these things have the memories of gnats (or were all born after 1980).

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7:47 p.m. CST

    RENO 911 was consistently funny...

    by daggor

    Until the last season, when they dumped Clemmy and Garcia and brought on two losers. (Yeah, they dumped 3 - Kimble was lame from day 1) Are both Lenon and Garant going to be in the cast? Details!

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Louie has been hit or miss . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . There have been parts that had me laughing my ass off and some parts that are just dull. I swear everybody either thinks something is pure genius or the worst thing ever made, never anything in between. All hail agnostics!!!

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 8:43 p.m. CST

    The Future, Too Late...

    by DangerMan

    QUARK, GALAXY QUEST, GALAXY BEAT, RED DWARF, etc... Been there, done that and RENO 911! was POLICE ACADEMY without Hightower.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 8:45 p.m. CST


    by SmokingRobot

    Science fiction comedy...pretty limited.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Louie kissing that cop?

    by Billyeveryteen

    I haven't laughed so hard since he fucked that fat chick.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Louie has some great moments

    by MurderMostFowl

    I love the show simply because there needs to be more freedom in comedy. I hate formula shows, and Louie is simply observational humor at its best. I absolutely believe that his like is equally as fucked up as this, and tat's really how people treated him at his pre fame standup gigs.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:20 p.m. CST

    hey its on ... right now. :)

    by MurderMostFowl

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:27 p.m. CST


    by RedHorseVector

    keep the ck coming, bitches. and the cast of the state in a star trek parody? fuck yesssssss. when did fx become a great a channel again?

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 1:55 a.m. CST

    Louie is Hit and Miss... but worth it for awhile

    by ToMonicker

    Till it gets great or bellies up. <p> SciFi comedy? <p> Skeptical but optimistic. Give it a go. The worste that could happen is that it fails.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 4:12 a.m. CST

    Louis Is Genius

    by RobFromBackEast

    That show will age like a fucking classic. Delighted it's gotten another season

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Great news about 'Louie'...

    by KillDozer

    that show really is great. <p> As for space comedy, what happened to the show by the 'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia' guys? Wasn't that supposed to be on FX?

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Wow. Louie gets a million viewers at 11?

    by The McPoyle Clan

    That's about the same, if not more than Damages got at 10. Easy renewal there.<br><br>When I think space comedy, I'm reminded of the Space episode of Newsradio.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Louie is a younger, more cynical version of Curb

    by WickedJester

    That's right I said it. MORE cynical.<br><br>And it's terrific.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST

    There was a space episode of News Radio?

    by gotilk

    wow.. gotta seek that out.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Gave Louie a chance, NOT my cup of tea. Am excited about

    by Coughlins Laws

    Lennon and Garant getting back on TV so quickly, though. Reno 911 is actually better than you would expect it to be and holds up pretty well to repeat viewings. Just watch any clip of Junior trying to drink coffee or eat sushi while driving the cruiser. Or in the movie where he wakes up from a dream and Dangle tells him, "You know you're driving, right?"

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 11:31 a.m. CST

    "Its The Godfather, but Jewish"..Louie's agent f'n funny

    by skimn

    FX seems to flourish with comedies that have a comedic vision from the cast themselves. Always Sunny and Louie the prime examples. Of course that can backfire...Testies?? Terriers looks like...I haven't a fuckin clue. The League still hasn't caught on with me, although the cast is game, though Archer did eventually win me over. Wonder what they'll do to plug the hole left by Damages?

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Reno 911 was mandatory viewing until the last

    by skimn

    couple of years. Have to admit, Lt. Dangle will go down (pun maybe not intended) as an iconic TV character. He is a Halloween costume after all...<p>But a space spoof? Quark tried and failed 40 years ago.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Louie defenders

    by blackhole4140

    I LOVE the show, but defenders have to understand it's not for everybody. Frankly, I think Louie CK is wasting his talent on a weekly sitcom; he should be making indie films. Some of these episodes are heartbreaking more than funny.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 6:08 p.m. CST


    by Pixelsmack

    That plane segment puts me in tears every time.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 6:59 a.m. CST

    Reno 911 goes Pigsssssssssssssss In Spaceeeee

    by TheJudger

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Louie is great

    by TV's Frank

    It's very cathartic to have someone articulate in such a hilarious way all the negativity and hopelessness that I normally have to suppress in order to deal with life. It's great to take 30 minutes to basically just vent vicariously through Louie. That guy deserves some kind of award. I think the format of this show also works better than the sitcom-style of Lucky Louie. Incorporating the stand up really helps. And I absolutely love the opening sequence with "Brother Louie" as the theme song. Awesome. Looking forward to season 2.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST

    They definitely need a second season of LOUIE...

    by WarrenSmooth

    The first season didn't have anything funny in it.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Done right, this could be verry fun!

    by Nautilus_nrm1

    Galaxy Quest: The Next Generation?

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Who remebers

    by PoppaRotzi

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 12:37 a.m. CST

    Who Remembers "QUARK"??

    by PoppaRotzi

    ...with Richard Benjamin back in the early '80s? This all sounds very familiar....

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 9:56 a.m. CST

    I actually like the narrative parts of Louie

    by hst666

    better than the stand up bits for the most part. - the bus trip, the girl who was hot for old guys, the play date, the horrible date, the trip to the south - each derived humor from uncomfortable or odd situations.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Reno 911 >> Police Academy

    by hst666

    Very funny show. So funny that I wonder why Lennon and Garrant can't write a funny script to save their lives.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 11 a.m. CST

    On a message board here at work

    by skimn

    someone wrote down this quote: "Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious" - Peter Ustinov<p>How appropriate...

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST

    I do Poppa

    by freerangecelt

    but I think it was earlier than that, space garbage man, right?

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 2:06 p.m. CST

    is this first season of louie over ?

    by animas

    what was that like 4 episodes? shit just started man.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Yes! And... yes!

    by JT Kirk

    Granted, Reno 911 didn't know it had run out of gas for 3 seasons, but it's still better than nothing in a rather tepid TV wasteland such as this. And more Louie is more awesome! The episode with his mom was fantastic, the actress really built a nasty character that felt like a person, a self-righteous asshole of a person that would create a person like Louis CK. FX is really taking off lately.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Pillars of the Earth

    by ZofX

    Echoing Skywise404's comment. I realize that you can't review everything, but I'm surprised that AICN isn't mentioning this great series. At all. What gives?