FX is pushing back the debut of its new Louie C.K. comedy to June, opting to pair the series with existing hit "Rescue Me."
"Louie" has been set to bow on April Fool’s Day. The network even began seeding the internet with promos for the April 1 premiere date.
But today came word the show will instead be held for two months so that it could air in conjunction with "Rescue Me." No word yet on an exact date in June for either show.
“Louie is a brilliantly funny and original series, and we are excited by the critical response to the show,” said FX president and GM John Landgraf. “Even though it is a drama, ‘Rescue Me’ has always been regarded as one of the funniest shows on television and it will provide an outstanding, compatible lead-in for ‘Louie.’ We successfully used ‘Rescue Me’ as a lead-in for the majority of the first season of ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.’ We believe in Louie and want to provide it with the best possible platform for success.”
FX has recently aired comedies Thursdays at 10 p.m., with both "The League" and "Archer" airing on the night. "Louie" was set to air at 10 p.m. Thursdays as well, with no original series as a lead-in.
We’re fine with this scheduling move… but only if it means FX gives "Archer" a second season.