Louis C.K. Pilot Finds CBS Home
Apparently, it's a good time to be Louis C.K.
Between two successful seasons for his FX series "Louie" and just being quite possibly stand-up comedy's annointed next big thing, the former "Saturday Night Live" writer has found his stride via basic cable. Now, it looks like he'll next set his sights and conquer the major networks.
C.K. and "Seinfeld" creative veteran Spike Feresten recently sold CBS a half-hour comedy pilot, Entertainment Weekly reports. That's obviously no guarantee that the show will be picked up, but with C.K.'s FX series having just received a third-season renewal this past August, it could mean C.K. pulling a double shift as star of one show and co-executive producer of the other alongside Feresten, Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein.
Allegedly conceived originally by C.K. and Feresten around 13 years ago, C.K. and Co. aren't saying much more about the show than that it will feature an ensemble cast portraying "young people trying to achieve their creative dreams in these tough financial times."
Pardon the pun, but it would be a "funny" thread connecting the two shows, but one that makes sense given C.K.'s and Feresten's sensibilities and their finished product. Feresten is a veteran of a legendary NBC sitcom built on a foundation of irreverence and staged exerpts from co-creator Jerry Seinfeld's observational stand-up routine. It's just that formula of stand-up bumpers and extended vignettes based on the creator and star's real life that's so far garnered "Louie" Primetime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (C.K., of course) and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.
What makes it just that much more intriguing is that it sounds like the new pilot would take the two outside that irreverent comfort zone - and it takes a special talent to find comfort in that sort of chaotic, abstract format - by having the two take on what sounds like "Friends" for the Occupy Movement set.