Big FX News: Charlie Kaufman, Louis CK and Zach Galifianakis Pilots Give Hope for Post-'Justified' Future
Daringly giving some talented young writers from The Dana Carvey Show a shot, FX has ordered some Charlie Kaufman and Louis CK pilots set to also involve Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, and John Hawkes. Also, the network has confirmed that Justified is officially over after next season. Sorry.
Kaufman's pilot, How & Why, was actually ordered last year but is only now taking shape. Hawkes is reportedly attached to star as Goodman Hesselman, the host of the show's titular informative talk program; when he gets replaced by a more passionate and younger host, he moves to a smaller town to start a similar show and ends up under the management of Mendelson, a young studio boss played by Cera. On the Michael Cera Sympathetic-to-Punchable Index, sounds like this one is going to skew quite far right.
Louis CK's double-down on his Louie network comes compliments of Galifianakis, who created and will star in the still-untitled pilot. Both comics are reportedly writing and will executive produce, but there aren't any further details as of yet. Still pretty promising though, yeah?
Finally, confirming earlier reports, FX Networks CEO John Landgraf today revealed that the season after this one will be the last for Justified. "We talked about it a year ago; [star Timothy Olyphant and creator Graham Yost] felt that the arc of the show and what they had to say would be best served by six seasons insetad of seven," he reportedly said. Following Olyphant's path from Deadwood to here, hopefully this just means that now he's moving on to a show where he's a handsome cowboy in a dystopian future.