Louis CK

Louis C.K. gained a cult following thanks in part to his FX black comedy show Louie. Ever since Season 5 left the air in 2015, fans have been awaiting news about Season 6. We finally have some news about the show’s future but it doesn’t look good.

Here’s what C.K. said Wednesday on the 2017 TCA summer press tour, according to the A.V. Club’s Erik Adams:

“I don’t think the version of Louie that was on FX, I don’t think I’ll do that exact version again. Because I haven’t been that guy for a while—the same black T-shirt and the two kids. They’re older now, and I’m an older dad. I don’t think about it much.”

FX CEO John Landgraf didn’t sound any more optimistic about the show’s return.

In his last standup tour, C.K. changed his look from t-shirt-and-jeans to full suit. During a Conan appearance last year, he explained why:

“Well I dressed like a 10-year-old since I was 10, until I was 48. So that’s how long it took me to catch up to, ‘What am I doing?’ There’s probably a lot of other things I should have started changing a long time ago. I liked it for a long time, and then all at once I hated it. I hated the 20 years of looking like a shithead all the time.”

You can’t blame C.K. for changing. Louie began in 2010, when he was already famous but nowhere near as successful as he’s become today as the King of Comedy. We saw Aziz Ansari take a similar approach to questions about a third season of Master Of None, saying he feels he said all he can about “a young guy being single in New York” and that he needs new life experiences before continuing the show.

Louie may never return — at least in its original format and style — but C.K. still has plenty else on his slate. He co-created two more FX series: Better Things, whose second season premieres next month, and Baskets, which got renewed in March for a third season. C.K. will star alongside comedian Albert Brooks in the animated comedy series The Cops, which will premiere on TBS in 2018. Last week, he also returned to the stand-up scene for the first time since April with an impromptu set in Spanish Harlem, and his next Netflix special has an expected 2018 release.

About Jesse Kramer

Jesse is a writer and editor for The Comeback. He has also worked for SI.com and runs The Catch and Shoot, a college basketball website based in Chicago. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Follow Jesse on Twitter @Jesse_Kramer.