When it comes to FX's hit comedy series Louie, creator and star Louis C.K. likes to take his time in getting each episode just right, which means prolonged wait times for each new season. The show has been on hiatus for a while, and isn't coming back any time soon. But in the interim, the comedian has surprised everyone by debuting a new web series called Horace and Pete.
The dramatic comedy appeared online this Saturday morning, and was certainly unexpected, as no mention of the show was ever made prior to its debut. Louis C.K. somehow managed to keep the show a secret. No easy feat since it also stars legendary sitcom actor Alan Alda and cult icon Steve Buscemi. The show is described as 'blackly' comedic and is being compared to the legendary sitcom Cheers.
Clocking in at 67 minutes, the first episode revolves around an Irish bar called Horace and Pete's, which was established in 1916. The story follows the people who work at and frequent Horace and Pete's establishment. Just like his FX series, Louis C.K. wrote, directed and stars in the lead. He plays Horace, who started running the bar a after his father's death.
Alan Alda plays a bartender named Pete. And that's the same name of Steve Buscemi's character. Others appearing on the show include Edie Falco, Rebecca Hall, Jessica Lange, Kurt Metzger, Steven Wright. Horace and Pete utilizes the same bare bones aesthetic that Louis C.K. has become known for in his other projects. Announcing that the show was online, the comedian simply sent out an email that read as follows.
"Go here to watch it. We hope you like it."
Like the other stand-up comedy specials and videos Louis C.K. has on his site, it currently costs $5 to watch the first episode of Horace and Pete. If you are so inclined, you can check it out Here. No other information about the show has been provided on the official site, home to the series. As of now, it looks like there will be three more additional episodes arriving at an unspecified date.
It isn't known how Louis C.K. managed to keep the show and its cast a secret, but this first episode was shot very recently, as it contains references to Donald Trump's recent behavior and other current events. A few weeks ago, FX CEO John Landgraf claimed that he didn't know whether or not Louie would ever return from hiatus. If it doesn't, this appears to be the comedian's new project. Check it out and let us know what you think.