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Recap: 'Louie' Wanders The Night With Parker Posey In Strong Conclusion To A Two-Part Episode

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 27, 2012 10:20 AM
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When you meet someone in a romantic capacity it's easy to build up a picture of what you'd like them to be, and simply convince yourself that that's all they are. It's only really possible to get a real relationship under way when you stop engaging with the fantasy version of a person and start coming to terms with the reality, with their flaws and all.

Recap: Freshly Minted Seven-Time Emmy Nominee 'Louie' Courts Parker Posey In Hilarious, Romantic Episode

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 20, 2012 10:03 AM
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More than ever, Louis C.K is the man of the moment. He's had a hell of a year already, pioneering new ways of selling tickets and his stand-up special direct to the fans, and yesterday saw him make history by winning seven Emmy nominations -- for acting, writing and directing in his FX show "Louie," and for producing, writing, directing and editing his special "Live At The Beacon Theater." No single person has ever had more nominations in a single year (the previous record holder? David Lynch, of all people, for "Twin Peaks"), but he's being typically modest about it, telling the New York Times, "It feels selfish, because I was really rooting for everybody on my show, so I feel a little selfish."

The Playlist Predicts The 2012 Emmy Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 18, 2012 1:16 PM
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Yeah, yeah, yeah, "The Dark Knight Rises", blah blah blah. Friday might be the day that many movie-watchers have been waiting for for four years, but tomorrow sees one of the biggest points of the year for watchers of the small screen; namely, the announcement of the Emmy nominations.

Recap: 'Louie' Has A Brief Encounter In Miami In A Gentle, Slight Episode

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 13, 2012 10:56 AM
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"Louie" does something that really no other comedy show on TV would, or could do -- it's not afraid to not be funny. While loosely fitting into the half-hour sitcom format, Louis C.K.'s long since thrown off those shackles, both formally and in terms of the need to actually make you laugh. After all, he's one of the most critically acclaimed and successful stand-ups of his generation, and as such, doesn't exactly need that simple, immediate validation, and some of the best episodes of the show to date -- last season's sublime "Duckling," for instance -- had barely a chuckle to be found, without feeling lacking. This week's installment, "Miami," wasn't quite in that top tier, but was another demonstration that he's trying things that no one else is coming close to.

Recap: Academy Award-Winner Melissa Leo Steals The Show In An Outstanding Episode Of 'Louie'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 6, 2012 10:00 AM
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Plenty of movie stars, from Alec Baldwin to Dustin Hoffman, have been making their way onto regular TV gigs without the thought of harming their sheen of late, but even bigger names can also crop up for guest spots on shows, which allow them to upend their image, gain a little street credit, pay back some favors, or just have a little fun.

Recap: Third Season Opener Of 'Louie' Sees Louis C.K. Right Back On Form

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 29, 2012 10:05 AM
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Since "Louie" was last on the air, its star and creator, Louis C.K. has been having a moment. He won the AFI Award for best TV series, got two Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Lead Actor in a comedy, and has breaking ground in terms of cutting out the middle man, selling tour tickets and his stand-up special directly to consumers (and in the latter case, giving much of the money to charity). All that, and he's been cast in Woody Allen's next film too.

The Playlist's Picks: Best TV Shows Of The 2011/2012 Season

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 13, 2012 2:52 PM
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While the summer is an excuse for the movie studios to roll out their biggest offerings, television executives are much more afraid of warm weather, leaving the television dial mostly as a wasteland of repeats and reality shows. As such, the TV season essentially gets underway in September, and runs through to May (with cable dramas occasionally moving the goalposts a little either way -- "Breaking Bad" starts in July, "The Newsroom" next week).

Watch: New Teaser For Season 3 Of 'Louie' Pays Tribute To Woody Allen's 'Manhattan'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2012 11:26 AM
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If cable has proven to be a boon to dramatic storytelling, that is no less true for comedies as well. Shows like "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" or the unjustly cancelled "Bored To Death" deliver the kind of irreverance and wit you're just not going to see on network broadcasting. HBO's newly unveiled "Girls" is a further example of funny material that moves away from standard sitcom tropes and as fans of Louis C.K. already know, he's been delivering the goods with "Louie" for two seasons already.

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