FX network says it's delaying the return of its hit comedy "Louie" until spring 2014.
The network said Tuesday it had granted the request by the series' Emmy-winning star, Louis C.K., for what he called "a little breathing room." Along with performing in the show, he serves as producer, writer and sometimes editor, and also created it.
"Louie" recently concluded its third season. Until the extended hiatus was announced, its return for a fourth season was expected next summer.
During a teleconference, Louis C.K. said he gets "irritated" when he's not working but that he sought a break from the show "to feel hungry" again.
The show was nominated for six Emmys this year and took home the statuette for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series at the Sept. 23 ceremony.
"The last three seasons have been this surge of fun and work and stories, and it's been great to share all this stuff, and I want to keep going," he said, according to reports in The New York Times. "I want the show to keep getting better. That's my goal, and I don't want it to be making the doughnuts. I want it to keep being something that comes from somewhere fun and important, and I want it to stay funny."
But he won't be idle in the meantime. This fall, he's continuing a live standup tour.