FX Moving ‘Louie' Debut to June

Louis C.K. series to get summer ‘Rescue Me' lead-in

FX is moving new comedy Louie to June in order to pair it with the Denis Leary drama Rescue Me, the network announced Feb. 16.

The new show, a semi-autobiographical hour from comedian Louis C.K., was originally scheduled to launch in April. Rescue Me traditionally airs during the summer.

Louie will get a lead-in from Rescue Me, which will air at 10 p.m. The network has yet to announce a premiere date.

"Louie is a brilliantly funny and original series, and we are excited by the critical response to the show," John Landgraf, president and general manager of FX Networks said in a statement. "Even though it is a drama, Rescue Me has always been regarded as one of the funniest shows on television and it will provide an outstanding, compatible lead-in for Louie."

FX has ordered 13 episodes of Louie, which is shot in New York. The show fits organically with the network's male-targeted comedies including It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which saw its ratings hit a peak last season. FX recently bowed animated comedy Archer to positive reviews and respectable ratings (1.82 million total viewers). But since its premiere in January, the show has suffered a somewhat precipitous decline.