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I stare at the mammoth pile of unread comics on my iPad and I get frustrated. I stare at my TiVo and I wonder if I’ll ever get to watch much of that stuff. I think of my Netflix and Amazon Prime accounts and I consider plucking my eyes out.
How the hell did this entertainment gaper’s block happen? It’s not as if I prioritize work, family and meals over passive goofing-off. I am and always have been committed to the latter, and I’ve got my priorities straight.
Amusingly, that media pile-up just might have gotten worse.
It turns out that one of my favorite new shows of the past year, Louis C.K.’s dramatic series Horace and Pete, has not been cancelled after all. Time Inc. said it was and everyone believed them, particularly after Louis told Howard Stern he was losing money on the series that he produces, »
- Mike Gold
M. Blair Breard, C.K.’s producing partner, spoke about the origins of “Horace and Pete” on Thursday during her appearance at Variety‘s Entertainment and Technology Summit in Manhattan. The 10-episode drama series debuted with no advance promotion on Jan. 30, distributed via C.K.’s website. The first episode was offered via streaming or download for $5, with the price dropping to $2 for subsequent episodes that were released each week on Saturdays.
“The most amazing thing really was we were able to keep it quiet,” Breard said. “Nobody knew about it.”
The surprise factor was notable given the level of talent involved with “Horace and Pete,” a story revolving around two brothers and a sister who inherit a bar in New York. In addition to C. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Louis Ck says his web series, “Horace and Pete,” may not be over after all — and that “Two and a Half Men” star Angus T. Jones could help continue the story. Ck spoke on Marc Maron‘s “Wtf” podcast Thursday about how he had always intended the show as a ten-act play — and Maron said reports of its cancellation were misleading. (You should listen to the entire podcast, because Maron and Ck covered a lot — including how Ck sought Jack Nicholson for the role that went to Alan Alda — and which Ck also offered to Joe Pesci.) News outlets including. »
- Tim Molloy
It’s last call for Horace and Pete.
Louis C.K. formally announced to his email distro list on Saturday that his self-financed, 10-episode web series won’t be ordering a double.
“So. That was it,” the multi-hyphenate entertainer wrote. “I didn’t want to say [before] that it was the last episode. Because I didn’t want you to know, as you watched the episode, that it would be the last one. But yeah, obviously, that was it.”
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It’s only fitting that “Horace and Pete” has ended just as quietly as it began.
Louis C.K., the creator, writer, director, producer and star of the surprise web series, annouced on Saturday morning in a newsletter to fans that the show’s tenth episode, released on April 2, was also its final.
“That was it. I didn’t want to say in the last email that it was the last episode because I didn’t want you to know, as you watched the episode, that it would be the last one. But yeah, obviously, that was it,” he wrote.
The online series, which co-starred Steve Buscemi as Pete to C.K.’s Horace — brothers and bar owners — launched on Jan. 30 exclusively on C.K.’s website, LouisCK.net. Alan Alda, Edie Falco and Jessica Lange also appeared in the drama. The first episode was available for $5, the second for $2 and the rest for $3 each. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Comedian Louis C.K. recently pulled a Rihanna and Kanye West with his new show “Horace And Pete”: It arrived finished, out of nowhere, and as a total surprise to all his fans. But he didn’t make the show through a network, paid for it out of his own pocket, and then just quietly slapped it on his website without much promotion (it was really just up to fans and journalists to notice, and of course they did). A recent guest on "The Howard Stern Show," the comedian didn’t fully explain why, but in the process of describing the evolution of “Horace And Pete,” C.K. explains how he essentially blew up his own creative life as a means to create something new. In the process, he canceled his next movie and decided to drop his Emmy-winning FX show “Louie.” At least for now. Read More: Louis C.K. »
- Edward Davis
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He’s too proud to pass the hat or stand on a street corner, but Louis Ck needs your financial help, thanks to “Horace and Pete.” The dramedy web series written, directed and created by the comedian stars Ck (a.k.a. Louis Szekely) and Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire”) as the co-owners of a downmarket Brooklyn bar that serves no chi-chi mixed drinks, just Budweiser on tap. The show, which touches on health, politics and family matters, also stars Alan Alda, Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie”), Steven Wright and Jessica Lange (“American Horror Story”). To call the show well-reviewed would almost »
- Michael E. Ross
(This column starts off talking about Horace and Pete in relatively general terms, for the benefit of the people who still haven't watched but are curious about sampling it. I'll get to spoilers for the finale midway through, with another warning before that.) Horace and Pete, Louis C.K.'s drama about a Brooklyn bar that's been run by the same family for 100 years, came to an end over the weekend, with even less fanfare than it had on arrival. News of the first episode simply appeared in the inboxes of people on the LouisCK.net email list that just said "Go here to watch it. We hope you like it." Saturday morning, the email read, "I have nothing clever to say. But I would like you very much to know that episode 10 of Horace and Pete is ready right here." That this was going to be the final episode »
- Alan Sepinwall
Thoughts on this week's Horace and Pete coming up just as soon as I tell you my dad walked on the moon... Wow. Like the opening of Laurie Metcalf's monologue in episode 3, Pete's climactic hallucination in this week's installment was a reminder of the power of this TV/theater hybrid style Louis C.K. is using for Horace and Pete. There's a cinematic way to present the same material — possibly with a different lens and other techniques to distinguish the hallucination from a real scene at the bar, and/or with occasional cutaways to where Pete really is during all of this — that could have been pretty effective in its own right. But by limiting himself to what could be presented on a live stage, C.K. not only left the uncomfortable question of Pete's real whereabouts up to our imaginations, and also captured just how real these hallucinations must seem to him. »
- Alan Sepinwall
'The Aviator' movie with Leonardo DiCaprio as bizarre billionaire Howard Hughes: Bloated biopic. 'The Aviator' movie review: What's not good for the Spruce Goose… Imagine Citizen Kane directed by the Steven Spielberg of The Color Purple, Schindler's List, Amistad, and Saving Private Ryan. The final result would look something like a Barry Levinson film – for instance, the superficial and phony Bugsy. Or, an even more appropriate example, the superficial, phony, and bloated The Aviator. Except, of course, that Levinson is not the man responsible for the 2004 mega-production starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the eccentric, billionaire ladies' man Howard Hughes. Strangely enough, that man is Martin Scorsese, the director of hard-hitting films such as Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, and Gangs of New York. Scorsese, a fan of Old Hollywood, apparently wanted to have some fun with the reported $110 million budget (approx. $138 million in 2016) made available to him. The director no doubt had a ball while making The Aviator, »
- Andre Soares
Some thoughts on last night's Broad City episode guest-starring Hillary Clinton coming up just as soon as I look like a Bachelor contestant who quits because she's too good for the show... Clinton's cameo was the headline for "2016," if not for this new Broad City season as a whole. Unsurprisingly, though, her appearance (which Comedy Central put online in its entirety even before "2016" aired) was far from the episode's high point. With a few exceptions like John McCain or Al Franken (who had a head start), politicians who do comedy at best qualify as good sports, and that's more or less how Broad City used Clinton: a glorified prop for Ilana and Abbi to have a brief but amusing freak-out over. (My favorite part, and not just because it alluded to perhaps the series' best episode, was when Abbi, struggling for things to say about herself to the former First Lady, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Even though Louis C.K. formally announced an extended hiatus from his beloved and critically acclaimed FX series, “Louie,” we all know that the man isn’t the type to lay idle. In fact, just last month, the comedian launched a brand new series available only on his website, titled "Horace and Pete." For $5 for the premiere episode, fans were treated to an incredible ensemble cast led by C.K. himself and joined by the likes of Steve Buscemi, Alan Alda, Edie Falco, Aidy Bryant, Rebecca Hall and Jessica Lange. But what if the show was a sitcom instead? Read More: Review: With 'Horace and Pete,' Did Louis C.K. Con Us Into Paying For a Two-Act Play? Set in Brooklyn, New York, “Horace and Pete” stars C.K. and Buscemi as brothers who operate their family bar. Described by C.K. as "basically the bar from ‘Cheers,’ but in real life, »
- Nix Santos
How will "Horace and Pete" be received at the Emmys? The series came out of nowhere, written and directed by Emmy-darling Louis C.K. but released independently on his own website: louisck.net. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions Outside of online juggernauts like Netflix and Amazon, a web series would normally struggle to get on the TV academy's radar, but this show's pedigree might make it an exception. In addition to six-time Emmy-winner C.K. and six-time nominee Steve Buscemi in the title roles, the series is packed with Emmy favorites, including Edie Falco, Alan Alda and Jessica Lange, who have 13 Emmys between them. What's more, C.K.'s FX series "Louie" isn't producing new episodes this season, which frees up a few slots in the Emmys' comedy categories, and fans of his in the academy might go out of their way to seek out this new se. »
Horace and Pete centers around a group of day drinkers at a bar that, C.K. joked, is, "like what the bar that Cheers was based on was probably really like, between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m." Though the show boasts a top-notch cast that features C.K. alongside Steve Buscemi, Edie Falco, Alan Alda and Jessica Lange, the »
Some thoughts on the latest episode of Horace and Pete coming up just as soon as we let the wine breathe... So what differentiates Horace and Pete's second act from its first? Alan Alda and Jessica Lange are still listed in the cast credits, after all (though Marsha could certainly return), and previous installments had already made clear that, as with Louie, an episode of this show can be about anything, and feel completely different from any of the ones before it. But some time has passed since Uncle Pete's funeral. Sylvia's hair is gone from cancer treatments, and she appears to be living with Horace — and, thus, reluctantly going along with his plan for the three of them to run the bar. And Pete, who's at the center of everything, is feeling healthy enough to give online dating a try, and is surprised — and, in a nice twist, »
- Alan Sepinwall
A few thoughts on the latest Horace and Pete coming up just as soon as I see a baby commit suicide... Along with this latest episode came one of the longer emails so far from Louis C.K., which managed to be very entertaining despite revealing almost nothing about the series' future. He mentions that he has a tour coming up soon, which, since he's making each episode days before release, would suggest a hiatus. And given that episode 5 ends with a title card announcing the end of "Act 1" of the series, maybe we've already arrived at the break. If so, we've arrived there with one huge loss to the series in Uncle Pete and another potentially big one in Marsha. Several of you speculated that the lingering shot of the door at the end of last week's episode signaled that this would be the last we saw of Uncle Pete, »
- Alan Sepinwall
A few thoughts on the latest Horace and Pete coming up just as soon as my flight crew's late... The fourth Horace and Pete was by far the shortest to date, clocking in at a shade over 30 minutes. While I can imagine that inspiring some new complaints about the price point — I'll pay three bucks for an hour of entertainment, but not a half-hour! — I appreciate that Louis C.K. felt he only needed this amount of time to tell this week's collection of vignettes about love, sex, and loneliness. There's some elasticity of length to Louie, where he can squeeze two or three short stories into the space of one episode, or stretch one story over six episodes, or just let a single episode run slightly longer than usual. But when he's just releasing episodes digitally, there's no standard length at all to worry about. Who knows? Maybe in a week or two, »
- Alan Sepinwall
“The West Wing” clearly leaned left in its politics. Yet the most salient feature of Aaron Sorkin’s early 21st-century drama was aspirational, an element thrown into stark relief by the NBC series’ approach to presidential debates and selecting Supreme Court Justices, two parts of the political process currently very much in the news.
Perhaps most notably, given the tumult unleashed by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, was the show’s vision for how to resolve a logjam caused by the rift between a liberal president and an intransigent Congress. Far from settling for a mediocre candidate, a 2004 episode, titled “The Supremes,” hatched a grand compromise, allowing a liberal lion (played by Glenn Close) to become Chief Justice and a Scalia-like conservative to join the court.
Obviously, that would never happen, any more than the way “The West Wing” dealt with presidential debates, amid a campaign subplot that was »
- Brian Lowry
A few thoughts on the latest episode of Horace and Pete coming up just as soon as I close my legs, like a lady... You can look at the series' third episode in one of two ways: as format-busting (if a series this new and unconventional can be said to have a format already) showcase for guest star Laurie Metcalf, or as a really elaborate, devastating set-up for one nasty joke at the end delivered by Uncle Pete. Either way, it was amazing. The episode opens with a nine minute-plus close-up of Metcalf as she tells a strange, intensely-detailed erotic story about an encounter she had with her 84-year-old father-in-law. We don't know who she is at this point, nor who she's talking to. (Eventually, her audience is revealed to be Horace; she's his ex-wife Sarah.) All we have is Metcalf's remarkably expressive face as she goes through the ins and outs of this unexpected, »
- Alan Sepinwall
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