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The last season of "Louie" included a brilliant three-episode arc entitled "Late Night" that found the titular hero, played by the show's creator, writer and producer Louis C.K., being brought in to potentially take over for David Letterman as the host of "Late Show." Letterman, he's told, is retiring, and Louie is the cheap option being groomed as an alternative to the more likely big-name pick of Jerry Seinfeld. The process of auditioning challenged Louie, wrung him out, taught him lessons about himself and competition and what he wants from his career. (It also involved very funny appearances from Garry Marshall and David Lynch as two of the execs prepping Louie for the role, as well as Jay Leno, Chris Rock and Seinfeld as themselves.) But in the end, Letterman didn't retire, and Louie found out he was just being used to bargain the host down on his contract renewal. »

- Alison Willmore

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