Pamela Adlon can hold her own any day. But she really shines opposite Louis C.K. The latest news about the Louis C.K. collaborator is that she will be helming her own show in FX. It will be produced by Louis C.K., and will star Adlon in a lead role very similar to Louie’s own role on his show.
The logline for the new Adlon series, called Better Things, reads like this:
“What’s it like to be a working woman raising three daughters on her own? Don’t ask. Ok. Since you asked. Things get gnarly. And bloody. And funny. Well to you, anyway. In Better Things, Adlon plays Sam, a working actor with no filter trying to earn a living, navigate her daughters’ lives, have fun with a friend or two, and also – just maybe – squeeze in some private time once in a while. Her life is funny to watch, but you wouldn’t want to live it (except sometimes).”
In shorter verbiage, some are calling this a “female-fronted Louie.”
"Better Things, the Pamela Adlon comedy pitched as a female-fronted Louie and written by Adlon and Louis CK" SAY NO MORE. LOVE IT ALREADY.
— Nathan Hall (@nthnhll) August 7, 2015
A closer look under the hood of Pamela Adlon’s new show reveals something about the empire that Louis C.K. has been quietly building for years. Adlon herself, of course, is well known from Louie as Louie’s on-again-off-again lover, confidante, and foil.
But it is the rest of the list of credits for Better Things that Louis C.K. can be proud of. Adlon herself is an executive producer alongside Louis C.K. But designer Blair Breard, and manager Dave Becky are also on board.
Longtime fans of Louis C.K. will recognize those names as having been with him since the early days. While his show and comedy specials may have the air of being big-time, Louis is an incredibly loyal businessman and creator who keeps his projects very close. He does most of his own editing, and has used the same production team for many years, including Breard and Becky. He even uses the same title font for almost everything he works on.
Longtime fans will also remember that Pamela Adlon has been around with Louis long before the popular Louie series. She was there by his side for Lucky Louie, a show that will go down in history alongside Firefly as being inexplicably canceled by people who did not understand the concept of the show.
“Pamela is one of the sharpest and most endearing actresses working in television today and we are thrilled she has joined forces with Louis to create a series that is raw, personal and incredibly funny,” FX Networks/Productions president of original programming Eric Schrier said.
I'm pretty happy that @pamelaadlon is getting her own FXX show. She is a great actress and hilarious to boot.
— Marc (@HumanityPlague) August 7, 2015