Louis CK gets OK for HBO sitcom

TV News | May 9th, 2005

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HBO has greenlighted its first multicamera comedy series, a family sitcom starring comedian Louis C.K. Separately, the network has ordered “Suckers,” a one-hour dramedy pilot from writer-producer William Schmidt. HBO has picked up 12 episodes of the Louis C.K. project, also known as “American Dream,” bringing the total order to 13 half-hours, including the pilot. The pilot for the show, which was greenlighted in January and filmed in front of a live audience, marked HBO’s first pilot order to a multicamera comedy. Written by Emmy-winning writer-producer Louis C.K., the HBO Independent Prods. project, referred to by some as “Everybody Loves Raymond” with cursing, is described as a twist on the traditional family sitcom genre — a realistic look at the life of a middle-class couple raising their daughter that features mature subjects. (Nellie Andreeva)