The wait for new TV can be long, but it’s usually worth it. How else do you explain the feelings of nostalgia and appreciation that spring up while watching this teaser for the third season of Louie? With its black-and-white photography, quick cuts of New York scenery and jazzy score, it’s a fairly overt homage to the opening scene of Woody Allen’s Manhattan. Not that aping Allen is a bad way to show one’s love for the Big Apple, especially considering the similarly fatalistic vein of humor that Louis C.K. has tapped into. There are other Allen movies that he could lift from, though, and reappropriate in his own way.
Midnight in Paris: Louie gets in a subway car that drops him off at a comedy club in the 1970s, where he gets to hang out with greats like Richard Pryor and George Carlin over a night of nose candy and public bullishness.
Annie Hall: Louie begins dating and mentoring a young female comedian who eventually leaves him to pursue her dreams, having filtered enough of his cynicism to see the world on her own terms.
Whatever Works: Louie walks around the city, complaining about things. (Already in effect, I guess.)
Vicky Cristina Barcelona: Louie has a threesome with two women he meets at a Spanish restaurant.
There are so many ways to go with this! (And only some of them are terrible; I mean, you try to find a point to You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger.) You can watch the FX season premiere of Louie on June 28.