EXCLUSIVE: ‘Louie’ season four will be eligible at 2014 Emmys!

That sound you hear is the passionate “Louie” fanbase breathing a sigh of relief, as Gold Derby has learned exclusively that next year’s fourth season of the FX comedy (now moving to FXX) will be eligible at the 2014 Emmys.

When the network announced last year that creator/producer/star Louis C.K. needed some extra time between the third and fourth seasons of the cult hit, fans were immediately worried that it would have to sit out the 2014 Emmys. But, according to an FX insider, there are plans in place to make sure that doesn’t happen.

When the fourth season of “Louie” premieres in May 2014 on the brand new FXX network, the show will double-up on half-hour episodes. That means two episodes will air every week instead of one, ensuring that six total will air in May prior to the Emmy cut-off date of May 31, 2014.

And thanks to the hanging episode rule, all entries that air during the first part of June will also be able to compete at the 2014 Emmys, meaning “Louie” will have well more than the minimum six episodes required to meet Emmy eligibility for a continuing series.

That’s wonderful news for “Louie” fans who were questioning whether a year off the Emmy radar would mean that all of the show’s recent momentum would be lost. Of course, that on-again, off-again eligibility period never seemed to hurt HBO’s seven-time Comedy Series nominee “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” but FXX doesn’t want to risk its chances.

This year, “Louie” made history by becoming the first basic cable series to be nominated for Best Comedy Series. In addition, C.K. is up for Comedy Actor, Comedy Writing and Comedy Directing, while Melissa Leo reaped a bid for Comedy Guest Actress.

According to Gold Derby polling, “Louie” is in second place to take the top comedy prize (behind “Modern Family“), while C.K. is the odds-on favorite to earn his first acting Emmy.

Do you think “Louie” can win Best Comedy Series at this year’s kudos? Vote below using our easy drag and drop menu. The 65th Primetime Emmys air on CBS Sept. 22, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

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