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Louis C.K.'s latest project -- available online only -- is Horace and Pete, a dramatic series set in a Brooklyn bar. The cast includes Steve Buscemi, Edie Falco and Alan Alda. Even though C.K. spent his own money to make the show, you haven't seen a single ad for it, which was part of the experiment. He tells us about testing himself and the TV network system as a whole with Horace and Pete. Plus, an all-new Hollywood news banter wrapping up the summer box office and looking ahead to awards season.

Photo: Frank Ockenfels

Producers:
Kaitlin Parker

Hollywood News Banter 5 MIN, 4 SEC

Matt Belloni, executive editor of the Hollywood Reporter joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

  • This season at the box office may be remembered as the summer of "sequel-itis." Sequels and reboots from Alice Through the Looking Glass, to Star Trek Beyond to Ghostbusters to Neighbors 2 all underperformed. Audiences are saying they want original content, but studios are hesitant to take the risk.
  • With the kick-off the the Venice and Telluride film festivals, and Toronto coming up, we’ve officially entered the fall awards season. For people craving some grown-up, art house fare, they may find it in upcoming films like La La Land and Moonlight.
Louis C.K.: Horace and Pete 22 MIN, 28 SEC

Louis C.K. has won Emmys for his FX show Louie as well as a stand-up special. He's also been a pioneer online. He's sold tickets to his shows directly to fans and he released a 2011 stand-up special on his website for $5 a download, prompting other comedians to do the same.

Now he's taken that approach to the next level with Horace and Pete. C.K. wrote, produced, directed and acted in the web series about a troubled family that runs a struggling brooklyn bar.

Horace and Pete are played by C.K. and Steve Buscemi. They run the 100-year-old bar with an older relative -- also named Pete, played by Alan Alda.

Horace and Pete also stars Edie Falco and features a supporting cast that includes Jessica Lange, Steven Wright and SNL's Aidy Bryant.

All 10 episodes were funded entirely by C.K. and Horace and Pete is available only on C.K.'s website -- for now. Even without being on a network, the series broke through with Emmy voters. Editor Gina Sansom is nominated for Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a comedy series and Laurie Metcalf is up for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.

C.K. tells us why he's trying to avoid the internet generally, even though that's where his new show lives, how he made Horace and Pete so quickly and why he felt alright about taking out a line of credit to pay for it.

Guests:
Louis C.K., comedian, writer and producer

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