The decision comes per request from series mastermind Louis C.K., who wants more breathing room in creating the next season.
He anticipates the show will begin shooting in September for a May 2014 launch, which will allow him to space out the scripting, shooting and editing schedules.
“The last three seasons have been this surge of fun and work and stories and it's been great, but I want the show to keep getting better,” C.K. said in a conference call with reporters today. “That's my goal, and I don't want it to be making the donuts, I want it to be something that comes from somewhere important and stays funny. It's a luxury I asked for … season four is my job right now, but I'm going to take a whole lot of time to turn it in.
“I want season four to go somewhere new, even if it's only a slight shift.”
Short version. He'd rather take the time and make something good than rush and crank out lower quality shit. This doesn't happen often enough in entertainment. Understandably so (due to $$$ and Career$ and “making it” and $$$), but Louis is clearly at a point where those traditional rules don't exactly apply.
Louie himself put it quite nicely. Said the way overworked, yet consistently golden comedian, ”You have to live as an artist in order to grow and recharge your batteries, and sometimes there's not enough time to live when you have a really successful show.”