"Louie" is coming back in early May — and in enough time to qualify the show for the next round of Emmy awards.

FX today announced that "Louie" season 4 would debut on Monday, May 5 at 10 p.m. — 19 months after the show's last episode, since Louis C.K. wanted to take a year off to recharge his batteries and keep one of TV's best, most inventive series from growing stale.

But we knew that it would be back sometime in May. What's new is the following: 1)FX will air two episodes each Monday night at 10 and 10:30, and 2)Though FX ordered 13 episodes, C.K. wound up delivering an extra 14th episode.

And by scheduling it this way, the majority of the season will air during the eligibility window for the 2013-2014 Emmys.

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Alan Sepinwall has been reviewing television since the mid-'90s, first for Tony Soprano's hometown paper, The Star-Ledger, and now for HitFix. His new book, "The Revolution Was Televised," about the last 15 years of TV drama, is for sale at Amazon. He can be reached at sepinwall@hitfix.com