What’s On Tonight: Louie brings existential angst (and comedy!) back to our screens

Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Thursday, April 9. All times are Eastern.

Top pick

Louie (FX, 10:30 p.m.): Louie wrapped up its fourth season last June, which means it’s been almost a year since we’ve had to confront the existential angst of modern life. Thankfully, the FX show is back to remind us of the comic bleakness of our existence with a season premiere that centers on a potluck dinner. Given that star Louis C.K. has described season five as more “laugh-centric,” Erik Adams is hoping the entire meal doesn’t revolve around the impending sense of doom all humans face as they age. Maybe just save that conversation for dessert.

Also noted

The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 8 p.m.): In “The Fortification Implementation,” Sheldon and Amy build a massive blanket fort, Howard discovers he has a half-brother …

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