FX is cutting Billy Crystal’s TV comeback short. The network has pulled the plug on The Comedians, their half-hour comedy series starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad, after airing one thirteen episode season, TVWise has confirmed.
The Comedians follows Billy (Crystal). a superstar veteran comedian who is reluctantly paired with Josh (Gad), an edgier up-and-coming star, in an unfiltered, behind-the-scenes look at a late night sketch comedy show where egos and generations collide.
The FX Productions and Fox 21 Television Studios produced series – which was Crystal’s first regular role on a scripted TV series since Soap in the 1970s – also starred Stephanie Weir, Matt Oberg and Megan Ferguson. Larry Charles (Seinfeld), Matt Nix (Burn Notice) and Ben Wexler (Arrested Development) served as writers on the series and also executive produced alongside Crystal.
Despite high hopes for the series, The Comedians proved to be a critical and ratings flop, drawing mixed reviews while the audience for the show never broke the one million viewer mark. The series premiere drew a live+same day audience of 880K viewers and by the time the season (and now series) finale aired the ratings had sunk to around 400K viewers.
Notably, The Comedians brings to an end the network succesful track-record on the comedy side, which has seen every show they’ve launched since 2011 (with the exception of the Debmar-Mercury 10/90 shows). Still FX has a number of comedy efforts on their slate, including Married and Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, which are still airing new episodes on the network.