FX is moving forward with their Billy Crystal comedy project.
The network has picked up The Comedians with a 13 episode order after initially piloting the comedy, which stars Billy Chrystal and Josh Gad, late last year. With the pick up, The Comedians becomes Crystal’s first regular TV role since Soap in the 1970s.
Based on a Swedish format, The Comedians follows Crystal. a superstar veteran comedian who is reluctantly paired with Gad (The Book of Mormon), 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. In addition to Crystal & Gad, Stephanie Weir, Matt Oberg and Megan Ferguson also star.
“We’re incredibly excited about The Comedians and the fact that Billy Crystal will be making his return to series television on FX”, said Nick Grad, President of Original Content for FX Networks and FX Productions. “The chemistry between Billy and Josh is amazing, and Larry, Matt, Ben and Billy did a fantastic job of making what is certain to become one of the best comedies on TV.”
The 13 episode series, which is being produced by Fox Television Studios, is written by Larry Charles (Seinfeld), Matt Nix (Burn
Notice) and Ben Wexler (Arrested Development), all of whom also serve as executive producers alongside series star Billy Chrystal. Production on the series is set to commence later this year, with FX eyeing a 2015 premiere.
“If comedy is timing, we were wildly fortunate to land this material at a time when two true comedy superstars were open to doing a series”, said David Madden, President of Fox Television Studios. “With the combination of Billy and Josh, and the comic writing/directing gifts of Larry, Ben and Matt, all we needed to do was to get out of their way.”
The Comedians is also the third comedy project to land a series order at FX in recent months. The network previously picked up Married starring Nat Faxon and Judy Greer, and You’re the Worst starring Aya Cash and Chris Geere; both of which are set to premiere this Summer. All three join a comedy slate which includes 10/90 comedies Anger Management and Saint George, as well as signature series Louie and Wilfred.