FX has announced it has given a series order to the Billy Crystal-fronted half-hour titled "The Comedians."
The single-camera comedy, produced by Fox Television Studios, features the 66-year-old multi-hyphenate as an established comic vet who gets paired with a younger, edgier newcomer, played by Broadway and TV actor Josh Gad, for a late-night sketch show.
Production on the 13-episode first season will begin this year, with a roll-out on FX slated for 2015. Crystal will serve as an executive producer and writer alongside Larry Charles ("Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Seinfeld"), Matt Nix ("Burn Notice") and Ben Wexler ("Community," "Arrested Development"). Char-
les directed the pilot. Gad is serving as producer.
"The Comedians" marks Cry-
stal’s first regular starring role in a TV series since his performance as Jodie Dallas in the ABC comedy "Soap."
"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 programming for the network. "The chemistry between Billy and Josh is amazing Š "
"The Comedians" is based on a Swedish format of the same name.
In addition to "The Comed-
ians," the network recently ordered two new comedies set to launch this July: "Married," starring Nat Faxon and Judy Greer, and "You’re the Worst," starring Aya Cash and Chris Geere.