Billy Crystal to Headline FX's Comedians Pilot

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Billy Crystal Stars FX Pilot The ComediansBilly Crystal appears ready for a primetime comeback, signing on to star in a single-camera comedy pilot for FX.

Titled The Comedians, the potential series finds the nine-time Academy Awards host playing a superstar comedian who is reluctantly paired with a younger, edgier comic for a late-night comedy sketch show.

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The project, which counts Larry Charles (Seinfeld), Matt Nix (Burn Notice), Ben Wexler (Community) and Crystal as exec producers/writers, is based on a Swedish series of the same name.

Comedians would mark Crystal’s first full-time TV gig since his one-season stint on Saturday Night Live nearly three decades ago. Prior to that, he spent four years playing Jodie Dallas on the classic ’70s sitcom Soap.



Comments (9)

  • Donald Glover for the young edgy comic?

    Comment by Teag – May 22, 2013 11:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • YES! I would watch this in a flash if Donald Glover were cast, great idea :)

      Comment by Nikki – May 23, 2013 06:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nashville but in the comedy scene?

    Comment by Jack – May 22, 2013 11:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Holy Cow! Billy Crystal is one of the funniest men in the world! Holy Cow! Holy Cow!
    Yay!

    Comment by bobbie lou – May 22, 2013 12:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He looks maaaavelous!

    Comment by lyn – May 22, 2013 01:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • FX or FXX? I still don’t get that. Is that still happening?

    Comment by Emily – May 22, 2013 01:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The swedish show was called “Ulveson & Herngren” after the two stars, not “Komikerna” (The Comedians). Looking forward to it.
    http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulveson_och_Herngren

    Comment by Joakim – May 22, 2013 01:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love Billy Crystal (I’m one of the few teens who knows him as more than just “that old guy who does the voice of Mike Wazowski”) so sign me up! FX is a great home for it as well, as the comedy can be slightly more adult if required.

    Comment by Eric – May 22, 2013 02:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I absolutely adore Billy Crystal! Soap is my favorite show and Billy was maaavelous on it!

    Comment by Lori – May 22, 2013 03:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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