Billy Crystal cemented his primetime return Wednesday when FX ordered his new comedy, The Comedians, to series.
The career funnyman/frequent Oscar host will star opposite Josh Gad (1600 Penn) in the half-hour yukfest, which is a behind-the-scenes look at late-night sketch comedy show.
Crystal’s role is that of a veteran comedian reluctantly paired with an edgy up-and-comer, played by Gad.
Stephanie Weir (MADtv), Matt Oberg (Hart of Dixie) and Megan Ferguson (Hart of Dixie) will co-star.
Larry Charles (Seinfeld), Matt Nix (Burn Notice), Ben Wexler (Community) and Crystal will write and executive-produce the series, which is based on a Swedish series of the same name. Gad will produce.
The FX series is Crystal’s first full-time TV gig since his one-season stint on Saturday Night Live nearly three decades ago. Prior to that, he played Jodie Dallas on the ’70s sitcom Soap.
The Comedians will begin production later this year and is slated to air in 2015.Follow @kimroots