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.
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