It’s not the Academy Awards, but it looks like Billy Crystal is returning to television in a role that will allow him to be his hilarious, energetic and zany self.
As first reported by Deadline, FX has ordered the half-hour comedy pilot ‘The Comedians’ to series. The show stars Crystal as a veteran, superstar comedian (not a stretch) who is reluctantly paired up with a new, hot young edgy comic for a late-night comedy sketch show.
Based on the 2004 Swedish series ‘Ulveson and Herngren’ (they don’t just do really dark murder mysteries), the project comes from Larry Charles of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and ‘Borat’ fame. Charles will direct the pilot episode from a script he co-wrote with Crystal, ‘Burn Notice’ creator Matt Nix, and Ben Wexler.
The younger half of the show’s comic duo will be played by Josh Gad, who, while he has found success on the big screen (the voice of Olaf in ‘Frozen’) and on stage (star of ‘The Book of Mormon,’), has not had a hit on TV thus far (‘1600 Penn’ didn’t last too long).
This is the third FX comedy to get sent to series this year, joining ‘Married’ and ‘You’re the Worst.’ Apparently the show was approved fairly quickly after seeing the pilot. This will be Crystal’s first sitcom since 1977s ‘Soap.’ You may have seen him since then on stage and screen.