FX greenlights Billy Crystal pilot ‘The Comedians’

By | May 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm | No comments | News, TV/Movies | Tags: , ,

Adding to their already heavy comedians-playing-comedians programming (Louis C.K. on Louie, Jim Jefferies on Legit) FX may add yet another to its ever-growing comedy lineup, this time with Billy Crystal, 65, as its star. The network has greenlighted a pilot called The Comedians, centering on a veteran comic (Crystal) who’s stuck with a younger, more hip performer on a late-night sketch comedy show. Meta, right?

Based on a Swedish series, the single-camera show is being produced by Larry Charles (Seinfeld), Ben Wexler (Community) and Matt Nix (Burn Notice). News of the Crystal project comes two months after FX announced it would launch a comedy-focused sister network called FXX, on which shows like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Legit, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell would live. FXX is set to launch Sept. 2.

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