FX has ordered a pilot of a comedy series starring Billy Crystal called The Comedians to begin production this summer.
Crystal will play a superstar veteran comedian who is reluctantly paired with a younger, edgier comedian for a late-night sketch show. The half-hour, single camera comedy is produced by Fox Television Studios and based on a Swedish format of the same name.
The Comedians is from showrunners/writers Larry Charles (Seinfeld), Matt Nix (Burn Notice) and Ben Wexler (Community). The three will executive produce with Crystal and Charles will direct the pilot.
“It truly is an honor to be in business with Billy Crystal and Larry Charles, two of the all-time greats in comedy,” said John Landgraf, president and GM of FX Networks. “We have also wanted for some time to be in business with Matt Nix, who has done such an amazing job creating and running Burn Notice. They, along with Ben Wexler, are an unbeatable team and we’re incredibly excited about this project.”
FX is preparing to launch new network FXX on Sept. 2, which will focus on the adults 18-34 demographic and skew toward comedy. The Comedians joins previously ordered comedy pilots How and Why, from Academy Award-winner Charlie Kaufman, about a man who can figure out how a nuclear reactor works but is clueless about life; and the animated Chozen, executive-produced by Eastbound & Down's Danny McBride, which follows a white rapper recently released from prison looking for redemption.