FX Orders 13 Episodes of Billy Crystal and Josh Gad as Comedians

The world's greatest comedian Billy Crystal is returning to television! FX has ordered The Comedians, starring the man who once met Sally, to series for a 13-episode first season. Crystal hasn't been a regular on television since the late-'70s sitcom Soap.

The Comedians will star Crystal as an aging comedian who stars on a late-night sketch show with an edgy new underling played by Josh Gad (1600 Penn, The Book of Mormon). I'd say there's a one-million-percent chance that they'll butt heads and scream at each other. Stephanie Weir, Matt Oberg, and Megan Ferguson round out the cast.

The new series also marks the return of Larry Charles to television. The Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld writer will write and produce the series along with Burn Notice's Matt Nix and Community's Ben Wexler. 


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Mar 20, 2014
Billy Crystal is great, Josh Gad is generally unbearable as he sweatily overdoes everything. Gad has a few beats that actually do work, but they get lost behind his rather overbearing comedic instincts, so he ends up being the proverbial nails on the chalkboard wherever he goes (I can't speak for the stage yet, I haven't seen him there). And then there's Billy Crystal himself, who is a great talent but is a little stuck behind the times in his comedic approach.

If the show has a strong director and producer, I could see this working; but less than perfect writing, directing, production, and it's going to end up feeling like a misfit.
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Mar 20, 2014
me LOVES Mr. Crystal. I'm really excited about this.
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Mar 20, 2014

Is this going to be an edgy, boundary pushing comedy like FX is known for or will it be more 90 episode committments a la Charlie Sheen and ugh... George Lopez.
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Mar 20, 2014
Are you familiar with Larry David? He's not reached 100 episodes on Curb Your Enthusiasm in 15 years. Plus, it states 13 episodes.
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Mar 20, 2014
He means in style, not specific episode count.
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Mar 21, 2014
Yeah that's why I asked about Larry David. I guess it could have been more specific, but I doubt he's about to start churning out Anger Management 2. Plus, I'd say it's pretty safe to say at this point that FX's own 'broad' comedy push seems to only apply to 10/90 deals for now.
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Mar 21, 2014
This is Hollywood, there's always time to sell out.
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Mar 21, 2014
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Mar 20, 2014
"Crystal hasn't been a regular on television since the late-'70s sitcom Soap."

Unless you count SNL.
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Mar 20, 2014
Live sketch TV isn't regular television.
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Mar 20, 2014
... anymore.
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Mar 19, 2014
I guess it has a chance to be okay, but for now... euw.
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Mar 19, 2014
The mention of Josh Gad already turns me off.
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Mar 19, 2014
I had the exact opposite reaction. Josh Gad is the only thing that is making me interested.
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Mar 19, 2014
I have no opinion on Billy Crystal, he's alright but was before my time.. however I have never liked Josh Gad, soooooo..... I won't be watching this.
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Mar 21, 2014
City Slickers is all you need dude!
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Mar 19, 2014
No please. Stick with the good stuff like The League, Archer, Louie,and Sunny in Philly. Stay away from past their prime actors and comedians like Sheen, Lopez etc. You guys are generally on the leading edge of comedy, why regress?
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Mar 19, 2014
So it's not a 10/90 situation? Thank God.
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Mar 19, 2014
Larry Charles, Billy Crystal and Matt Nix have me excited. Not a big fan of Josh Gad though..
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Mar 20, 2014
Good eye on Matt Nix, that slipped past me. He's great.
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Mar 21, 2014
Really liking Bturn Notice (burning through it on Neflix [paardon the pun] )
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Mar 19, 2014
Sounds like a show I'd watch, but Gad annoys me, and I can only take so much Crystal.
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