News Briefs: FX Ordered a Pilot Starring Billy Crystal As a Comedian

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MAHHHVELOUS NEWS

... FX has ordered a pilot for The Comedians, and you'll never guess what it's about. Comedians! It might be a stretch for Billy Crystal (JK Billy loved you in Forget Paris), who will star as an aging yuckster who is reluctantly teamed up with a young comedian for a late-night sketch show. Larry Charles (Seinfeld) is behind the project, which is based on a Swedish series. [Variety]


BUSINESS TIME

... BBC America has scheduled its summer, and it looks a little like this:

June 4: Bang Goes the Theory returns (three episodes back-to-back-to-back)
June 6-8: U.S. debut of In the Flesh over three nights
June 23: Season 2 of Copper
July 8: Series premiere of Dangerman: The Incredible Mr. Goodwin
July 13: The final season of Being Human
August 7: U.S. debut of Broadchurch
September 3-6: Season 2 of Luther airs over four nights
TBD: Season 20 of Top Gear

... Comedian Hannibal Buress has scribbled his signature on a contract with Comedy Central that will see the comic do a lot of things for the network. Under the terms of the deal, Buress will guest-star on the upcoming series Broad City, get his own standup special, and shoot his own pilot which he will also produce. Meanwhile, NBC has yet to renew Hannibal. [Comedy Central via press release]

... CBS has signed its own favorite to a long-term deal: The Tony Awards! The Oscars of Broadway will stay put on CBS through 2018. Prepare yourself, Neil Patrick Harris. [CBS via press release]

... The first batch of Teen Choice Awards nominees has been announced and it's truly awful but kids these days, right? Up for best drama are Revenge, Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, Switched at Birth, and Nashville. In the comedy categories, it's The Big Bang Theory, Glee, New Girl, Modern Family, and Suburgatory. For a complete list of nominees so far, head over to the official website. [Teen Choice Awards]

... American Idol is trying to protect its future by digging into the past. After a forgettable season, the singing show may shake up the judges' table by bringing back its most famous former contestants as arbiters. On the shortlist: Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert, and Clay Aiken. [Vulture]


CASTING NEWS

... Billy Baldwin (Daniel's brother) has joined the cast of Copper. Well, for the last two episodes of Season 2 at least. He'll play WIlliam "Wild Bill" Eustace, a power player in New York who turns real estate wheeling and dealing into political power. [BBC American via press release]

... Showtime's Homeland has added a bunch of guest stars to its Season 3 roster, and to be honest I don't know any of them by name. Joanna Merlin (Law & Order: SVU) will play Jessica Brody's mom, Nazanin Boniadi (How I Met Your Mother) joins as a young analyst, Amy Morton (Boss) plays Carrie's lawyer, Gary Wilmes (Louie) plays Dana's psychiatrist, and Sam Underwood (The Last Keepers) plays Dana's new troublemaking friend. C'mon Dana! get your sh*t together! Also dropping by for some work are Tracy Letts, Lawrence Clayton, and Pedro Pascal. [Showtime via press release]

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