At its upfront presentation in March, FX announced that it was launching a new channel, FXX, focused on comedy. “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “The League,” “Legit” and “Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell” will shift to the sister network when it launches this fall, but there will also obviously be more room for new originals on both. And one of those could by “The Comedians,” a half-hour, single-camera comedy starring Billy Crystal as a showbiz veteran who gets paired with an edgy up-and-comer on a late-night sketch show.
“The Comedians” pilot will be directed by Larry Charles (“Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Borat”), and is written and executive produced by Charles, Crystal, Matt Nix (“Burn Notice”) and Ben Wexler (“Community”). It’s produced by Fox Television Studios and is an adaptation of the Swedish series “Ulveson and Herngren,” which was a mockumentary starring Johan Ulveson and Felix Herngren as themselves. Carl Molinder and John Nordling of Efti AB will also EP alongside Mikkel Bondesen and Henrik Bastin.
“It truly is an honor to be in business with Billy Crystal and Larry Charles, two of the all-time greats in comedy,” said FX’s John Landgraf in the announcement. “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.”
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On the film front, Crystal recently appeared in Jonas Åkerlund’s “Small Apartments.”