Billy Crystal's 'The Comedians' picked up by FX

By Chelsea Lewis ,

Billy Crystal is set to star in the upcoming comedy series The Comedians and the new show has just been picked up by FX.

FX announced Wednesday that they ordered 13 half-hour episodes of Crystal's upcoming comedy.

This will be Crystal's first time on TV, not counting hosting appearance, since Soap went off air in 1981, USA Today reported.

The show will also feature Josh Gad, who stars in Frozen, The Associated Press reported.

Nick Grad, original programming chief for FX Networks and FX Productions, spoke about how excited he was about the show. "We're incredibly excited about The Comedians and the fact that Billy Crystal will be making his return to series television on FX. The chemistry between Billy and Josh is amazing, and Larry, Matt, Ben and Billy did a fantastic job of making what is certain to become one of the best comedies on TV."

Production will start later this year on the show, which is a remake of a Swedish production with the same title. The Comedians will premiere in 2015.

The show follows an older comedian who finds himself paired up with a younger comedian who likes to use more inappropriate material in his act.

image: By Bob Bekian (Flickr: Billy Crystal) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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