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Billy Crystal has a new TV series ... on FX
Billy Crystal - who hasn't been in a TV series since forever-and-when - will headline a new FX series, also starring Josh Gad, of "Book of Mormon," and most recently, "Frozen." Larry Charles is attached, too, in a production role.
Per FX, this 13-episode series -- to air in 2015 --
In "The Comedians," Crystal plays a superstar veteran comedian who is reluctantly paired with Gad ("Frozen," "The Book of Mormon"), an edgier up-and-coming star, in an unfiltered, behind-the-scenes look at a late night sketch comedy show where egos and generations collide. Rounding out the cast are series regulars Stephanie Weir, Matt Oberg and Megan Ferguson.
After his mid-70s run on ABC's "Soap," as Jodie Dallas, Crystal headed to "Saturday Night Live," for a pair of memorable seasons ('84-'85). There were other bit cameos here and there, but this is his first return to series TV since then, when he was on the show which ran from '77 to '81.
Crystal's one-man play, "700 Sundays," is also coming to HBO.