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FX Orders a Billy Crystal Pilot

Comedian Billy Crystal attends Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XIX at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on March 23, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.

FX has ordered a comedy pilot starring Billy Crystal, the network announced today. The Comedians, based on a Swedish show of the same name, is about a veteran comic (Crystal) who gets paired up with an edgier young upstart (yet uncast!) for a late-night show. Comedy vet Larry Charles is onboard to direct the episode, which will shoot this summer, and also to serve as a writer and executive producer. This is Crystal's first TV show since Soap, believe it or not, and Soap ended in 1981.

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