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.
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. Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images