FX has announced the premiere date of its latest comedy series “The Comedians,” which will bring back Billy Crystal on television. The show is set to debut on Thursday, April 9, 2015, at 10:00 p.m. on the cable channel. Crystal will play himself in the series, which is an adaptation of a Swedish comedy entitled “Ulveson and Herngre.” The actor is also serving as writer and executive producer. Read on for more details.
Crystal announced the details of his new series at the FX panel set before the Television Critics Association event in Pasadena, California, saying that when he first watch the Swedish series, he became completely “bowled over” by it.
“It reinforces and reinvigorates everything that I started out doing and have loved to do my entire career. I get a chance to do it again now with these kind of people. It was easy to say why. The thing to ask is, ‘Why not?'” Crystal told the press, as published on Deadline.
On the show, Crystal will play an aging comedian who partners with a young up-and-comer played by Josh Gad. The two are stars of a late-night comedy sketch series, and their personalities clash.
Gad was also present during the press event and said that it is amazing working next to a comedy legend. As his sidekick, the young star puts all his trust in Crystal, which he believes is the key to why their show works in bringing the laughs. The actor also relates that the original series was translated and tweaked to fit into American humor. The show’s director, Larry Charles, confirms this, but says that the structure was kept the same.
“We tried to be true to ourselves in terms of how to present the shows, so nothing formulaic, nothing predictable. We tried to avoid all the cliches sort of inherent to these forms, and I think we did a pretty good job at that,” said Charles in the same Deadline report.
Meanwhile, according to Variety, the producers have also asked Jimmy Kimmel, Steven Weber, Rob Reiner and another legend, Mel Brooks, to appear as guests on the show, which will run for 13 half-hour episodes.
The series also features Stephanie Weir, Matt Oberg and Megan Ferguson as its regulars.
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