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FX network orders comedy starring Billy Crystal

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  • Actor-comedian Billy Crystal has agreed to star in a new television series where he's paired with Josh Gad in a story about two comics in a generational clash. The series, "The Comedians," is set to air on the FX network in 2015.

      Actor-comedian Billy Crystal has agreed to star in a new television series where he's paired with Josh Gad in a story about two comics in a generational clash. The series, "The Comedians," is set to air on the FX network in 2015.
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NEW YORK -- Billy Crystal has agreed to star in a new television series in which he's paired with Josh Gad in a story about two comics in a generational clash.

The series is called "The Comedians." It's set to air on the FX network next year.

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FX said Wednesday it has ordered 13 episodes.

"The Comedians" is based on a format popular in Sweden and will look at a late-night television show on which egos and generations collide. The pilot episode was directed by Larry Charles, who worked on "Seinfeld" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

Crystal has been well-known for movie roles, a "Saturday Night Live" stint and repeated turns as Academy Awards host. But his last role in a regular TV series was on the 1970s ABC sitcom "Soap."

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