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17 items from 2014


FX Brings Billy Crystal Back To TV With ‘The Comedians’ Order

20 March 2014 5:56 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

With executive producers/writers Larry Charles, Matt Nix, Ben Wexler, and Billy Crystal, FX‘s new sit-com order for The Comedians should be about the closest thing television has to a slam dunk. Add Josh Gad to the cast, and build it off of something we already know is a pretty solid format, and it looks like FX has the next great show locked up.

Having just announced a 13-episode order based on the Swedish show of the same name, this is one you’re going to hear about a lot in the future, and by the time it rolls around, a lot of people are going to be pretty excited for this one. It’s one thing to build a new version of a show that is, reportedly, already a strong series, but it’s quite another to throw in a mix of Arrested Development, Burn Notice, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. »

- Marc Eastman

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The Comedians: FX Orders New Billy Crystal, Josh Gad Comedy

19 March 2014 5:59 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Billy Crystal is returning to primetime series television for the first time since he co-starred on Soap in the 1970s and 1980s. FX has ordered 13 episodes of The Comedians, a sitcom to star Crystal and Josh Gad. The new show is expected to debut in 2015.

Billy Crystal Returns To Series Television In FX’S The Comedians

Network Orders 13 Episodes of Half-Hour Comedy Starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad

From Executive Producers/Writers Larry Charles, Matt Nix, Ben Wexler and Billy Crystal

Produced by Fox Television Studios

Production Will Begin This Year and Air on FX in 2015

Los Angeles, March 19, 2014 – FX has ordered 13 episodes of the comedy series The Comedians, starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad, it was announced today by Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, Presidents of »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Billy Crystal’s The Comedians Pilot Picked Up By FX, Will Become A Series

19 March 2014 1:53 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In an alliance few saw coming, Billy Crystal has seen his new pilot, The Comedians, get a 13 episode order from FX. Production will begin later this year and the series will launch in 2015. This will mark Crystal’s first excursion into the TV universe in over 30 years, as he was last seen on the small screen in the 1977-81 ABC comedy, Soap.

Crystal will be surrounded by a team of comedic all-stars, as rising talent Josh Gad (New Girl, The Internship, Frozen) will play his younger foil, stepping into the role of a more youthful, edgier talent that works with Crystal’s veteran superstar on a late night sketch comedy show.

Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s Larry Charles directed the pilot and co-wrote the script with Crystal, Burn Notice creator Matt Nix, and Ben Wexler (best known for his work on The Good Guys and the criminally underrated family sitcom Still Standing »

- Jeff Castilla

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'The Comedians': Billy Crystal discusses his return to series TV on FX

19 March 2014 1:50 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

After conquering the Oscars, for which he earned four Emmys, and winning a Tony, Billy Crystal is coming back to series television.

He'll tackle his first regular role on a prime-time series since the 1977-81 sitcom "Soap" by teaming with Josh Gad ("Frozen," "The Book of Mormon") in "The Comedians," which FX gave a 13-episode order Wednesday (March 19). (Crystal was also a regular on "Saturday Night Live" for one season in 1984-85.)

"It's based on a Swedish show, of all the places to be funny," Crystal tells Zap2it. "You think of that as the land of [filmmaker] Ingmar Bergman and death. This is the story of the pairing of a veteran comedian and a young comedian, and they're put together by a network to do a sketch variety show. Reluctantly."

Crystal likens the result to Garry Shandling's "The Larry Sanders Show," since it involves "our own show, which is »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Billy Crystal returning to TV in FX's 'The Comedians'

19 March 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

It’s official — Billy Crystal is returning to television, and he’s bringing funnyman Josh Gad with him.FX announced Wednesday that it has ordered 13 episodes of The Comedians, a single-camera comedy series that takes us behind the scenes of a late-night sketch show. Crystal will star as a famous comedian who is, much to his dismay, paired up with Gad (1600 Penn, Frozen, The Book of Mormon). Stephanie Weir, Matt Oberg, and Megan Ferguson will also star.The role marks Crystal’s return to television, as it will be the comedian’s first regular appearance since starring as Jodie Dallas »

- Andrea Towers

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FX Orders 13 Episodes of Billy Crystal’s The Comedians

19 March 2014 1:15 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

FX announced today that they have picked up The Comedians for 13 episodes. Based on a Swedish show of the same name, it stars Billy Crystal as a legendary comic who gets paired with a brash up-and-comer (Josh Gad) for a fictional sketch show. Larry Charles (Curb Your EnthusiasmSeinfeld), Matt Nix (Burn Notice), and Ben Wexler (CommunityArrested Development) are writing and serving as executive producers. The show will shoot this year, with a planned 2015 premiere. Crystal hasn’t had a starring role on a TV series since Soap ended in 1981 (not including SNL, of course). Frankly, it’s been so long since Crystal has been on TV that saying this show sounds “mahvelous” won’t make sense to most. »

- Jesse David Fox

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FX Picks Up Billy Crystal-Josh Gad Series ‘The Comedians’

19 March 2014 1:07 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

FX has given a 13-episode series order to the Billy Crystal-Josh Gad comedy “The Comedians.”

Crystal will play veteran comedian who is reluctantly paired with an edgier up-and-coming star, played by Gad. The Fox TV Studios series is targeted for premiere next year.

“Comedians” is billed as a behind-the-scenes look at a late night sketch comedy show and will also feature series regulars Stephanie Weir, Matt Oberg and Megan Ferguson.

Larry Charles, Matt Nix and Ben Wexler are the writers and exec producers of the project, along with Crystal. Charles directed the pilot.

“We’re incredibly excited about ‘The Comedians’ and the fact that Billy Crystal will be making his return to series television on FX.  The chemistry between Billy and Josh is amazing,” said Nick Grad, FX’s president of original programming.

The Comedians” marks Crystal’s first regular starring role in a TV series since he »

- Andrea Seikaly

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FX sends Billy Crystal's 'The Comedians' to series

19 March 2014 1:04 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Soap" star Billy Crystal is returning to series television with "The Comedians," which has been ordered to series by FX. The half-hour project stars Crystal as a superstar veteran comic who is paired with an edgier up-and-coming comic (Josh Gad), leading to "an unfiltered, behind-the-scenes look at a late night sketch comedy show where egos and generations collide." In addition to Crystal and Gad, "The Comedians" stars Stephanie Weir, Matt Oberg and Megan Ferguson. Crystal is serving as executive producer and writer on the project, along with Larry Charles, Matt Nix and Ben Wexler. Charles directed the pilot and, not to be left out, Gad will be a producer.  Produced by Fox TV Studios, production on "The Comedians" will begin this year and FX will premiere the show in 2015. The whole thing was based on a Swedish format. “We’re incredibly excited about 'The Comedians' and the fact »

- Daniel Fienberg

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FX Orders Billy Crystal-Josh Gad Comedy The Comedians

19 March 2014 12:49 PM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

FX has ordered 13 episodes of The Comedians, a half-hour sitcom starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad, the network announced Wednesday.

The Comedians, based on a Swedish series of the same name, will offer an unfiltered behind-the-scenes look at late-night sketch comedy. Crystal stars as a successful veteran comedian who is reluctantly paired with Gad, an edgier up-and-coming star. The show also marks Crystal's first starring TV role since his role as Jodie Dallas on Soap.

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Larry CharlesMatt Nix and Ben Wexler will write and executive-produce the project, along with Crystal. Gad will serve as a producer.

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- Sadie Gennis

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FX Orders Billy Crystal Comedy Pilot 'The Comedians' to Series

19 March 2014 12:33 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Billy Crystal is coming back to the small screen, and not just via his upcoming HBO special. Crystal's new comedy pilot, "The Comedians," has received a series order from FX, according to Deadline. The premise finds Crystal's veteran comic character teaming up with Josh Gad's young up-and-comer for a sketch show. The pilot was written and directed by Larry Charles ("The Dictator," "Curb Your Enthusiasm"), who also serves as the show's executive producer along with Crystal, Matt Nix ("Burn Notice") and Ben Wexler ("Community"). Based off the Swedish series "Ulveson and Herngren," "The Comedians" is a half-hour, single camera comedy that will certainly bring in an older demographic than FX usually attracts with shows like "Archer" and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." Crystal guest starred on Lisa Kudrow's Showtime show, "Web Therapy" last year. He appeared with the "Friends" star in "Analyze This" and "Analyze That »

- Ben Travers

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FX Orders Billy Crystal Comedy Pilot 'The Comedians' to Series

19 March 2014 12:33 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Billy Crystal is coming back to the small screen, and not just via his upcoming HBO special. Crystal's new comedy pilot, "The Comedians," has received a series order from FX, according to Deadline. The premise finds Crystal's veteran comic character teaming up with Josh Gad's young up-and-comer for a sketch show. The pilot was written and directed by Larry Charles ("The Dictator," "Curb Your Enthusiasm"), who also serves as the show's executive producer along with Crystal, Matt Nix ("Burn Notice") and Ben Wexler ("Community"). Based off the Swedish series "Ulveson and Herngren," "The Comedians" is a half-hour, single camera comedy that will certainly bring in an older demographic than FX usually attracts with shows like "Archer" and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." Crystal guest starred on Lisa Kudrow's Showtime show, "Web Therapy" last year. He appeared with the "Friends" star in "Analyze This" and "Analyze That »

- Ben Travers

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Billy Crystal’s FX Pilot ‘The Comedians’ Picked Up To Series

19 March 2014 12:05 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Update 12:30 Pm: FX just confirmed the series pickup of The Comedians, which has received a 13-episode order and will begin production later this year for a 2015 launch. Related: 2014 FX Pilots Previous Exclusive: Billy Crystal is returning to primetime. There is no official word, but I have learned that FX has picked up half-hour pilot The Comedians, toplined by the actor-comedian, to series. The Comedians, based on the 2004 Swedish series Ulveson And Herngren, stars Crystal as a superstar veteran comedian who is reluctantly paired with a younger, edgier comic (Josh Gad) for a late-night comedy sketch show. The project hails from an all-star creative team. Curb Your Enthusiasm and Borat‘s Larry Charles directed the pilot from a script he co-wrote with Crystal, Burn Notice creator Matt Nix, and Ben Wexler. The four executive produce with Mikkel Bondesen and Henrik Bastin of Fabrik Entertainment for Fox TV Studios. Carl Molinder »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #121. Larry Charles’ A Walk In the Woods

13 February 2014 8:15 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

A Walk In the Woods

Director: Larry Charles

Writer: Michael Arndt

Producers: Wildwood Entertprises’ Robert Redford and Bill Holderman, Route One FilmsChip Diggins.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Robert Redford and Nick Nolte

The type of comedy that will likely reject the Robert Redford brave-stance in All is Lost, Larry Charles has had three tries with Sacha Baron Cohen and we’ve yet to see the darker, subversive material we’ve been looking for…but something about two gents in the great outdoors not seeking some kind of spiritual quest sounds like a place that Alexandre Payne might visit and might be refreshingly authentic. A Walk In the Woods will also be an occasion to see what Little Miss Sunshine writer Michael Arndt can bring to the table as well – we’re hoping for a mix of situational funny and wry approach to companionship.

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- Eric Lavallee

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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #122. Alain Resnais’ Life of Riley

13 February 2014 8:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Life of Riley

Director: Alain Resnais

Writers: Alain Resnais, Jean-Marie Bessett, Laurent Herbiet, Caroline Silhol

Producer: Jean-Louis Livi

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Sandrine Kilberlain, Sabine Azema, Andre Dussollier, Hippolyte Girardot

Another great auteur that’s had a considerable increase in output over the past several years has been Alain Resnais. He follows up his experimental 2012 film You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet with this film, which sees him returning with some regular cast members like Azema (we’d be shocked not to see her in the lineup since she’s married to the director), Dussollier and Girardot. While this sounds a bit like a wizened version of some recent Gallic films like Little White Lies, we’re sure this will be customary offbeat Resnais, and penned by writer/director Ayckbourn who penned the 2006 Resnais film, Private Fears in Public Places.

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- Nicholas Bell

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Sacha Baron Cohen's next film Grimsby will be released Summer 2015

13 February 2014 7:14 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Sacha Baron Cohen's next film as writer and star will be titled Grimsby and is now slated for a release in the already busy summer season in 2015. Unlike his films Borat, Bruno, or The Dictator, Grimsby will be released by Sony instead of Paramount. Director Louis Leterrier will take the camera for this project instead of Cohen's longtime collaborator, Larry Charles. Grimsby is switching studios for an undisclosed reason, though it doesn't seem to be financial as Cohen recently signed a »

- Alex Maidy

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Sundance at 30: Robert Redford opens up about the festival and his upcoming projects -- Exclusive

25 January 2014 5:51 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

When Robert Redford set out to create a place for independent filmmakers to show their wares 30 years ago, he didn’t know it would become the behemoth star-filled event that is Sundance today. Coming to the festival for the first time this year, I had my own preconceived notions and thought, like many people, that Sundance has gotten too big, too commercial. But even with the fancy parties and the major movie stars strolling down Main Street, I was still blown away by the wealth of new and groundbreaking films at my fingertips this week. While Redford acknowledges that the »

- Laura Hertzfeld

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FX's Billy Crystal Comedy Adds Trio to Cast

24 January 2014 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

FX's Billy Crystal comedy pilot The Comedians is filling up its ranks. The comedy co-staring Book of Mormon Tony nominee Josh Gad has enlisted Matt Oberg (30 Rock), Stephnie Weir (MadTV) and Megan Ferguson (Mad Men) to its ranks, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The single-camera entry from Fox Television Studios revolves around a superstar veteran comedian (Crystal) who is reluctantly paired with a younger, edgier comedian (Gad) for a late-night comedy sketch show. Gad's young and hip comic resents -- and rails against -- the pairing. Story: Billy Crystal to Star in FX Comedy Pilot From Larry Charles

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