One week after CBS gave the world an upfront first look at Robin Williams's TV comeback in The Crazy Ones (doing his manic schtick, with Buffy as his hot young daughter), word comes today that FX is bringing Billy Crystal on board for a pilot called The Comedians, wherein he'll play a veteran comedian (himself, with a hot-but-not-in-the-Buffy-way young sketch-show partner). Whose return will be more illustrious?
Williams's show, about a father-daughter duo at an ad agency, is from David E. Kelley, who is very much a successful show runner but not exactly someone who's been associated with half-hour comedy—or a successful television show in the last five years. The receptions from the fall upfronts were widely "eh." The most buzz generating from this trailer was its Kelly Clarkson cameo.
Meanwhile, Crystal's show is being executive produced by, among others, Larry Charles—a writer and producer on Seinfeld and an executive producer of Curb Your Enthusiasm. So those are good signs! Not great signs? Charles is also responsible for directing Sacha Baron Cohen's movie outings like Borat, Brüno, and The Dictator. Charles will write The Comedians along with executive producers Matt Nix of Burn Notice and Ben Wexler of Community. The pilot is due for summer.