FX’s streak has ended. Following lukewarm reviews and lackluster ratings, FX has opted not to proceed with a second season of comedy The Comedians, starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad. This marks the first FX live-action original series since the 2011 Lights Out not to get a second season and the first live-action comedy since the 2008 Testees. (The tally does not include the 10-90 comedies Partners and Saint George, which were acquisitions done under a different business model.)
Unlike the case with Lights Out and the 2010 Terriers, when FX topper John Landgraf got on the phone to talk about the network’s cancellation decision, the network opted not to issue a statement on the end of The Comedians. Executive producer/showrunner Ben Wexler instead announced the end on Twitter.
#TheComedians is cancelled at FX. I could not be more proud of the work we all did.
— Ben Wexler (@mrbenwexler) July 23, 2015
The Comedians had a bumpy road to the screen, with some lengthy back-and-forth before it ultimately got a green light. It marked Crystal’s first regular TV series role since the 1977-1981 ABC comedy Soap.
The Comedians, from Fox 21 TV Studios, was written/executive produced by Larry Charles, Matt Nix and Wexler, along with Crystal, with Charles directing the pilot. Gad served as producer. It was based on a Swedish format of the same title from Stockholm-based Efti AB, whose Carl Molinder and John Nordling also executive produced. Mikkel Bondesen and Henrik Bastin also were executive producers, with Kristen Campo co-executive producer, via their production company Fabrik Entertainment, which produced the project.