FX Sets ‘Louie,’ ‘The Comedians’ Premiere Dates

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Last Updated: January 18, 2015 @ 10:35 AM

FX has set the premiere date of for the its new comedy series “The Comedians” starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad, and for Season 5 of the Emmy-Award winning comedy “Louie” for April 9.

“The Comedians” will air at 10:00 p.m., followed by “Louie” at 10:30 p.m.

The debut season of “Comedians” will feature 13 episodes of the new series.

On “The Comedians,” Crystal plays a comedy legend who is reluctantly paired with Gad, an edgier up-and-coming star, in an unfiltered, behind-the-scenes look at a fictional late night sketch comedy show where egos and generations collide.

Stephnie Weir stars as Kristen Laybourne, the anxiety-ridden producer behind “The Billy & Josh Show” who frequently finds herself caught in the middle of Crystal and Gads’s arguments.

Matt Oberg stars as Mitch Reed, the show’s head writer, and Megan Ferguson stars Esme McCauley, a no-nonsense production assistant.

Larry Charles (“Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Seinfeld”), Matt Nix (“Burn Notice”), and Ben Wexler (“Community,” “Arrested Development”) are writers and executive producers of “The Comedians,” along with Crystal.

Produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions, Charles directed the pilot with Gad serving as co-executive producer.

The fifth season of “Louie” will feature seven or eight episodes from creator, executive producer and star Louis C.K.

Season 4 of “Louie” was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and is currently nominated for a PGA Award, WGA Award, SAG Award and a DGA Award.

“Louie” won three Emmy Awards – C.K. for outstanding writing for a comedy series (2012 and 2014), and Melissa Leo for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series (2013).

The series has also won AFI Awards (2012 and 2013) and a Peabody Award (2013), as well as Television Critics Association Awards in each of the past three years.