Cross in 'Situation' room
CW clocks time with 'Golden Hour'The "Mr. Show" duo of Bob Odenkirk and David Cross are returning to HBO with "David's Situation," a comedy pilot starring Cross.
Meanwhile, the CW has given a pilot pickup to "Austin Golden Hour," a real-time medical drama from "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller.
Odenkirk and Cross co-wrote "Situation," in which Cross plays himself. He is an ex-entertainer who lives in a nondescript gated housing development with two housemates — a leftist hippie and a grouchy "ditto-head" right winger — and is forced to be the voice of reason between them.
"We feel it's really strong and important to the health of America," Cross and Odenkirk wrote about the project on their Web site, BobandDavid.com.
Odenkirk will direct the pilot, which is slated to film in May. Odenkirk and Stu Smiley will executive produce, with Dionne Kirschner serving as producer.
The pickup for "Situation" comes 10 years after Odenkirk and Cross' late-night sketch comedy series "Mr. Show With Bob and David" bowed out after four seasons on HBO.
The CW's "Hour" follows a close-knit team of young emergency room surgeons and emergency medical technicians in Austin during the critical, adrenaline-filled 60 minutes immediately following a trauma, known as "the golden hour." The project also will focus on the personal lives and rivalries of the surgeons and EMTs.
"Hour," from Fuller's 19 Entertainment and CBS Paramount Network TV, is written by Lance Gentile and Mal Young, who also executive produces with Fuller.
Gentile, a physician, has written for "Third Watch" and "ER," earning an Emmy for the latter. Young, a British writer-producer, executive produced "Doctor Who."
Fuller and Young previously executive produced a half-hour drama pilot for Fox, home of "Idol." The project, a primetime soap about blue-collar families, was in contention for a series pickup in fall 2007.
The duo also were exec producers on the comedy that Fox developed last season around former "Idol" finalist Kellie Pickler.