Mr. Show Fans Rejoice: David Cross and Bob Odenkirk Returning to HBO


Alright, I’ve got a confession to make: I never really got into Mr. Show. It’s not that I don’t find David Cross or Bob Odenkirk funny, but rather that I probably haven’t seen enough of their sketches (or at least not enough of the good ones) to really get me hooked. That said, I am excited to hear that they will be returning to HBO again in the near future with a new comedy series called David’s Situation. The pilot has reportedly been greenlit and will start shooting in May.

David Cross will be playing himself as a comedian who moves out of Hollywood into suburbia and rooms with two polar opposites: an ultra-conservative and a “liberal hippie”. It will be a sitcom format, but also somewhat reminiscent of Mr. Show, as David Cross explains: “It will follow a traditional sitcom feeling, but will also feel like a big sketch, even though the characters will remain the same each week… Because it’s HBO, we are going to write and shoot our own commercials that will probably have nothing to do with the show, and have two commercial breaks and have an epilogue and all that stuff.”

On the one hand, you have to wonder if the two were aiming to be a little more successful on their own after Mr. Show and are disappointed to come back to do another TV series. On the other hand, it seems like they are generally just excited to be working together again, and that can only result in comedic goodness for the rest of us. Hey, if it means that Bob Odenkirk doesn’t have to direct stuff like The Brothers Solomon and Let’s Go To Prison anymore, then I’m all for it!

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  • Steve Odenkirk has never done it for me– and the only thing David Cross has ever done of any worth was “Arrested Development.”

    “Mr. Show” is bunk.

    But, I would be interested in the “Arrested Development” movie that pops up as a rumor every few months– what ever happened to that?

  • I think you might be getting Steve Oedekerk and Bob Odenkirk mixed up… I know I always do. Steve Oedekerk is horrible in my opinion (Sorry Tom!). He’s the Kung Pow/Thumb Wars guy. Bob Odenkirk is actually pretty funny, although he’s been involved in some crap too.

  • More successful? Christ, what more do you want from David Cross? The guy is a standup icon.

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  • I did mix up the names of the two– but regardeless, I’m not a fan of either of them.

  • Goon

    you cant really just watch Mr Show sketches… they’re all tied together thematically, sometimes only loosely, so watching a whole episode is more of an experience, and even makes the bad sketches better…

    i think you should just dive in and buy the Mr. Show boxset and engulf yourself. it really is the best, tightest sketch show i’ve ever seen – even better than Monty Python, Kids in the Hall, and maybe even the tightest SNL collection you could drum up.

  • Goon

    btw, Brothers Solomon was better than I expected. but as a caveat I’m a huge Forte/Arnett apologist.

  • Steve Oederkerk directed Ace Venture 2 which is a hilarious movie.

  • joe

    I like HBO shows, so I’ll check it out. It can’t beat Flight of the Conchords, though.

  • This is the best god damn news ever. Mr. Show is my favorite sketch comedy show of all time, David Cross is my favorite comedian of all time, and I’ve surprisingly enjoyed both Let’s Go To Prison and The Brothers Solomon. I can’t wait.

  • Man I love this show. I don’t even get HBO but I love eating spaghetti and reading about this show online all the time with my marinara. I am siced.