Coming off his directorial debut on Sundance pic Hits, David Cross has been tapped as a guest star on Fox‘s half-hour pilot Dead Boss, from WBTV and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. An adaptation of the BBC3 series created by Sharon Horgan and Holly Walsh, Dead Boss is a comedic mystery that finds overachiever Helen Stephens (Jane Krakowski), who is wrongfully convicted of murdering her boss and is forced to rely on her train wreck of a sister to prove her innocence. Cross will play Derek Bridges, the narcissistic, credit-stealing, misogynistic “dead boss”. He is with UTA, BEP and attorney Harris Hartman.
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EXCLUSIVE: Arrested Development‘s David Cross has completed filming on his feature directorial debut, an indie dark comedy about the nature of fame in the YouTube era. Set in a small town in upstate New York, Hits stars Matt Walsh, Meredith Hagner, James Adomian, Derek Waters, Wyatt Cenac and Jake Cherry. Julia Stiles, Michael Cera, Dave Koechner, Amy Sedaris, Jason Ritter, Erinn Hayes, and Russ Tamblyn also appear. Cross wrote and directed the pic which is produced by Jessica Latham, Giles Andrew, and Charles Denton for Honora Productions. He recently reprised his role as Tobias Fünke on Arrested Development‘s fourth season for Netflix. Cross is repped by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
EXCLUSIVE: Showtime has put in development a comedy project from actor-writer David Cross. Here is the premise as explained by Cross himself: It centers around “a modestly successful travel writer who struggles to keep his families happy and satisfied. Oh, and also from finding out about each other’s existence.” Cross will write and executive produce through his Liberal Jew-Run Media Prods. His manager, Tim Sarkes of Brillstein Entertainment, also will serve as executive producer.
Unlike other series Cross has created/co-created — including HBO cult classic Mr. Show, Comedy Central’s Freak Show and IFC’s The Increasingly Poor Decisions Of Todd Margaret, in which he also starred — I hear the lead in the Showtime project is not designed for him. However, if the script goes forward, he may play another role. Cross most recently reprised his role as Tobias Fünke in the Arrested Development revival on Netflix.
CAA has signed actor-writer David Cross and Vin Di Bona and Bruce Gersh’s independent production company FishBowl Worldwide Media for representation.
David Cross, who was previously repped by ICM, is the star and creator of The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, currently in its second season on IFC. He recently recurred on Fox’s Running Wilde alongside his Arrested Development co-star Will Arnett. Cross previously co-created and starred in the HBO cult classic Mr. Show. In features, he next voices a character in Kung Fu Panda 2. Cross is managed by Tim Sarkes at Brillstein Entertainment.
America’s Funniest Home Videos creator Di Bona and Gersh launched FishBowl in January 2010, with former Fox executive Susan Levison serving as head of development. The company is in production on Disclosure, a pilot for truTV; On The Market: Dallas, a presentation for HGTV; and a presentation about a teenager with a unique gift for MTV. Additionally, FishBowl produces the series Treasure Chase for Discovery. On the scripted side, the company sold scripts to Fox and the CW this past development season.
If you wondered how long it took before first Arrested Development-related question at the Running Wilde panel came in, it was a couple of minutes. The comparisons are inevitable: new Fox comedy series Running Wilde was created by Arrested alums Mitch Hurwitz, Will Arnett and Jim Vallely and stars Arnett, with another Arrested actor, David Cross, recently joining the cast in a recasting.
“We very much loved Arrested Development, we miss it and that’s why we still want to make the movie, Hurwitz said, adding after the session that the script for the movie is halfway done. “But this is a different project, and it has a different set of rules to it.”
Addressing the fact that, with Wilde, he is looking to do a romantic comedy with wider appeal than the off-beat Arrested, Hurwitz confessed that “I have a fear of success…. a hope of it being cancelled,” but later added that he is “glad to be trying to make a show that attracts larger audience.”
Added Arnett, “We’re out of our comfort zone and we’re figuring it out.” Arnett, one of the current kings of dead-pan humor, was overshadowed on the panel by recent cast addition Peter Serafinowicz, who is sometime referred to “the British Will Arnett.” (Serafinowicz was recently upped to a regular after guest starring in the pilot.) One example: He followed Hurwitz’s praise of Fox’s support for the project with this take on the network: “It’s come such a long wasy since the days they just did documentaries about … Read More »
By now you may have already heard that David Cross is joining Mitch Hurwitz and Will Arnett’s new comedy series Running Wilde, bringing in another piece to the Arrested Development reunion that’s forming on the upcoming Fox half-hour series. But the story behind Cross’ casting is just as intriguing as it involves two actors, one second-position casting and one pesky Icelandic volcano.
Cross was the original choice to play Andy, the radical environmentalist fiancé of Arnett’s love interest Emmy (Keri Russell). But just as filming on the Lionsgate TV-produced pilot was underway in April, Cross got stuck in the UK when the country’s airspace was closed as air travel in Northern Europe was severely disrupted by the eruption of Iceland’s now-infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. With Cross certain to miss the shoot, actor Andrew Daly was approached to step in and do the role in the pilot. Daly had just wrapped another comedy pilot, NBC’s The Paul Reiser Show, where he was a regular, so for him Running Wilde would’ve been in second position at best.
Here is how Daly describes the events in a post on aspecialthing.com:
So Mitch Hurwitz & Will Arnett asked if I would
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