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The "Icelandic Ultra-Blue" Controversy Continues: Read H. Jon Benjamin's Retort for Mike Lazzo

The ongoing creative dispute between David Cross/H. Jon Benjamin and Adult Swim exec Mike Lazzo just got more intense. After a series of messages between Cross and Lazzo — catch up with part 1, part 2, and part 3 of the dispute — Benjamin sent us an email this morning with a retort of his own, and he even attached an 11-page budget document to refute Lazzo's claim that he and Cross were "just too expensive" to earn a series order for their Paid Programming pilot, called "Icelandic Ultra-Blue," in 2009. Read Benjamin's full message to Lazzo below, lightly edited for clarity:

David Cross and H. Jon Benjamin Invented the Adult Swim 4AM Infomercial

To promote his new film Hits, David Cross fielded questions in a Reddit AMA today, and one of his most interesting responses came when a fan asked if there's a project he's worked on that he wished more people knew about:

Uh… yeah! Gosh. Yes. Icelandic Ultra-Blue. It was actually called "Paid programming." adult swim completely and totally ripped off the idea – we did it for adult swim. Jon Benjamin and I did it. It's really funny. And the idea that I pitched to Lazzo, in his office, standing in front of him, back in 2008? I wanna say? was to do a fake infomercial that would air [...]

Paul F. Tompkins Teases a 2015 'Mr. Show' Reunion

It's no longer a question of whether or not a Mr. Show reunion is happening, but how long will we have to wait for it? Mr. Show writer/cast member Paul F. Tompkins recently tweeted a photo of some of the Mr. Show gang hanging out at what is hopefully a writers' table with the somewhat mysterious caption "Eight men out… of the 1990s. Maybe something new coming from the Mr. Show gang in the new year? #MrShow." Mr. Show co-creator Bob Odenkirk confirmed with us in November that he hopes for a reunion of the HBO sketch show sometime this year:

Beyond more focus on telling longer [...]

IFC Renews 'The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret' for a Third Season

David Cross is returning to IFC. EW reports that the network has renewed his London-set mini-series The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret for a third six-episode season. The first two seasons ran in 2010 and 2012, and the new season will pick up right where last season left off. According to the report, the regular cast has not yet been finalized — original cast member Sharon Horgan is confirmed to return, but Will Arnett, Blake Anderson, and Spike Jonze's roles are still unknown. No premiere date has been revealed for the new season, but it's expected to debut on IFC sometime next year. Apparently Cross changed his [...]

Watch 'Mr. Show' Alums David Cross and Paul F. Tompkins Catch Up with a Long Chat

David Cross is the guest on the latest episode of Paul F. Tompkins's excellent interview web series, Speakeasy, which debuted today. The resulting 20-minute chat covers a lot of ground, including Cross's feature directorial debut with the movie Hits, the two of them reminiscing about Mr. Show, and Cross explaining why he doesn't care about the ocean.

Adult Swim's Mike Lazzo Responds to David Cross and H. Jon Benjamin's Accusations (Again)

Adult Swim EVP and creative director Mike Lazzo just fought back against David Cross and H. Jon Benjamin on Reddit for the second time over "Icelandic Ultra-Blue." Not long after Cross and Benjamin posted an open letter to Lazzo on Facebook yesterday detailing their frustrations over Lazzo allegedly ripping off the time slot and no-promotion concept behind their 2009 pilot Paid Programming (for details, see part 1 and part 2 of the dispute), Lazzo took to Reddit again to address their claims, and it's pretty similar to his first response. Read the entire post from Lazzo below; Cross and Benjamin have not yet [...]

Bob Odenkirk Says the 'Mr. Show' Reunion Might Be a New Sketch Comedy Show

The A.V. Club has a new interview out today with Bob Odenkirk to promote Sunday's premiere of Better Call Saul, and near the end of the interview is the most interesting update on the in-the-works Mr. Show reunion yet. While the project is clearly still in the early development stages due to the original writers and performers' busy schedules, Odenkirk revealed that it won't be labeled as an official "Mr. Show reunion" but instead be a completely new multiple-episode sketch comedy show:

However, we are working on new sketches and a new show together. And we want to do multiple episodes of it. And yet we’re limited. [...]

Here's the Trailer for David Cross's Directorial Debut 'Hits'

David Cross directed his first film in 2013 called Hits, which premiered at Sundance last year and now has a full trailer. Hits stars Matt Walsh as a father in a small New York town who becomes unexpectedly famous thanks to YouTube and includes cast Meredith Hagner, Amy Sedaris, James Adomian, Derek Waters, Wyatt Cenac, and more. The film doesn't yet have a premiere date, but that shouldn't make you any less excited to see what Cross has in store for his first time behind the camera.

Watch David Cross Fool Reggie Watts, Jim Gaffigan, Paul Scheer, and Nick Kroll with a Magic Trick

Here's a deleted scene from The Meltdown, in which David Cross fools Reggie Watts, Jim Gaffigan, Paul Scheer, and Nick Kroll with the most amazing card trick ever. How does he do it?

David Cross to Play the Dead Boss in Fox's Pilot 'Dead Boss'

David Cross has been cast in a Fox pilot, his first since Arrested Development. Cross will guest star in the pilot Dead Boss as the titular "dead boss," Deadline reports. Based on the British show of the same name created by Sharon Horgan and Holly Walsh, Dead Boss stars 30 Rock's Jane Krakowski as Helen Stephens, an overachieving woman trying to prove she's innocent after being falsely convicted of murdering her narcissistic misogynistic boss, Derek Bridges (Cross). Amy Sedaris, Rachel Dratch, Cedric Yarborough, Justine Lupe, and Ravi Patel play supporting roles. David Cross recently guest starred on Community's second Dungeons & Dragons episode, which airs [...]

David Cross and H. Jon Benjamin Respond to Adult Swim's Mike Lazzo About "Icelandic Ultra-Blue"

In his Reddit AMA last week, David Cross accused Adult Swim exec Mike Lazzo of ripping off the concept (specifically the time slot and lack of promotion) of his 2009 pilot with H. Jon Benjamin Paid Programming, and Lazzo had some harsh but confusing words for Cross in response on Friday, calling the Paid Programming pilot episode "Icelandic Ultra-Blue" a "dumbfuck program" that "is not too bad actually" and calling Cross a "delusional dick" for his claims. (Adult Swim even uploaded the full "Icelandic Ultra-Blue" video to YouTube shortly after Lazzo posted on Reddit.) Today, Cross and Benjamin responded to Lazzo on Facebook, and [...]

David Cross on Kickstarter, Millennials, and His Directorial Debut 'Hits'

2015 is off to a great start for David Cross. Not long after launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund distribution costs for his new film Hits, the project met its $100,000 goal with eight days to spare, ensuring that the film will premiere in at least 35 markets across the US next month. Written and directed by Cross, Hits debuted at the Sundance Film Festival last year and marks a big push for Cross not just into filmmaking but finding new ways to get low-budget indie films into actual theaters in small towns across the country, rather than just a VOD and limited theatrical release. While Hits has [...]

Listen to the Unreleased Finale Track of David Cross's 2004 Album 'It's Not Funny' Featuring H. Jon Benjamin

David Cross was recently a guest on the Comedian's Comedian Podcast with host Stuart Goldsmith, and after the interview Cross agreed to give Goldsmith the finale track of his 2004 album It's Not Funny that label Sub Pop refused to release. The track includes Cross's own pandering country song called "Clapping in the USA" as well as a voice cameo from H. Jon Benjamin as God Himself. "If you listen to the CD you can certainly tell (the current final track) is not a closing bit," Cross told Goldsmith. "Sub Pop got nervous and I was furious, I was apoplectic, I can't believe you're taking this away… This is [...]

Diving Deep Into the Legendary 'Mr. Show' Season 3 Writing Staff

Writing Staff Breakdown is a new Splitsider column that takes a writing staff from a beloved TV comedy, examines their individual contributions to the show and collaborations between the writers before and after. This week, we're looking at the writers for the third season of Bob Odenkirk and David Cross's Mr. Show.

"Mr. Show was certainly from a writers perspective, the best show to work for on TV. Which is to say, you have the most freedom." – Bob Odenkirk, in the book Mr. Show What Happened?!

One of the most influential and revered sketch shows ever on television, Mr. Show amassed a devoted following amongst comedy fans and [...]