Webisodes of the Rob Corddry-created “Childrens Hospital” will begin playing on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block starting July 11, with the back-to-back installments (filling a 15-minute window) eventually giving way to new episodes of the series in late August. It’s worth checking out (or in), mostly because the solid cast that Corddry has assembled overcomes the rather slim premise. But like most hospitals, you probably won’t feel like hanging around any longer than you have to.
Basically, “Hospital” spoofs every other medical drama on TV, with amusing bits like characters walking and thinking aloud a la “Grey’s Anatomy.” This gives the cast a chance to deadpan a lot of silliness, like saying regarding the Sept. 11 attacks “I thought it happened in January,” or the nurse (played by Lake Bell) who keeps insisting that she’s not breaking up with her boyfriend because he’s Jewish – but keeps bringing up his religion over and over again.
Mostly, the project demonstrates how something like this that lends itself to 3- or 4-minute shorts doesn’t always readily translate to TV. “Childrens Hospital” probably fares better than most, and still yields only a mild case of the fitful giggles.
Corddry (who exec produces with Jonathan Stern and David Wain) also appears as a doctor who frightens kids by wearing clown makeup, which is among the funnier gags. Others taking part include Bell, Megan Mullally, Erinn Hayes, Rob Huebel, Ken Marino, younger bro Nate Corddry, and Corddry’s fellow “Daily Show” alum Ed Helms. There’s also an amusing recurring credit for “Michael Cera as Sal Viscuso,” even though Cera never shows up – the gag doubtless being that he seems to be in everything else.
And no, that’s not a typo, it’s really spelled “Childrens Hospital.” No wonder so many kids are illiterate these days.