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Odenkirk to captain new HBO comedy

HBO has picked up “The Derek & Simon Show,” an improv comedy pilot presentation that reteams the network with “Mr. Show with Bob and David” star Bob Odenkirk. Odenkirk will exec produce alongside Naomi Odenkirk and Brillstein-Grey’s Bernie Brillstein and Tim Sarkes. Derek Waters and Simon Helberg will star in the half-hour. Odenkirk will direct the pilot. Show concerns two average guys trying to hook up with women in and around Los Angeles. Production begins this month. The alternative comedy will be shot in two 15-minutes segments a la “Tenacious D.”

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