‘Wilde’ ones

By Sarah Rodman
Globe Staff / September 21, 2010

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“Arrested Development’’ creator Mitchell Hurwitz knows from crazy funny. He chatted up reporters in Los Angeles recently at the TV Critics’ Press Tour about his new series “Running Wilde.’’

On teaming up with former “Arrested’’ star Will Arnett and the normally dramatic Keri Russell: “This is a true romantic comedy. [Will] really does have great skills as an actor and can play a wide range of things, but because he is so funny, and funny is such a striking quality, people tend to use that quality of his in movies and in guest spots. The fun for us in working with Will is finding those levels and finding those surprises and those dramatic moments, just like the fun with Keri is finding those moments where she’s more comedic, where she’s not the voice of reason. She has such a likability and such a relatability that I think there’s going to be a lot of fun to be had with playing against type for both of them.’’

On whether he thinks it’s risky to do another unconventional comedy on Fox after the rocky run of “Arrested’’: “I personally worry about success, that having to continue doing it is far more perilous for me than the fear of it being canceled. I guess I would describe it as a hope of it being canceled.’’ (He was kidding. We think.)

On whether casting “Arrested’’ alum David Cross will draw comparisons between the shows: “When his name first came up, we thought, ‘I don’t know. Is it too much?’ But then once you think of him, he’s just such a funny guy.’’