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New '24' style medical dramedy

24's creators put medics on the clock in new comedy

The creators of the Kiefer Sutherland action-drama 24 are taking their real-time format to decidedly different format: a medical comedy.

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U.S. network ABC won a bidding war with Fox for the new show, tentatively dubbed The Call, according to reports Monday from the Hollywood trade papers Variety and the Hollywood Reporter.

Dave Hemingson, the creator of the since-cancelled Kitchen Confidential and a writer on the Fox comedy American Dad, is set to write the pilot for the show and co-produce with 24 executive producers Joel Surnow, Howard Gordon and Bob Cochran.

The show will focus on two paramedics and their friends for 22-minute episodes, with a tone that hopes to duplicate the success of M*A*S*H, alternating between comedy and drama.

"We will be toggling between tones and will hopefully create something that is compelling and humorous," Hemingson told the Hollywood Reporter.

Differences from 24's format

Though the show will take place in real time over its 22-minute run time, there will not be an ominous countdown clock as in 24, Hemingson said. Episodes will also not be serialized from week to week.

The real-time format has proved popular for 24, which won best Emmy Awards earlier this year for drama and best actor for Canadian star Kiefer Sutherland for his role as agent Jack Bauer.

The Julia Louis-Dreyfus comedy Watching Ellie also used the real-time format in its first season.

The Call is tentatively scheduled to air in the fall of 2007.
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