Will Arnett and Jason Bateman
Two weeks after he locked the final cut of Netflix's Arrested Development revival, show creator Mitch Hurwitz is catching up on TV, traveling to New York and checking social media to gauge the reaction to the fruits of two years of labor. "Right now my hope is that the people who are interested in the Bluth family give the show a try," he says of the new episodes, which each focus on a different character yet are intertwined.
The 15 Arrested episodes were released simultaneously on May 26. Fan reaction has been decent, but critics were mixed, with some of those negative reviews reportedly hurting Netflix's stock price (although anticipation for the show previously helped boost the streaming service's stock).
Hurwitz tweeted on May 28 that critics were "resisting change." But in a lengthy chat last week with TV Guide Magazine, he clarified what he meant, and also discussed his future plans for the show. Hurwitz even addressed Internet chatter about star Portia de Rossi's appearance. An edited transcript follows.
It's only natural for AMC's Mad Men to be consumed with thoughts of mortality as it heads further into the turbulent late '60s in its sixth and reportedly next-to-last season of existence. A year ago, the central set piece in the premiere was a surprise birthday party. This time, it's a similarly eventful wake. And that's not the only way in which Sunday's two-hour opener (9/8c), written by series creator Matthew Weiner, drives the death-comes-to-us-all theme home with such sledgehammer relentlessness and obviousness that for the first time, I began to think maybe it is time for this beautifully crafted series to start thinking about giving up the ghost. There's no denying the importance of a show that manages to win four well-deserved best-drama Emmys in its first four times at bat — I didn't hesitate to include Mad Men among the Top 10 in a recent "60 Greatest Dramas of All Time" package in TV Guide Magazine. But does it have to be this self-important?
Eliza Coupe, Zachary Knigthon
The grumbling you've been hearing for the past two months has been the unhappy Happy Endings fans who have been waiting for the comedy's return to ABC's schedule. Yes, it's now on Fridays at 8/7c and yes, like a Xela dress, a move like that can turn a good girl bad. But according to executive producers David Caspe and Jonathan Groff, the show is coming back with a bunch of new episodes that are worth the wait. So spread the word, set your DVR, and tell your friends. Because it would totally sooook to lose this one now.
Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter
The highly anticipated fourth season of Arrested Development is shaping up to be rather star-studded.
During an appearance on Conan Tuesday, Will Arnett revealed that Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter will both appear on the show.
Shaquille O'Neal, Conan O'Brien
Cheers to Conan for getting big laughs out of tiny furniture.
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TBS' lanky goofball recently introduced a miniature version of his late-night set as part of the wildly popular "Puppy Conan" segment. He vowed to host an entire hour from the mini-desk and couch, and last night he delivered on his promise with the deliriously surreal episode "Honey, I Shrunk the Set."
This month will mark one year since Conan O'Brien moved his sofa, desk and bone-dry sidekick, Andy Richter, to TBS and launched Conan. He's back in New York this week to tape four shows at the Beacon Theater (Monday — Thursday, 11/10c, TBS). We celebrated his homecoming with a chat about the past, present and future of late night.
TBS, TNT Logos
TNT's programming slate includes a drama starring Eric McCormack, projects from John Wells and Mitch Albom and a TNT Tuesday Night Mystery, while TBS hopes to build on its "Very Funny" motto with The Wedding Band.
Fall 2011 TV scorecard: Which shows are returning? Which aren't?
Lea Michele, Conan O'Brien
On his first night back in the late-night saddle, Conan O'Brien killed — and was killed, Sonny Corleone-style, riddled with bullets as he left the NBC gates in his hilarious cold open. Then the guests came on, and he died a little. And then he roared back to life, jamming and clowning with ...
Nine months, $40 million and legions of Team Coco fans later, Conan O'Brien is still not over it.
Or, at least, for the purposes of kicking off his new late-night show Conan, he isn't. Monday's premiere was all about sticking it to his former colleagues at NBC by reminding viewers that he was dumped one last time. Hopefully, that was the last time.
In the many interviews O'Brien gave between jobs, he relived his unceremonious exit from NBC's The Tonight Show over and over. More recently, he also expressed the desire to move on, to crack jokes that don't involve himself as jilted late-night host, or his former employer. (Getting the Masturbating Bear back in action for his basic-cable debut was a welcome move!)
House (Monday, 8/7c, Fox)
While Thirteen's away, House's team must play nice with Cuddy, agreeing to add a female doctor to fill the void. Enter Joan of Arcadia's Amber Tamblyn as Martha Masters, a third-year med student who can hold her own against these strong personalities. Even the mercurial boss man. She gets a chance to prove herself in the case of a senator's campaign manager who collapses, mid-campaign, with liver failure and temporary paralysis.
Conan (Premieres Monday, 11/10c, TBS)
Like a red-maned phoenix rising from the ashes of last winter's peacock debacle, Conan O'Brien is finally back plying his wacky mad comedy skills in late night — with Andy Richter in tow and The Basic Cable Band (led by...