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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.
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"Maybe a movie" would have been a better option after all for continuing the gloriously twisted saga of the beloved cult comedy classic Arrested Development. Those famous last words, spoken by executive producer/narrator Ron Howard in a cameo in the 2006 series finale on Fox, continue to haunt the show's sprawling and rarely satisfying 15-episode reboot on Netflix.
There is life after The Office for John Krasinski.
The fan-favorite actor from the departing NBC comedy will appear in the forthcoming Arrested Development 15-episode series, debuting on Netflix next month, Entertainment Weekly reports.
Now this is some really wonder-ful news.
Ben Stiller is set to reprise his role as magician Tony Wonder in an upcoming episode of Arrested Development, Entertainment Weekly reports.
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Jeff Kahn, whose credits include The Ben Stiller Show and Crackle's digital series The Writers Room, will write the comedy and executive produce with Stiller. Between Two Kings centers on a divorced dad with sole custody of his 11-year-old son who wind up moving in with the man's ailing father. The lead character, torn between a narcissistic father and demanding son, must still find time run a business and re-enter the dating scene.
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Dick Van Dyke will receive the Life Achievement Award at the 19th Annual SAG Awards.
"Dick is the consummate entertainer — an enormously talented performer whose work has crossed nearly every major category of entertainment," SAG-AFTRA Co-President Ken Howard said in a statement.
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Cast members Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis are reportedly bidding the show adieu after the end of the season, a source tells Us Weekly. "It will be a huge blow to the show," the insider tells the magazine. "Without Andy's video shorts and Kristen saving every skit, they'll need help!"
Alan Cumming is a perfect choice to host the 2011 Britannia Awards (Sunday at 8/7c on TV Guide Network). I mean, the man won a Tony Award for playing an emcee (for Cabaret in 1998)! Plus, the Scottish actor has other skills relevant to the gig — just ask him. "I'm a little bit cheeky and a little bit mischievous," he says. "I'm quite good on my feet."
It's a good thing too, because Cumming's packed schedule — including his ongoing gig on The Good Wife, which shoots in New York — made it difficult to find time to fly to Los Angeles to host the show, let alone prepare what he will say. "It kind of keeps me on my toes and kind of feels like doing theater without having to do a play for six months," he says. "I have no script yet, but I enjoy the last minute-ness of it."
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