Jeffrey Tambor and Jason Bateman
"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.
Mitch Hurwitz, you were wrong.
A few days before Arrested Development's fourth season premiered on Netflix, the showrunner said that fans shouldn't binge-watch all 15 episodes in one go. Since I'm such a rebel (and one with zero patience), I did so anyways, and Mitch should be grateful.
Come May 26, Pop Pop won't be the only one to get a treat. After a seven-year hiatus, Arrested Development returns Memorial Day weekend on Netflix. Unfortunately, not everyone has the time to watch all three seasons in anticipation, but we think 10 episodes is completely doable (they are only 22 minutes each, after all). Here are the most essential episodes to watch before Season 4:
CBS announced its new fall schedule Wednesday, moving drama Hawaii Five-0 to Fridays, Person of Interest to Tuesdays, and introducing a two-hour comedy block on Thursdays.
New comedies We Are Men and Mom, starring Anna Faris and Allison Janney, will follow How I Met Your Mother and 2 Broke Girls, respectively, on Mondays. New drama Hostages will take over Hawaii Five-0's Mondays-at-10 berth in the fall, with Intelligence, starring Josh Holloway, replacing it midseason after Hostages concludes its run. Hawaii Five-0 heads to Fridays at 9/8c.
On the next Arrested Development ...
Michael (Jason Bateman) is looking to make a new start, Buster (Tony Hale) is plagued with night terrors, Gob (Will Arnett) is still performing tricks illusions, and Lindsay (Portia de Rossi) is doing a poor job of trying to convince her husband Tobias (David Cross) that she still loves him. All that according to the newly unveiled trailer for Season 4 of the cult comedy, which premieres on Netflix Sunday, May 26, with 15 new episodes released simultaneously.
Will Arnett, Jason Bateman
"The Bluths are in real deep doo-doo." So says Jeffrey Tambor, George Bluth himself, summing up the fourth season of Arrested Development at the show's April 30 premiere screening at Hollywood's famed TCL Chinese Theatre. The show, which follows the ridiculous exploits of the dysfunctional family, was revived by Netflix after being canceled by Fox in 2006.
Imagine a world in which the NFL, the NBA and Major League Baseball all decided to move their seasons to the same time of year. It would be chaos, for fans and the professional sports business alike. And yet, in television, that's essentially what happens during pilot season.
The broadcast networks traditionally order pilots during the first few months of the year. From there, it's a race to find the best actors, hire a crew, build sets and produce a show before May, when the upcoming fall schedules are announced. The field has always been crowded, but this spring, several cable networks and online retailer-turned-programmer Amazon are also developing new shows that they hope will go to series (cable networks typically produce pilots throughout the year, usually avoiding the spring).
Hello, friends and bannermen. Game of Thrones is winging its way to our TVs faster than a raven, and just like our dark-feathered friends, it brings ominous tidings. But before Season 3 kicks off on Sunday (9/8c, HBO), let's get the Thrones conversation going.
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This weekly chat series is for fans of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books, upon which HBO's fantasy drama is based. It's meant to be a safe haven to discuss spoilers...
Up All Night
NBC's Up All Night should have been a hit. The show came with a strong comedy pedigree: It starred Christina Applegate, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph and was produced by Saturday Night Live don Lorne Michaels. At the center was what seemed to be a relatable premise for the young adults watching the network's upscale comedies: a hip, young couple adjusts to life with a baby.
But two years after creator Emily Spivey shot the pilot (then called Alpha Mom), Up All Night is all but gone, suffering the death of a thousand tinkers. A heavily touted plan to morph the show into a multi-camera sitcom is now mostly abandoned, and some of the outlandish ideas bandied about for the revamp (including one idea involving rock star...
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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Stiller guest-starred in Seasons 2 and 3 of the beloved cult comedy as a...