Emmy season is upon us! For the next two weeks, voters will be checking off names and shows they think are worthy of getting a nomination come July 18. We at TVGuide.com have a few selections in mind ourselves. Next up: our dream ballot for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
Will Arnett is getting animated this fall.
Arnett has booked a guest-starring role on the upcoming 25th season of The Simpsons, TV Line reports.
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.
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).