James Lipton and Jessica Walter, Arrested Development
Arrested DevelopmentPoor Michael. What keeps him going in this futile mission to keep his family together? And what makes him think they need his help? Without his meddling, they always seem to come together while following their selfish pursuits. Lindsey and Tobias are reunited as his vanity-pleasing, deadly hair plugs have given her a new cause célèb, graft versus host, for which to hold benefits and attract sympathy — and even Gob got to show off the magic of home-video editing at the gala. (Gob: "It sounds like a tennis match between Stephi Graff and Happy Days star Donnie Host." Narrator Ron Howard: "It's Most.") Though he meant for his pet turtle to make Lucille jealous, Buster reconnected with his "uncle-father" Oscar instead — thanks to the turtle'
Ready for your daily irony supplement? In revealing that Kitchen Confidential has slung its last hash, Fox announced that starting tonight, its 8:30 pm/ET time slot would be filled by... the already-screwed (and infinitely superior) Arrested Development. But wait, there's more: Though the network condemned Kitchen, it has ordered another comedy pilot from two of its writer/producers, for a series called The Adventures of Big Handsome Guy and His Little Friend, which, contrary to popular belief, is not about me and Michael Ausiello but about real-life pals Jason Weiner and Hayes MacArthur.
Question: After watching this past week's hilarious episode of Fox's Kitchen Confidential, I am officially hooked on the show. At first, it felt raw and unfocused, with mediocre scripts, but the show has been getting better and better and the characters have become more defined and comfortable with their roles. It seems to have a lot of potential, with the interesting setting inside of a top New York restaurant, and with the zany, roguish, flawed characters and the many story possibilities that come with a new batch of patrons every night. Sexy, edgy 30-minute comedies like this are rare, and most are just retreads of the same old idea. With Fox's announcement of the show's cancellation, is there any chance that the show will be picked up by another network or reupped if the ratings get better and the DVD sells (à la Family Guy)? Even if there isn't, I would like your take on why shows with a great premise, luxurious setting and sexy cast aren't nurtured by the networks. It seems that ...
Question: I know CBS has won every week of the season. I bet they'll win every week until ABC's Bowl season starts. I bet they'll also win every week, with the exception of the Super Bowl week and the two weeks of the Olympics. Should CBS really celebrate this? Of course! However, once people get tired of the crime dramas, the whole schedule will collapse. I mean, they have nine procedurals on their schedule (excluding Saturday repeats of, you guessed it, more procedurals), so it's bound to happen. I hope that it does. I can't even watch CSI anymore because of how much I now hate procedurals. But to my question: Do you think that the same thing that happened to ABC with its multiple airings of Millionaire will happen to CBS? If so, when? Because I can't wait!
Answer: I'm not quite as bloodthirsty about the prospect as you seem to be. But to me the most depressing outcome of the season so far has not been the cancellations of promising shows like Threshold and Just Legal (most of the
It will be a family reunion when Family Ties alum Justine Bateman guest-stars on kid brother Jason's Arrested Development. In the Jan. 9 episode, Justine will play Nellie Bluth, a woman Michael suspects may be a long-lost sister of his, so he hires her to consult at the family biz. Then, says Fox's press release, Nellie's "hands-on" tactics catch Michael off guard, leading me to worry that we're gonna have some Angelina Jolie-and-her-brother thing happenin'. But I could be wrong.
Jason and Justine Bateman
It will be a family reunion when Family Ties alum Justine Bateman guest-stars on kid brother Jason's Arrested Development. In the Jan. 9 episode, Justine will play Nellie Bluth, a woman Michael suspects may be a long-lost sister of his, so he hires her to consult at the family biz. Then, says Fox's press release, Nellie's "hands-on" tactics catch Michael off guard, leading me to worry that we're gonna have some Angelina Jolie-and-her-brother thing happenin', but I could be wrong. Let's just hope Justine doesn't forego the underwear these days.
Charlize Theron, Arrested Development
Arrested DevelopmentAnyone else get the sense that the writers were already getting nostalgic tonight? Not that I wasn't, too. If we're crying on the inside while watching the show's dying breath, we might as well get to laugh on the outside at some of its great recurring jokes. When Michael announced his wedding plans, George Sr. and Lucille reacted the same way they all did to George Michael's ex, Ann: "Who?" Then there was Lindsey imitating Lucille's scary wink. And my personal favorite was Gob's good-natured, "Look at Banner, Michael!" and the banner that said, "Michael Love Marry." As for new jokes, I loved the references to the actors'/characters' past: Lucille was apparently once a waitress at Stuckey's; Buster got his hook stuck when dancing to "Mr. Roboto" in the stair car,
Question: In a recent column you asked someone to explain The War at Home to you. I can explain it in one sentence. It's between The Simpsons and Family Guy.
Answer: Good point. But The Simpsons lead-in didn't really help Arrested Development, did it? (Still, that was before Family Guy returned to Sundays last May.) It's kind of reminiscent of when NBC used to be able to get away with putting any old junk between its hit Thursday comedies. Hope this eventually backfires on Fox as well.
[Editor's Note: If you missed Friday's column, you'll find it here.]
ReunionOK, people. Didn't I politely ask all of you to watch Reunion? Well, ya didn't listen to me. Now the show's coming to an early end. It's bad enough that I'm already mourning the demise of Arrested Development. Now I gotta start letting go of Reunion, too. Now word has it that we'll get a resolution to this whole mystery of who killed Sam. Here's to hoping that comes true. That said, let's move on to the Thanksgiving celebration.
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- So Jenna’s “married” to big-time action-movie star Jake Terrance. When I first saw that he was going to be joining the “six musketeers” for dinner, I was wondering if he would hit on Wil
Clockwise, from bottom: Carla Gugino, Brian Van Holt, Charles S. Dutton, Brent Spiner, Rob Benedict, Peter Dinklage, Threshold
Question: I realize that all four major television networks share the common need for ratings and for money from advertisers, so the fact that they cancel shows left and right whenever one of them isn't getting them much in either of those areas shouldn't come as a surprise. However, it is hard to understand their reasoning when your favorite shows so often get canceled or indefinitely postponed. Threshold has been stopped officially, and the new episode scheduled for Tuesday didn't air. I made a commitment before the fall schedule began to watch at least one of the many new supernatural thrillers. I chose Invasion on your recommendation, but after a while, Threshold pulled me in. I saw all the episodes from beginning to end and I loved them. I liked it even more than I did Invasion. Now it's getting canceled. It's not surprising, but it's so disappointing. Alias is gone after this season (no shocker there, but still). Arrested Development: gone. Kitchen Confidential: gone. It's ...