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'Arrested Development's' David Cross Returns on the Premiere of 'Todd Margaret' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 4th 2010 1:15AM
'Arrested Development's' David Cross Returns on the Premiere of 'Todd Margaret'Fans of the cult sitcom 'Arrested Development' have been waiting years for a long-rumored film version of the show. But until that movie happens (if it ever does), 'AD' lovers will have to content themselves with the new series 'The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret' (Fri., 10PM ET on IFC).

The new comedy reunites David Cross and Will Arnett -- also known as Tobias Fünke and Gob Bluth on the late, lamented 'Arrested Development.' But 'Todd Margaret' shows off Cross as an entirely different character. (Arnett, on the other hand, acts like the same dude that he always plays -- not that there's anything wrong with that.)

Now, we'll have to see if the pair can resurrect their old comedy magic.

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

Cross stars as, well, Todd Margaret, a part-time office temp who's also a horrible liar. He works for Brent -- a profane, maniacal, and overbearing boss (played by Arnett, of course!). Brent accidentally overhears Todd reciting lines from a motivational CD ... and so comes to the mistaken conclusion that Todd is a passionate go-getter. Which really couldn't be more wrong.

Arnett sends Mr. Margaret to London, England. There, Todd is given the impossible task of selling a new energy drink named "Thunder Muscle." This energy drink is made in North Korea and is maybe (though not definitely) toxic and poisonous. So thus far, there are really only two problems with Todd's new assignment:

1) He's terrible at it.

No one in England wants to buy "Thunder Muscle"!

On the premiere episode, things go about as well as expected. Todd does his best to sell the drink, but just ends up insulting random English people, while getting cursed out and headbutted. Meanwhile, his new assistant Dave (Blake Harrison), sits back and laughs at him. It's all good clean comedy fun, in the classic 'Arrested Development' tradition.

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