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'Arrested Development' Coming Back to TV

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 2nd 2011 8:30PM
'Arrested Development' is coming back to TV. Seriously! Maybe.

Speaking Sunday at the New Yorker Festival, series creator Mitch Hurwitz announced he has been working on one final TV season of the cult comedy that would lead into the long-rumored movie.

Still, it doesn't seem quite like a done deal. According to the New York Times, Hurwitz said they were "80% of the way towards an answer" on the movie, and that 'Arrested' narrator Ron Howard was helping to get it done.

Hurwitz elaborated further: "We don't completely own the property, there are business people involved and studios and that kind of thing. Just creatively, I have been working on the screenplay for a long time and found that as time went by, there was so much more to the story. In fact, where everyone's been for five years became a big part of the story. So in working on the screenplay, I found even if I just gave five minutes per character to that back story, we were halfway through the movie before the characters got together."

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Mitch Hurwitz Helpfully Shares How to Get a TV Show Canceled

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 15th 2011 3:30PM
Mitch Hurwitz'Arrested Development' creator Mitch Hurwitz is an expert in creating quirky comedies that develop cult followings. Unfortunately, he's also well-versed in getting those beloved comedies canceled quicker than you can say "banana stand."

Want to be just like Hurwitz when you grow up? The writer, who was also behind the recently canceled 'Running Wilde,' gave the U.K.'s Guardian a list of handy rules to follow to ensure the opposite of success for the TV show you're creating. Follow his tips and your show is guaranteed to fail.

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'Running Wilde' Premiere Moment: Emmy Moves In to Make Steven a Better Man (VIDEO)

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 22nd 2010 9:40AM
Keri Russell and Will Arnett in the pilot for 'Running Wilde' on FOXIt's hard to imagine that talents such as Mitch Hurwitz and Will Arnett could get together and make something as unfunny as 'Running Wilde.' But it's even more unbelievable to think that, even though half the cast was changed from the original pilot and 80% of the scenes were re-shot, the version of the pilot that ran last night (the show airs Tuesdays at 9:30ET on FOX) ended up being even worse than what critics saw in the spring.

It's hard to put my finger on what's wrong. Yes, the show evokes memories of Hurwitz's 'Arrested Development,' with some of the same asides, throwaway jokes, and absurdist elements 'AD' had. They don't fly as fast and furious, mainly because 'Wilde' is more about the relationship between Steven Wilde (Arnett) and Emmy Kadubic (Keri Russell) and not a big messy family like in 'AD.' But a lot of times, those jokes fall flat, which is what we see in the final scene of the pilot, where Emmy decides to move in with Steven in order to make him a better man.

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The 'Arrested Development' Movie News Cycle Is Getting Silly

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 3rd 2010 8:02PM
Mitch Hurwitz speaking at the 'Running Wilde' panel at the Summer 2010 TCAsAs a guy who writes about television, I've reached a dilemma with this whole 'Arrested Development' movie story.

Sure, I want to see the movie happen. I was a big fan of the show when it was on Fox, and I'd love to revisit the Bluths in the darkness of a movie theater.

But I don't want to hear about it anymore.

Every time creator Mitch Hurwitz or someone from the cast gets asked about it, their answer gets splashed all over the interwebs as if health care reform was passed all over again. Even if someone says "I don't know" or "Beats me," it gets linked to on entertainment portals everywhere. Not even the second 'Star Wars' trilogy got this much attention.

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Arnett and Hurwitz Are Determined to Improve 'Running Wilde' - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 2nd 2010 6:02PM
Will Arnett and Mitch Hurwitz during the 'Running Wilde' session at the Summer 2010 TCAs
Maybe Mitch Hurwitz is cashing in on the goodwill he gained from the critics during the run of 'Arrested Development.' Or maybe he's just not a BSer. It doesn't really matter; what matters is that both Hurwitz and Will Arnett were honest with the gathered critics about what they felt was wrong with the pilot for their new FOX show 'Running Wilde,' and what they're trying to do to fix it.

The honesty parade started last night, as Arnett and co-star Keri Russell attended a network pre-registration event for the critics. Arnett told me that with the original pilot, "we had a very limited shooting schedule and a very limited post-production schedule. We had very little time to do what we wanted to do."

Now that the show's been picked up, though, they've had time to fix some things.

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Pilot Watch: 'Running Wilde'

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 15th 2010 1:07PM
Keri Russell and Will Arnett in 'Running Wilde' on FOXFrom now into August, we're going to be taking a quick look at the fall and mid-season pilots that the networks sent to critics after their upfront presentations.

Keep in mind that in each case, our opinions are based on a pilot that could be completely recast and reworked between now and the fall.

Show: 'Running Wilde'
Network: Fox
Timeslot: Tuesdays, 9:30PM ET


The lowdown: Steve Wilde (Will Arnett) is the spoiled son of an oil tycoon, and he's never done anything in his life that he would consider a good deed. His only friends are his nanny/head of security Gertie (Jayne Houdyshell) and his driver Migo (Joe Nunez). When Emily Kadubic (Keri Russel), an environmental activist who also used be a high school flame of Steve's, re-enters his life, Steve thinks he can use this opportunity to become a better person as well as rekindle a romance with "the one that got away." Meanwhile, Emily thinks that helping Steve might be the best way of fighting his dad's evil oil company. Facilitating this reunion is Emily's daughter Puddle (Stefania Owen), who's tired of living in rainforests and just wants to settle somewhere for awhile.

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Spring TV: Which Pilots Will Crash and Burn?

by Stephanie Earp, posted Mar 23rd 2010 5:32PM


There are two groups of people who get really excited about pilot season: L.A. actors hoping for a break and television writers. Being a member of the latter category, I admit to a tingly feeling creeping over me as word of the shows in development at all the big networks are starting to leak out. While most people are attributing feelings of renewal to the change in the weather, I'm happily anticipating what J.J. Abrams has in store for us this fall.

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Debra Messing Will Be All 'Wright vs. Wrong'

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 4th 2010 9:29AM
debra_messing_hand_face_smileGrace is ready to try again. Actress Debra Messing has signed for a new television show called 'Wright vs. Wrong,' a sitcom for ABC, and if you think this is going to be anything like 'Will & Grace,' think again. (Although if they're smart, it better be just as funny!)

The premise of the pilot for 'Wright vs. Wrong' is that Debra plays Evelyn Wright, a strong-minded, ambitious political personality who espouses the conservative, right-wing agenda. However, while she has this tough, conservative personality for the public, behind the scenes she's consumed by her foibles and flaws.

So she's half-Grace Adler, the flawed, foibled part. Grace's politics, at least what she tried to articulate in her goofy way, was of the liberal lefty variety.

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Arrested Development news that isn't about the movie: IFC to air series

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Oct 20th 2009 5:01PM
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It seems these days when anyone talks about Arrested Development, the conversation inevitably turns to the still up-in-the-air film sequel -- something that's proven to be more elusive than finding your own Cornballer. Last we heard, the film was actually in development (a term that only loosely means what it's supposed to in Hollywood), but in the meantime, though, there is some good news - IFC has picked up the off-network rights to Arrested Development.

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Hurwitz and Arnett hoping third time is the charm for new comedy

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 13th 2009 11:06AM
Will Arnett & Amy PoehlerArrested Development was a critical darling that managed three seasons of low ratings before FOX pulled the plug. Creator Mitch Hurwitz reunited with AD star Will Arnett for this past season's animated disaster Sit Down, Shut Up.

Now, they're reuniting with AD co-executive producer Jim Vallely for a third shot. This one's a live-action single camera comedy on FOX starring Arnett as a jackass. It's off to a good start; Arnett plays jackass very well.

The premise: Arnett is rich Beverly Hills stock and falls in love with a tree-hugger who hates him and every shallow thing he stands for. Just for being live-action, I think this one has potential. Arnett is waiting for the right vehicle to make him a star, and we already know what Hurwitz is capable of. Could this be their pot of ratings gold?

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Fox won't even air Sit Down, Shut Up's finale

by Jason Hughes, posted May 13th 2009 9:03AM
Sit Down, Shut Up
Fox must be really disappointed in this show. Not only is it incredibly unlikely to get a renewal beyond this horrible first season, but now Fox won't even air Sit Down, Shut Up's finale this weekend. Instead, they're going with a rerun of already canceled King of the Hill. While Fox is notorious for yanking a show before it gets a chance to find its audience, I think it's safe to say that Sit Down, Shut Up had found about as much audience as it was going to.

In four short episodes, it managed to undo all the work that Fox had done in the past two decades proving that quality animation could be made for prime time. I don't know why the formula didn't work, but I think Mitchell Hurwitz would have been better off trying it live action, like the Australian original.

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Sit Down, Shut Up: World's Greatest Teacher

by Kona Gallagher, posted May 4th 2009 12:22AM
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(S01E03)
I'm still not completely sure what I think about Sit Down, Shut Up yet. This is the third episode, and this is what I have so far: it's funny enough that if I were flipping channels and came across it, I'd keep it on FOX, but if I didn't have to review it, I wouldn't set my DVR.

This week's episode, in which Knob Haven High was up for a distinguished school award, definitely had its funny moments -- the very end where Ennis realizes that he slept with Miracle's mother made me chuckle. However, it wasn't consistent enough to keep my mind from wandering in the middle. I had to rewind a couple of times because I completely spaced out and missed a few scenes.

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Now you'll be Sitting Down at 7 PM

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 28th 2009 9:10AM
Sit Down Shut UpIn a move that should come as no surprise to anybody, Fox has shifted the air time for the new Mitch Hurwitz animated comedy Sit Down, Shut Up to 7PM, also known as the "Sunday Night Fox Animated Death Slot." Given the startlingly low ratings the series has gotten in its first two weeks, I can only wonder if anybody will even notice.

Seriously, I watched the premiere (which we reviewed here on TV Squad) and honestly, the rumors are true. The show is cute and quirky (it would probably do well on Adult Swim), but it doesn't have the right kind of funny for Fox Sunday night animation.

In an even bigger insult, Fox is switching the cartoon with its timeslot predecessor King of the Hill, which is now in its final season on the network. It says something when Fox offers greater support to a show that they know won't be back (which, at this stage, now includes Sit Down, Shut Up).

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Sit Down, Shut Up off to a bad start

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 20th 2009 3:03PM
Sit Down Shut UpWhat do you call an animated show whose premiere is sandwiched between two other highly-rated animated shows yet still manages to be third in its timeslot? You could call it a lot of things. You could call it "poor" or "slow". You know what I call it? A one-season show.

Seriously, I watched the premiere of Sit Down, Shut Up (and it was reviewed here on TV Squad), and while I thought some bits were funny, I don't see it lasting more than a season on Fox, if that. This is a network that is quick to pull the plug on many quirky shows (including Hurwitz's previous work, Arrested Development).

I could be wrong. Arrested Development lasted three seasons and animated shows are only a fraction of the budget of live-action ones. If his last show is any indicator, Sit Down, Shut Up is probably one of those shows that rewards loyal viewers with various Easter eggs and hidden double-meanings. Hopefully Fox will give it time.

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Sit Down, Shut Up: Pilot (series premiere)

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 19th 2009 9:31PM
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(S01E01) I still stand behind the early look of Sit Down, Shut Up I did a few days ago: the pilot was underwhelming. For everything that works about it, there seem to be at least two things that don't. However, before I did this review, I decided to watch the pilot again, so it would be fresh in my mind. What I found is that the show definitely grows on you.

While I didn't really laugh at all the first time through, re-watching it allowed me to pick up on some of the more subtle things that I missed. That, combined with the fact that I've seen the second episode, which is much better, really made me appreciate this episode more.

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