Top 5 Clips of the Week: The Situation Smooches Snooki, 'Glee Project' Kid Walks Out on Ryan Murphy, Bateman Talks 'Arrested Development' Movie & More (VIDEO)
What a wonderful week it was on the TV. 'The Jersey Shore' returned in Italy, and quickly developed a Snooki-Situation situation. Jason Bateman talked about the 'Arrested Development' movie and then told us not to. A 'Glee' spin-off got put on hold as a 'Glee' project kid walked out on Ryan Murphy. Lewis Black finally made fun of Sarah Palin. And Kathie Lee wished death on all in-laws. Let's get to the videos. After you check them out, vote for your favorite of the week.
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.
Comedian David Cross, who played mustachioed, "never nude" Tobias Fünke on 'Arrested,' has joined the cast of Hurwitz's new Fox series 'Running Wilde,' starring former 'AD' co-star Will Arnett.
According to TV Guide, Cross will appear on the show's first seven episodes.
'Wilde' centers on the budding relationship between Steve Wilde (Arnett), a spoiled and selfish man-child and son of an oil tycoon, and Emily Kabdubic (Keri Russell), an environmental activist and Steve's old high school flame.
Keri Russell has signed on to the show to play Arnett's love interest, according to Michael Ausiello at Entertainment Weekly. Arnett will play a rich, selfish guy who falls in love with Russell's down-to-Earth character. James Vallely, one of the writers of 'Arrested Development,' is writing this show too.
We've talked about a lot of pilots and pilot casting recently and most of them we'll never hear about again (most pilots don't even make it to the air). But this is one show I can actually picture on the FOX schedule.
Life is depressing. Wake up. Maybe eat some breakfast. Take a shower. Go to work. Eat dinner. Go to bed. Rinse and repeat. Fortunately for us slobs, the glory of television has afforded us numerous opportunities over the years to break up the monotony, kick back, relax, and most importantly, laugh.
Clichéd as it sounds, it really is the best medicine, because even though you overslept your alarm, your boss was a jerk, and you stepped in gum while waiting for the subway, going home and seeing Peter Griffin fart, Michael Scott talk like a fool, and Barney Stinson hit on some broad always makes it all better.
So take a load off, kick off your shoes, and undo your belt to allow for maximum belly jiggling while chortling -- here are TV Squad's picks for the best comedies of the past decade.
Does it seem like every other month there's some talk about the proposed Arrested Development movie? Perhaps that's because it's an idea that simply won't go away until the film is actually in theaters and fans of the Emmy-winning Fox series will finally be satisfied. Well, satisfaction may be just around the corner. The Arrested Development movie is really developing now. Creator Mitchell Hurwitz is at work on the screenplay -- working with co-executive producer James Vallely -- and the Bluths are creeping closer to big screen reality.
Bateman tells Collider.com that Mitch Hurwitz is still writing the script, and once that's done they have to get the scheduling of the filming down (which won't be easy with so many cast members).
The new show is Sit Down, Shut Up, an animated series that debuts April 19th at 8:30 PM, in between The Simpsons and Family Guy.
"It's funny, this is a show that I actually wrote in the year 2000, and it was an adaptation of a live-action show from Australia," Hurwitz said in a recent conference call. "I kind of kept it in the drawer for a long time, and finally brought it out, mostly because I needed money, which - I enjoy money, and I also use it for all sorts of different things in my life, but mostly for food and shelter."
But with the Arrested Development movie clawing its way inch-by-inch towards the big screen, Mitchell Hurwitz will at least have one other project on the horizon and on the very same network that tried to destroy him. Either he's showing he's a good guy and can take rejection in stride, or he's trying to bring down the place from the inside. You make the call.
Fox announced that Hurwitz's new show, Sit Down, Shut Up, will air sometime next fall. Critics also got an advance screening at the Television Critics Association conference last week.
It does look like that Arrested Development movie will get made at some point, some way, some how. But it's not a given that every single member of the cast will be in the film. There have been many reports that the only cast member holding out is Michael Cera, who played George Michael. Is it because he doesn't want to go back to something he already finished? Is it because he has a movie career (Superbad, Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist, Youth in Revolt, etc)?
Creator Mitchell Hurwitz puts an end to the stories and rumors in this interview with Fancast. He says that...uh, yeah, actually, Cera is the one holding up the film.
And you thought that all that business with the WGA strike was over.
The writers for the new animated FOX show Sit Down, Shut Up have walked out, saying they were misled by Sony Pictures. They thought that under the agreement reached a few months ago they would be represented by the Writer's Guild of America but Sony actually has them covered under the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. Under their rules, writers don't get all those things they fought for, including new media (online, DVD, etc) money or even residuals.
Yup, she's working.
Ellen DeGeneres crossed the picket line and went back to work hosting her TV talk show, and writers aren't happy about it at all. In the opening of her show today, she told the audience that she wasn't going to do a monologue and that she loves and supports the writers, but she wanted to go on with the show for the studio audience that had traveled a long way to see her show.
JK: I interviewed Will Arnett about a month ago, and he told me a lot of the same stuff you mentioned during the panel, that Arrested kept getting renewed because it kept getting awards and it would make FOX look bad to ax it.
Hurwitz: You know, I shouldn't be talking about this, because it really sounds like sour grapes. But it was a privilege. It was a privileged experience, and I know it was a privileged experience. But nonetheless, it's such a high-stakes thing, that when you're cancelled very late, and all that work, that it feels like it didn't turn into a profit, you know. But the more I get away from it, the more I realize that, no, they... they put it on the air.
Because of Tuesday night's festival kickoff party, I decided to sleep in a little yesterday. Because of that, I missed both a morning panel on the value of independent TV production, which included Doug Herzog, the president of Comedy Central. I also missed the screening for the first set of Drama pilots. But I did manage to catch the first batch of Reality pilots, the first batch of Comedy pilots, and a really funny panel discussion about the American family on TV.
Why was the panel hilarious? Because the three people on the panel were executive producers Mitchell Hurwitz of Arrested Development, Phil Rosenthal of Everybody Loves Raymond, and Mike Scully of The Simpsons. So no one was left unscathed joke-wise; even the creator of 7th Heaven was lovingly labeled a "whore."
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