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'Arrested Development' is Gold ... and Five Other Things Learned During Five Years At TV Squad

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 1st 2010 5:00PM
The cast of 'Arrested Development'
As I mentioned last week, today is the fifth anniversary of my first post on this site. Yes, I know -- I'm shocked that the post office isn't closed today, either. On November 1, 2005, I was still working as an IT guy who freelanced on the side, and I just wanted to find a place to write about one of my favorite topics: television. Thanks to a few fortuitous contacts (including our very own Bob Sassone, who's been here since close to day one) and an audition blog that no one read, I got a tryout.

Shockingly, my first post post was about 'Arrested Development.' I guess times don't really change all that much, as the topic of 'AD' is a hot one on the interwebs even today: David Cross reversed field from when he told me in April that an 'AD' movie is "not going to happen", now telling EW.com that an outline is done and "I know the story (Mitch Hurwitz and company) have in mind, and it's great."

So, if there's anything I've learned in my five years here is that 'Arrested Development' will be newsworthy until the end of time. But here are five other things I've learned since writing that original post, a time when I've done everything from editing posts to poring through the comments to asking William Shatner about interviewing Lee Boyd Malvo.

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'Arrested Development' Costume: Never-Nude Tobias Fünke

by Ryan McKee, posted Oct 23rd 2010 5:00PM
How to dress up like Tobias Fünke from 'Arrested Development' for Halloween

The Costume: 'Arrested Development's' Dr. Tobias Fünke (David Cross) suffers from the extremely rare "never-nude" syndrome. He must wear very short jean cutoffs at all times to prevent anyone from ever seeing his pelvic region.

What You'll Need: Before choosing this costume, consider the weather forecast for Oct. 31st or make sure you'll be at an indoor party all night. This outfit won't protect you from the elements. It also lends very little to the imaginable so you cannot be easily embarrassed. That said, if you go through with it, people will give you bravery points all night.

Take an old pair of jeans, the more worn-out the better, put them on and mark a line three to six inches down from the top of your legs. Remove the paints and cut along the line with a pair of shears to detach the legs. Make it as jagged as possible because the more strings that hang down, the better.

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Top 5 Celebrity Narrators in Television History

by Brad Trechak, posted Oct 18th 2010 2:55PM
Arrested DevelopmentThey're heard, but not seen. TV show narrators have set the scene for viewers for decades, their familiar voices cluing us into what to expect (or how to react) to certain plot developments. And more often than not, these off-screen narrators are well-known celebrities -- making their comments and asides all the more familiar and comforting.

While compiling a list of our five favorite celebrity narrators, only two stipulations were used: First, this list only deals with scripted american programming. Documentaries don't count, nor do any overseas imports. Second, the narrator in question can not have appeared on screen as a regular character on the series (although in some instances, the narrator is a future version of the main character, played by a different actor).

That being said, here are our five ...

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Bluth Alert! Watch All of 'Arrested Development' Season 2 Online

by Brad Trechak, posted Oct 3rd 2010 5:00PM
Arrested Development Season 2If you have never watched 'Arrested Development' before, the excuses for not doing so are becoming fewer and further between.

Hulu recently made the entirety of the second season available for streaming at your leisure to enjoy the further misadventures of the Bluth family.

If you want to catch more of Michael Cera before he became a movie star (yet playing the same character), here's your chance.

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Will Arnett Is 'Running Wilde' Again

by Bryan Reesman, posted Sep 28th 2010 5:00PM
Will ArnettWhile 'Running Wilde,' the latest show from 'Arrested Development' writers Mitch Hurwitz and Jim Vallely has had a modest start, the response from fans has been "unbelievable," according to star Will Arnett. And if those fans stick around, they may just see more 'Arrested Development' cast members pop up on the new show.

The actor/producer caught up with TV Squad at the the New York Television Festival to discuss the evolution of the series, which airs Tuesdays at 8:30PM ET on Fox.

"Our goal is eventually to have every person on 'Arrested Development' come on the show," quipped Arnett. "That's actually our secret goal that we've laughed about for a long time."

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Could a New ABC Family Series Be the Long-Awaited 'Arrested Development' Sequel in Disguise?

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 16th 2010 7:00PM
Alia ShawkatThat 'Arrested Development' movie might be a long time coming, but after reading about a new series ABC Family is currently developing, it sounds like a TV sequel is more likely.

The ABC Family show, called 'What Would Jane Do, is described as a drama about a high school girl who, due to a case of mistaken identity, leads a secret double life as a high-powered career woman. We have two suggestions on how to make that show a success -- or, actually, on how to make that show last three wonderful but under-watched seasons, turning it into a cult favorite with a rabidly devoted following: cast Alia Shawkat in the lead and call it 'Marry Me.'

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News Roundup: 'CSI' Creator Anthony Zuiker Returns to Series, Weezer Pays Tribute to 'Lost' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 9th 2010 6:00PM
Anthony Zuiker'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' creator Anthony Zuiker has returned to the writers' room for the CBS show's 11th season.

Zuiker has not had a direct presence in day-to-day operations on 'CSI' for about five years, instead working on other projects and spin-off shows. According to Vulture, CBS executives and 'CSI' showrunner Carol Mendelsohn wanted to bring Zuiker back to the mothership show for an injection of bizarre stories that made the show watercooler material in its earlier seasons.

An upcoming episode of the show will feature a werewolf/vampire convention.

Weezer's new album 'Hurley' will feature a photo of 'Lost' star Jorge Garcia on the cover. Garcia played the lovable Hurley on the hit ABC show. Check out the full cover and the story behind it on Spinner.

Wayne Brady is heading back to 'How I Met Your Mother.' The host of 'Let's Make a Deal' is reprising his role of James, Barney's brother. Look for Ben Vereen to play Brady's father. According to TV Guide Magazine, the duo will appear in the second episode of this upcoming season.

Megan Boone has joined the cast of 'Law and Order: Los Angeles.' Boone, who had a part in 'Sex and the City 2,' will play an ADA. According to Deadline Hollywood, Boone's character will be the ADA under Terrence Howard's DDA.

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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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More Recasts for Fox's 'Running Wilde'

by Chris Jordan, posted Jul 29th 2010 6:45PM
'Running Wilde,' the upcoming Fox comedy powered by 'Arrested Development' alumni, is running through yet another round of changes before the series airs in September. The show features Will Arnett as Steve Wilde, a spoiled rich guy who falls in love with his do-gooder childhood ex, Emily Kadubic, played by Keri Russell.

Today's news revealed that two characters from the original pilot have been recast. Mel Rodriguez ('Big Love') is set to replace Joseph A. Nunez as Wilde's dutiful friend/driver. The other recasting is slightly more complicated, since Jayne Houdeyshell's part as Wilde's head of security/ex-nanny has been rewritten and will now feature Robert Michael Morris ('The Comeback') as an ex-"manny."

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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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Back From the Dead: Shows We Want Revived

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jul 1st 2010 4:00PM
Freaks and Geeks
Everybody has one, the show that was canceled too soon. You fall in love with a series, but the general public doesn't and then the giant axe comes-a-fallin'. You write to the network, you send nuts, candy bars, photos, whatever, you start an online petition and everything prove futile.

But, shows have beat cancellation years after they were buried! 'Futurama' recently rose from the dead, so why can't our favorite canceled series also get a reprieve?

We named the ones we miss the most and why, plus a pitch to get them back (some more serious than others).

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10 TV Characters Who Need a Spin-off Series

by Ryan McKee, posted Jun 13th 2010 5:00PM

This summer's return of 'True Blood', 'Entourage' , 'Rescue Me', 'Mad Men' and 'Weeds' has us excited, but worried. Some of these series are winding down and some kill off characters without warning. What will become of our favorite characters? We've recently lost so many and we still haven't gotten over some losses from the past.

If 'Family Guy' can spin off 'The Cleveland Show' and 'Battlestar Galactica' can birth 'Caprica,' then these 10 (or 11) characters deserve their own spin off series.

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Jason Bateman Thinks the 'Arrested Development' Movie is Still Alive. Really?

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 21st 2010 4:02PM
Jason BatemanPerhaps you folks saw the tidbit from the LA Times late last week where Jason Bateman was asked to respond to David Cross, who told me in an interview last week that the 'Arrested Development' movie is "not going to happen."

Bateman took pains to not only say the movie was still on, but to say that "bloggers" made way too big a deal of Cross' opinion.

"I think he was simply saying, 'Who knows?' " he told the LA TImes. "He wasn't saying anything definitive, but a lot of people with blogs and whatnot, in the interest of making a splash headline, stretched things a bit."

Yeah, those damn bloggers. Always quoting people directly and then reporting on it. How dare they!

Here's the flaw in Jason's argument: We already knew that this was just David Cross' opinion. Neither I nor any of the other "bloggers" who wrote about this presented it as anything but.

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TV 101: My Strange Hate For The Word-Of-Mouthers

by Jay Black, posted Apr 14th 2010 11:02AM
That's what all married men look like. Get it, because he's blue? Shut up.'Treme' premiered this week, but I was traveling and couldn't watch it. My plan had been to use HBO Go, but apparently "high speed internet" in Nacogdoches, TX really is just a system of tubes in the ground. The only site I could reliably connect to was a wholesale belt-buckle emporium.

Not seeing the show isn't a worry; 2010 might not have flying cars, but damned if we don't have a plethora of options for watching a show we missed. I'll eventually find it online, on demand, or on one of the approximately 419 identical HBOs that all have different names for some reason.

The only real worry I have is that if I wait too long to watch 'Treme', it'll be 'Friday Night Lights', 'The Wire' or 'Arrested Development' all over again. I'm scared that the word-of-mouthers will find out I'm not watching and they'll start annoying the living hell out of me.

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