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Our Holiday Gift Guide: Presents for Every TV Fan On Your List

by Maggie Furlong, posted Dec 1st 2011 11:00AM
I'm hard to shop for -- I fully admit that -- but the one way to my heart is with anything TV-related. Now that it's officially December, it's time to start putting up holiday decorations and brainstorming the perfect presents for everyone on your list ... even the picky people.

I've pulled together the best of the best holiday presents inspired by TV, including full series box sets of fan-favorite shows, a paperweight worthy of geek must-have status, a few books (yes, books) written by TV funny ladies and more gotta-have gear from the hottest comedies and dramas. There's something for all ages, all price ranges and all TV lovers.

So put your kids down for a nap in their leather jackets (you'll see), curl up with Big Joe (you'll love) and settle in for this epic list of TV-themed gifting goodness. Happy shopping!

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'Arrested Development' Is Back and Headed To Netflix

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 18th 2011 11:30PM
arrested development netflixIt's officially back! Five years after being canceled by Fox, the quirky cult comedy 'Arrested Development' will air its final season exclusively on Netflix. New episodes are slated to hit the video streaming site in the first half of 2013.

The news comes as a major victory for 'Arrested Development' fans, who for years have been clamoring for more of the Bluths. After its premature cancellation, the show's rabid fan-base sustained itself by watching re-runs on Hulu and dreaming of a movie. Now they're being rewarded for their patience with an extra season, too.

The deal is also a content coup for Netflix, the recently beleaguered streaming service. "For the first time in their histories, Twentieth Century Fox Television and Imagine Television will produce original first-run entertainment content for the world's leading internet subscription service, bringing back the acclaimed series to production on all new episodes five years after its cancellation," Netflix said in a statement.

Ron Howard, 'Arrested''s producer and narrator, tweeted, "Gotta warm up my throat and start practicing.... "it's Arrested....Development" Good news."

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Judy Greer Talks Ashton's New 'Two and a Half Men' Rival, Another Bluth for the 'Arrested Development' Movie & More

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 24th 2011 1:15PM
Judy GreerJudy Greer is one of those actresses that pops up in a million places at once, and always manages to elevate whatever she's doing with her quirky sensibilities and impeccable timing.

Her 'Two and a Half Men' character Bridget (the second character she's played on the show -- she's that good) is the one who left Ashton Kutcher's Walden Schmidt brokenhearted and forced to shack up with Alan and Jake Harper. This week (Mon., Oct. 24, 9PM ET on CBS), we'll meet Bridget's rebound man, played by 'True Blood' star Joe Manganiello.

Since Kutcher got naked for ratings in his big premiere, could the eternally shirtless Manganiello (we're not complaining) be stripping down for his big introduction, too? "He could, at the drop of a hat, take off his shirt and give Ashton a run for his money," Greer joked.

Greer also talked about the "fresher" new 'Men,' her upcoming film 'The Descendants' with George Clooney, where she thinks her 'Arrested Development' mess of a character Kitty Sanchez might be today and if she'll pop up in the much-anticipated 'AD' movie.

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Could the New 'Arrested Development' Season Head to Hulu?

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 5th 2011 11:00AM
'Arrested Development' movie rumors are so 2007. Rumors about the new season of 'Arrested Development' are all the rage now!

According to Vulture, Hulu is making a play for the recently announced mini-season that will lead up to the 'Arrested Development' film. Showtime and Netflix are also reportedly interested in the new project.

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The show is available on Hulu and Netflix to watch instantly, and a Vulture source says Hulu has seen more than 100 million streams on 'Arrested' content since 2008. After airing for three low-rated seasons on Fox, it's unlikely the series would air on the network or any of its cable sisters because of its limited run. The networks are all about establishing hits, and in that regard 'Arrested' already had its chance.

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'Arrested Development' Coming Back ... But On What Network?

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 3rd 2011 12:40PM
Arrested Development Reunion NetworkSure, the Internet continues to explode after Mitch Hurwitz's announcement about the new 'Arrested Development' series (we'll believe it when we see it) and movie, but one thing is missing. What network will the new season air on?

There is no network ... yet. Deadline reports 20th Century Fox TV has been in discussions with Netflix and Showtime about airing the planned series. Hurwitz announced the new series will have one episode focusing on each of the Bluth family members.

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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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David Cross Books Recurring Role on 'Modern Family'

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 2nd 2011 3:30PM
David CrossSo, it's not an 'Arrested Development' movie, but we're just as excited for David Cross' next project: a guest role on 'Modern Family.'

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cross will recur on 'Modern Family''s third season as a city councilman named Duane who goes toe-to-toe with Claire.

No other details on exactly when he'll show up or for how long -- or whether he'll sport denim cutoffs under his costume -- but that doesn't stop us from getting extremely excited for this casting news.

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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)

by Alex Moaba, posted Aug 6th 2011 12:30PM


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.

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Jason Bateman Is Frustated by the 'Arrested Development' Movie News Cycle (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 3rd 2011 10:10AM
Jason Bateman, 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'Jason Bateman understands that fans of 'Arrested Development' are hoping for any update on the status of a film continuation. While he doesn't mind answering the questions about it everywhere he goes, because he appreciates the enthusiasm, he explained on 'The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central) that he gets a little irritated by how the media handles those moments.

"Frustratingly, there's never really a significant update," he explained. "However, that doesn't stop the fringe media taking that ... writing a headline, 'Bateman Talks About "Arrested Development" and then you click through. [It reads,] 'There was no update.'"

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All in the Family: Incest on TV

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jul 26th 2011 4:00PM

I suppose it says something about where we're at with incest that I barely blinked when 'Game of Thrones' introduced us to Queen Cersei and her brother Jamie Lannister, only to show them in flagrante during the first 50 minutes of the show's premiere. If confronted with this sort of behavior from real people, I'm pretty sure I'd say more than, "But isn't that her twin brother? Ohhhhhh." But when it comes to fictional people, lately it seems like a little inter-genetic action is par for the course.

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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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'Arrested Development' Cast: Where Are They Now?

by Kim Potts, posted Feb 10th 2011 1:45PM
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It's been five years since the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning family comedy 'Arrested Development' left the airwaves, and, though we say this with a little grain of salt, it looks like the long-rumored big-screen version of the series is finally a go, maybe even for later this year.

And while we can't wait to see those wacky Bluths back in action, it's not like the cast members have been sitting around twiddling their thumbs since the 'Arrested Development' finale aired on Feb. 10, 2006. In fact, they've been a pretty busy bunch, including many projects in which they've continued to be co-stars ...

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'Arrested Development' Movie in 2011? Alex Kingston Joins 'Private Practice' and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 4th 2011 5:45PM
Arrested DevelopmentCould the mythical 'Arrested Development' movie get off the ground and make it to a theater near you this year? That's what creator Mitch Hurwitz seems to think.

In an interview with Digital Spy, Hurwitz said the movie plans are in motion.

"We've started that process and it is our sincere hope to shoot it this year and get it out this year," Hurwitz said. "That's what we're hoping, but a lot of things have to fall into place for that to happen."

That's what we've been hoping for years, Mitch. For now, let's just file this as another chapter in the ongoing saga of a movie that will probably never get made.

In other TV news ...

NBC has ordered two more pilots, a remake of 'Prime Suspect' and a Civil Warera drama. 'Prime Suspect' is a remake of the iconic British police drama starring Helen Mirren. NBC's version has Peter Berg attached as executive producer. 'The Crossing' follows a soldier who travels across country until he settles into a town and is welcomed as its savior. [Entertainment Weekly]

'Desperate Housewives' to end in 2013? That's creator Marc Cherry's plan. Cherry said the stars of the show are in negotiations and if all goes well, he anticipates ABC giving the series a two-season renewal with a 2013 finale. [TV Guide]

Alex Kingston is heading to 'Private Practice.' The 'Doctor Who' and 'ER' star will play Marla, a shrink, for multiple episodes. [TVLine]

Lauren Conrad's return to MTV isn't happening. The 'Hills' star was planning a new reality series following her life as she gets her fashion business off the ground, but Conrad told EW that MTV felt it was "too highbrow." Yep, TOO HIGHBROW. [EW]

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Snowed In? The Best TV Shows on DVD to Marathon From Your Couch

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Dec 28th 2010 9:00AM
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If you ask me, the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve is the best week of the year -- and probably not for the reasons you're thinking. Yes, most of us are still reveling in a post-holiday food/present/unresolved family tension coma in preparation for the new year, and I'm here to recommend embracing it: Turn it into a shrine to lethargy and sloth that would make Homer Simpson blush.

There's no other time during the year when you are expected to do less, so what better way to celebrate this time of lowered expectations than by hunkering down, bunker-style, armed with only Cool Ranch Doritos, a remote control, a helper monkey, and a bunch of complete seasons on DVD?

There is no better way, and there's no better time. People will be disappointed if you don't celebrate this period of unbridled self-indulgence. Here are some picks to get you started with what is soon to become tradition. Pass it on.

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Top 15 Christmas TV Episodes Ever

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 16th 2010 12:00PM
The Office
Our No. 1 choice for the best Christmas episode ever may not be a surprise -- any episode that involves the creation of a new, Christmas spin-off holiday has to rate a top spot! -- but countdown is designed to bring some ho-ho-ho holiday cheer to your celebration this season.

So, jump down off the aluminum pole, postpone that Airing of Grievances and recall these classic Christmas TV installments.

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