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Sit Down, Shut Up -- An early look

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 17th 2009 5:02PM
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I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who has been breathlessly anticipating Sit Down, Shut Up (premiering on FOX Sunday at 8:30 PM ET), the newest series from Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz. SDSU is an animated series based on a live-action Australian show by the same name. It follows a group of under-performing teachers at a Florida high school.

The teachers are all flaky, disinterested in their students, and with the exception of Larry Littlejunk (Jason Bateman), highly under-qualified for their positions. An example? Miracle Grohe (Kristen Chenoweth), the science teacher, beat Larry out of the job by stripping off all her clothes and yelling, "I ain't come from no monkey!"

The humor manages to be both broad and subtle at the same time, much in the way Arrested Development managed to be. However, though Bateman himself calls this show an animated version of AD, that's overstating it a bit. Sit Down, Shut Up, is more like Arrested Development's annoying younger brother.

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Press Kits Unwrapped: Sit Down, Shut Up

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 16th 2009 10:04AM
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I don't know about you guys, but I've been super-excited about the premiere of Mitch Hurwitz's new animated show, Sit Down, Shut Up. It seems like I've been hearing about it forever, but it finally premieres this Sunday night on Fox. Recently, the screener came up for grabs, so naturally I jumped at it. What I didn't realize is that I would be getting the whole press kit with it.

All press kits are not created equal: I'd definitely enjoy a talking Barney bobblehead from How I Met Your Mother, but a busted picture of Eliza Dushku's face from Dollhouse really wouldn't do a whole lot for me. The press kit for Sit Down, Shut Up is kind of low-rent, but it is for a Mitch Hurwitz show on FOX. The low-rated Arrested Development didn't exactly make FOX a boatload of cash while it aired, so they're probably waiting to see how the ratings go for this one before they shell out any more dough on fancy tschotkes for the press.

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Jason Biggs heading to CBS?

by Jane Boursaw, posted Sep 5th 2008 10:02AM
Mitch Hurwitz and Jason BiggsAside from a couple of TV shows in the 1990s (Drexell's Class and Total Security -- ever heard of them?), most of Jason Biggs' career has been in the film industry -- most notably as Jim Levenstein in the American Pie series.

Now it looks like he might be headed back to TV with a CBS comedy about a family that "loves too much." He's in final negotiations to headline the as-yet-untitled project, which has received a pilot commitment and an order for six additional scripts.

The show revolves around adult siblings and their parents, all of whom are over-involved in each others' lives.

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Five greatest GOB moments (season three) - VIDEOS

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 13th 2008 12:19PM
GOBThis week TV Squad has been paying tribute to Arrested Development with special Retro Squad pieces. I decided that I would highlight my favorite character from the show, GOB. After watching several episodes of Arrested Development, I realized that I couldn't just narrow it down to the five greatest moments. I would have to do a list for each season.

You've already seen Five greatest GOB moments (season one) and Five greatest GOB moments (season two). After the jump, I have my favorite moments from season three.

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Former Simpsons producers are asked to Sit Down, Shut Up

by Richard Keller, posted May 1st 2008 3:05PM

Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein are teaming up for a new FOX animated seriesAs Bob reported earlier this week, FOX is considering a number of new animated series for its schedule. Most likely due to the fact that their new live-action series tend to, um, stink. One of those being considered is Sit Down, Shut Up, which may have an upper hand over its competitor The Pitts due to the creative talent behind the show.

I'm talking about Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein. Fans of The Simpsons would know these two as writers and executive producers of the show during its so-called golden years. Others may know them from their WB animated series Mission Hill and their sort-lived UPN live-action comedy The Mullets. Now they have been named executive producers on Sit Down, Shut Up. They will be taking the creative reigns from Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz, who wrote the first script and now wants to be in a more supervisory role.

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A series from Hurwitz and Oswalt? Perhaps.

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 20th 2007 11:02AM

patton oswaltMost folks probably know comedian Patton Oswalt as Spence on the recently-departed King of Queens, but us comedy fans have known him for even longer as a very funny man who stands up and does comedy. He was the mastermind behind the Comedians of Comedy tour, and he's done voice work for a few Adult Swim series, including Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Also, he plays the lead role in the upcoming Pixar flick, Ratatouille.

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NBC's Silverman has his eye on Hurwitz's rejected pilot

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 4th 2007 1:02PM

NBCThe Hollywood Reporter reports that The Thick of It, a new pilot from Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz that was rejected by ABC, may still have a fighting chance.

The Thick of It is based on a British series about folks working for a low-level congressman. The series boasts some amazing comedic talent, including John Michael Higgins, Oliver Platt, Alex Borstein, and Michael McKean. The pilot was also directed by Christopher Guest.

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Christopher Guest to direct ABC comedy pilot

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 26th 2007 7:41PM
christopher guestChristopher Guest has agreed to direct the pilot for The Thick of It, a comedy being created for ABC by Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz. The show is being adapted for an American audience from the popular British comedy by the same name. In Britain, it was about a member of Parliament who had to deal with inept politicians, a prime minister and other silly minions. I can only guess that the American version will take place in Congress?

According to his IMDB bio, Guest hasn't done much directing for television lately. He seems to stick to the "mockumentary" (he hates that word) movie genre that's heavy on improv, such as Best in Show and Waiting for Guffman.

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A fast Q&A with Mitchell Hurwitz of Arrested Development

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 14th 2006 1:05PM
Mitchell HurwitzAfter he participated in a hilarious NYTVF panel discussion with fellow showrunners Mike Scully and Phil Rosenthal, Mitchell Hurwitz, who was the executive producer of Arrested Development, was nice enough to give me a couple of minutes after he came off stage. Of course, the conversation had to do with his decision to end AD, even though Showtime was going to pick up the show for a fourth season. His responses were interesting.

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.

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Will Arnett: The TV Squad Interview

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 2nd 2006 11:43AM
Will Arnett as GOB BluthArrested Development might be gone -- for now -- but Will Arnett is still basking in the show's afterglow. Last month, Arnett, who played illusionist and ne'er-do-well "Gob" Bluth, was nominated for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on the defunct cult classic. In addition, the 36-year-old actor has been extremely busy shooting a number of different movies, from the Will Ferrell-starring comedy Blades of Glory to two projects being directed by Bob Odenkirk of Mr. Show.

The man was so busy, that I only had about twenty minutes to talk to him. But we were able to cover a lot of territory when we spoke, from his Emmy nod, to why he thought Arrested didn't make it, to the prospect of an AD movie. And, of course, he was very funny, even rolling with my lame jokes when I dared utter them.

The interview was conducted by phone on July 24.

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Arrested Development creator in talks for a movie

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 10th 2006 8:43PM
arrested developmentThere's a small glimmer of hope that we'll all see the Bluths again, and not just in reruns on DVDs. In an interview with TVGuide, actress Alia Shawkat ("Maeby") confirmed that there is talk of doing an Arrested Development movie. She didn't say a lot--probably because the interview was actually about her role in an upcoming Lifetime movie--but she did say that creator Mitch Hurwitz is in talks with Ron Howard about moving to the big screen. That was all hinted at in the series finale when Shawkat's character tried to sell the rights to the Bluth's story to Howard.

Would you like to see an Arrested Development movie... or is it just plain over?

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More AD news: Mitch Hurwitz walks away

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Mar 28th 2006 10:07AM

Arrested Development; FOX; Showtime; Mitch HurwitzWell this just sucks. I wake up, drink some coffee with a smile on my face, and then I read this. Variety is reporting that Mitch Hurwitz, the creator of Arrested Development, has decided to cut ties and walk away as showrunner should the program return for a fourth season. Unfortunately, that seems highly unlikely now because Hurwitz's involvement was apparently key to Showtime (the most interested party) reviving the series.

However, should the show return Hurwitz reportedly told executive producer (and narrator) Ron Howard that he would be willing to assist as a consultant. That's not so bad... but the show still needs to be picked up. So once again, it's all up in the air. It makes me wonder though. Would the show be as good without Hurwitz running it all?

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