Applegate. Arnett. Sounds pretty cool, right? It gets better! The pilot comes from 'Parks and Recreation' writer Emily Spivey and producer Lorne Michaels. Also on board to star is 'Saturday Night Live' veteran Maya Rudolph.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Arnett will play stay-at-home husband to Applegate's sarcastic working wife/mom. Does this mean Arnett won't be taking over 'The Office'? Probably!
In other casting news ...
• 'Veronica Mars' actress Tina Majorino is heading to 'Bones.' Majorino will play Special Agent Genny Shaw. Her character will work alongside Booth in his hunt for the vigilante sniper. Her episode is scheduled for May 12. [TV Guide]
• 'Justified' star Margo Martindale is replacing S. Epatha Merkerson in a CBS medical drama pilot opposite Patrick Wilson. Martindale will play sassy assistant to Wilson's lead doctor character who gets guidance from his ex-wife from beyond the grave. [Deadline]
• 'True Blood' and 'The Good Wife' actor Denis O'Hare has been cast in FX's 'American Horror Story.' O'Hare will costar opposite Connie Britton in the new pilot from 'Glee' and 'Nip/Tuck' masterminds Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. O'Hare will play a mysterious burn victim they call "Larry the Burn Guy." [THR]
We reported earlier this week that both Ricky Gervais and Will Arnett will appear in the season 7 finale on May 19. Details of the finale have been sketchy, but Gervais let slip a few tidbits during an interview with BBC Radio 1 in the U.K.
Asked about the beard he's been sporting recently he said "I'm shaving it into a goatee because I'm popping up in the American 'The Office' ... But that was a top secret."
And, although NBC has so far refused to comment on which character will take over as full-time boss of the Scranton branch of Dunder-Mifflin, one U.K. newspaper is reporting that it is David Brent.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the episode is still being written so the roles are still taking shape.
Earlier this season Gervais reprised his role of David Brent from the UK version of 'The Office' and made a brief cameo opposite Steve Carell's Michael Scott. EW's source warned that viewers shouldn't assume Gervais or Arnett will play the new boss of Dunder Mifflin.
In other casting news ...
• Danny Bonaduce, Shannen Doherty and Barry Williams will star in new Syfy TV movies. Williams and Bonaduce will hunt Bigfoot and Doherty will star in 'Gretl' as the long lost sister of Hansel. Syfy is also prepping flicks about zombies and leprechauns. [TV Guide]
• Natasha Henstridge is heading to The CW's 'Secret Circle.' In the pilot, Henstridge will play the vice principal of New Salem High School, somebody who is familiar with the witch coven. [TVLine]
• Elizabeth Perkins will star opposite Michael Chiklis in CBS's 'Vince Uncensored.' The former 'Weeds' star will play Janet, a teacher and wife to Chiklis' Vince. The pilot follows Vince as he starts changing the way he lives his life after a medical problem. [Deadline]
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 ...
Could 'Running Wilde' be the next series to be consigned to the fall TV junkyard? Not if star Will Arnett has anything to say about it.
Arnett stars in the sitcom as an egocentric billionaire who tries to win back his high school sweetheart, played by Keri Russell. Following disappointing ratings, he has taken things into his own hands, and is urging fans to sign a petition to save the struggling series.
As reported by The Live Feed, Arnett turned to Twitter to gain support, and wrote, "Never done a grassroots effort, but let's save the effing show Running Wilde forever! Or five decent seasons, plus a 6th for Two And A Half Men $$ [money]."
He also expressed his gratitude to fans and exasperation at the viewing figures: "Thanks to everyone who signed the petition ... f**king ratings sucked ... I guess America hates jokes?"
The new comedy reunites David Cross and Will Arnett -- also known as Tobias Fünke and Gob Bluth on the late, lamented 'Arrested Development.' But 'Todd Margaret' shows off Cross as an entirely different character. (Arnett, on the other hand, acts like the same dude that he always plays -- not that there's anything wrong with that.)
Now, we'll have to see if the pair can resurrect their old comedy magic.
[Warning: Spoiler alert.]
The first thing they need to figure out is how to use David Cross, as Emmy's "militant" environmentalist fiance Andy, more often. The second thing they need to do is figure out how to give him more scenes with Arnett. They worked together well on 'Arrested Development,' they're funny together in 'The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret,' and they work well together here.
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."
Ironically, she was emphatic about the food they were tasting. "I did not make [it]!" she declared. But that's only because Russell could barely keep it down, while Arnett struggled visibly as well. It took a clue from Ray before a winner could be declared.
"Think pasta," she prodded, to ensure this segment didn't take up the rest of her show.
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.
The show's co-creator, Mitchell Hurwitz, created one of the most beloved comedies of all time, the absurd and wonderful 'Arrested Development.' 'Running Wilde' reunites him with former 'AD' actors Will Arnett and David Cross, so what could possibly go wrong?
A lot, it turns out.
Amy gave birth via a C-Section -- which is a very private fact that her husband was cool with mentioning on national TV. We're sure that Amy will be pleased. And here are some other unique and bizarre facts about Arnett's new son, as told to David Letterman ...
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.
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.
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'
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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