Arrested Development is coming to Netflix next month (May 26th) with 15 original half-hour episodes, so Entertainment Weekly threw some Bluths up on its latest cover. This will complete the fourth season of the cancelled Fox comedy which still has eyes on getting a feature film made. Be sure to hit the jump if you are on the main page to see the other two versions.
And the demise of Up All Night continues to be a story that plays out in the press on a nightly basis. The latest word on the project is that series lead Will Arnett is not waiting for NBC to figure out how to work around the departure of Christina Applegate. The man just joined the much-buzzed about divorce comedy from Raising Hope creator Greg Garcia.
Unlike Garcia’s previous works (which includes My Name Is Earl,) this one is a multi-camera show making the pickup a bit ironic for Arnett. If CBS orders the pilot to series, it will become the first such offering for the Hulu spokesman since his guest spot days before the world ever heard of Arrested Development. Just to be clear, Arnett is in that show’s fourth season Netflix revival, but since it will not continue onward (the plan is to set up a movie) there is a noticeable void in the comic actor’s schedule.
This is how much NBC loves SNL producer Lorne Michaels. The broadcaster has decided not to cancel his Thursday night comedy Up All Night, and instead is giving it a back five order. With ratings remaining close to the worst on all of broadcast for the genre, the ax seemed inevitable, but there is a catch which likely changed the network’s minds. Up All Night is being converted from a single-camera show (no audience, three-dimensional sets etc.) to a multi-camera one much like what audiences see from CBS comedies. Continue Reading
Will Arnett took to Conan last night to promote Up All Night, but the conversation mostly resided elsewhere as the comic actor talked about voicing Batman in the upcoming animated Lego movie entitled Lego: The Piece of Resistance. He also discussed returning to Arrested Development and his online marketing company DumbDumb which he runs with Jason Bateman. Continue Reading
Up All Night is not exactly performing fantastic in the ratings these days. If the comedy were not on NBC, it would be on its way out the door for sure, but because of its home and Lorne Michaels producer that assures it will likely stick around a while longer regardless of performance. That said, things still need to go up a bit in the Nielsen data and Arrested Development star Will Arnett was on Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday evening to give things a boost. Continue Reading
A little while back, Jason Bateman teamed with his Arrested Development co-star Will Arnett to start a viral advertising company called DumbDumb. Today it all paid off as TBS has entered into an agreement with the duo to air their shorts via the network’s internet platforms. Read on for the full press announcement with further details. Continue Reading
Will Arnett and Christina Applegate took to Today this morning to promote their NBC comedy Up All Night. The expectation is the series should get a second season, but it isn’t a given and thus the extra promotional effort from the series’ leads. Here is their full appearance from NBC’s morning program complete with questions about Anchorman 2 and Arrested Development.
Remember that Will Arnett Fall comedy that was cancelled by Fox, Running Wilde? Well, there are four episodes that haven’t aired yet, and there are reports that they’ll air on FX Thursdays beginning April 28.
As for Will Arnett, he is currently signed on to do a Lorne Michaels produced pilot for an NBC comedy opposite Christina Applegate, so don’t get too optimistic at the prospects of an FX pickup for the failed show even if it performs well. Also, Arnett is scheduled to be on the one hour season finale of The Office May 19th.
On a personal note, I did see the show, and while I wasn’t compelled enough to get upset that it was cancelled, I’m very happy that a unique show like this has enough respect in the world to get a burnoff on television rather than some deep corner of the internet on a broadcaster’s seldom trafficked website even if it is cable.