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6 items from 2003


Minnelli Inks Sitcom Deal

11 December 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Cabaret star Liza Minnelli is making a foray into sitcoms - in hit American television series Arrested Development. The 57-year-old entertainer - who is currently going through a bitter divorce with fourth husband David Gest - has signed up for six episodes of the wacky family comedy, which is executive produced by Ron Howard. Minnelli's character is a widowed socialite who develops a crush on Buster, the show's neurotic student, and her contract could be extended if the Arthur actress agrees. Minnelli enthuses, "I'm having such fun doing it because I'm finally allowed to use my comic ability. When Ron Howard called me I was so surprised. He said, 'How would you like to do a couple of shows and see how you like it? You could be anyone you want to be. We'll figure it out.'" Other big names starring in the series are former Ally McBeal beauty Portia De Rossi and The Sweetest Thing hunk Jason Bateman. »

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Fox dedicated to 'Arrested'; ABC adds 'D.A.'

24 November 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

In a show of faith, Fox Broadcasting Co. has given a full-season order to its fledgling new sitcom Arrested Development, an oddball family comedy starring Jason Bateman and Jeffrey Tambor that has drawn critical raves but tepid Nielsen numbers since its debut earlier this month. Separately, ABC has given a three-episode midseason order to the drama The D.A., starring Steven Weber, from Warner Bros. TV and Shephard/Robin Co. ABC entertainment president Susan Lyne said the network aimed to present the show as a limited-run series "event" in the spring. Arrested Development, created by Mitch Hurwitz for Imagine TV and 20th Century Fox TV, revolves around a wealthy, dysfunctional family that is forced to pull together when the patriarch -- played by Tambor -- is arrested for shifty accounting practices at the family's real estate firm. »

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Fox dedicated to 'Arrested'; ABC adds 'D.A.'

23 November 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

In a show of faith, Fox Broadcasting Co. has given a full-season order to its fledgling new sitcom "Arrested Development", an oddball family comedy starring Jason Bateman and Jeffrey Tambor that has drawn critical raves but tepid Nielsen numbers since its debut earlier this month. Separately, ABC has given a three-episode midseason order to the drama "The D.A.", starring Steven Weber, from Warner Bros. TV and Shephard/Robin Co. ABC entertainment president Susan Lyne said the network aimed to present the show as a limited-run series "event" in the spring. "Arrested Development", created by Mitch Hurwitz for Imagine TV and 20th Century Fox TV, revolves around a wealthy, dysfunctional family that is forced to pull together when the patriarch -- played by Tambor -- is arrested for shifty accounting practices at the family's real estate firm. »

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Arrested Development Sue Fox

6 November 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hip-hop group Arrested Development are suing over the use of their name as the title of the new Fox TV series Arrested Development. The band have filed a trademark infringement suit against Fox, Imagine Films Entertainment Inc. and New World Communications Of Atlanta Inc. They allege that Fox's usage of the phrase will "dilute the meaning" of their name with fans. Frontman Todd Thomas says in a statement, "Fox has no more right to use 'Arrested Development' for its show than a band would have to name itself after one of Fox's sitcoms." The series airs this Sunday and stars Jason Bateman, Ally McBeal actress Portia De Rossi and Jeffrey Tambor. »

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Wolf plays doctor on CBS' 'Charlie'; 'Arrested' cuffs 3

18 March 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

CBS has ordered Rubbing Charlie, a half-hour, single-camera comedy pilot starring Scott Wolf from writer Tom Palmer and Big Ticket Television. On the pilot casting front, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett and Tony Hale have been added to the cast of the Fox comedy pilot Arrested Development. In Charlie, former Party of Five co-star Wolf will play the title role, a doctor who spends his time trying to help others but remains uncertain of what he wants out of his own life. The project has been in development for more than two years. A cast contingency was removed after Wolf signed on. Palmer (Murphy Brown, Living in Captivity) is represented by the Gersh Agency. Wolf is repped by UTA and Brillstein-Grey. 20th Century Fox TV/Imagine TV's Arrested centers on a wealthy Orange County, Calif., family (Portia de Rossi, Jason Bateman) that pulls together after their assets are frozen. Walter, best known as the obsessed fan in Play Misty for Me, will play Bateman's mother, while Arnett (The Mike O'Malley Show) will play his friend. Arnett is repped by Writers & Artists and Principato/Young Management. »

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Titus develops new 'Future' for NBC drama

11 March 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Titus star Christopher Titus is making a dramatic turn as the star of NBC's drama pilot Future Tense, while David Keith has signed on to star in Fox's drama pilot Still Life. In other casting news, Annie Potts has been cast in NBC's comedy pilot Stuck in the Middle With You, Jason Bateman is set to topline Fox's comedy pilot Arrested Development, Wendie Malick has been tapped as the star of ABC's comedy pilot My Life With Men, Tom Everett Scott has been tapped to star in ABC's comedy pilot Platonically Incorrect, and Faith Ford is set to play Hope in ABC's comedy pilot Hope and Faith. »

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