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“The Family Fang” follows the adult siblings Baxter and Annie Fang (Jason Bateman and Nicole Kidman), the children of Caleb and Camille Fang (Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunkett), two world-famous performance artists who used their young children in surprise, often disturbing public interactive art exhibitions. When Caleb and Camille go missing, Baxter and Annie return to their family home after years of being estranged to investigate their disappearance, and to discover if it’s a ruse or if it’s genuine. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below featuring a performance art piece with a young Caleb and Camille (played by Jason Butler Harner and Kathryn Hahn respectively) berating their children in the park for being terrible at playing music.
- Vikram Murthi
Emmy Awards voting has never been more complicated, with more series than ever vying for those coveted few slots in 2016. And while the usual suspects will naturally get attention, it’s those hidden gems that tend to get buried in the stacks of “For Your Consideration” mailers. To cut through the clutter, Variety’s TV team has selected a few favorites that we think deserve your vote.
Starring Zach Galifianakis as “non-identical” twins Chip and Dale, Louie Anderson as their Costco obsessed mother, Christine, and 47-year-old acting novice Martha Kelly as the romantic lead, Martha, FX’s “Baskets” is not like any other comedy, or show, on television. The funny-sad serialized storytelling of showrunner Jonathan Krisel takes all of these characters on unexpected journeys full of emotional discoveries, pratfalls, bittersweet self-reflection and fart jokes. It’s completely silly, completely serious and completely wonderful. — Geoff Berkshire
“Blunt Talk,” Starz »
- Variety Staff
Remember when everyone was really excited about Arrested Development resurrecting itself on Netflix? And remember how no one could agree if it was good, bad, or just terribly mediocre when the season did come out? Well, if series creator Mitch Hurwitz has his way, another season of Arrested Development might very well become a reality.
Speaking to Esquire, Hurwitz speculated on the possibilities of another season of the show while ostensibly discussing his new Netflix series Lady Dynamite. Despite mixed fan reception, it sounds like Hurwitz is still dedicated to trying to get a fifth season of Arrested Development made, if he can manage to get the disparate and rather popular cast back together again. He also thinks that the series managed to be accidentally topical, and would like to see if he can do that again.
Here’s what Hurwitz had to say about that:
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- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Arrested Development season 4 arrived on Netflix nearly three years ago and the jury is still out on whether or not the return of the Bluth family was a triumph, a debacle, or something in-between. Fans remain divided and bringing up a potential fifth season of the beloved show is sure to inspire a lively […]
- Jacob Hall
Everyone agrees that the first three seasons of “Arrested Development” are comedy perfection, but as for the fourth season, which arrived on Netflix, let’s just say reaction was mixed. Mitch Hurwitz arguably let the creative freedom of the streaming site get to him, and the crisp, densely packed, 20 (or so) minute episodes from network TV, […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Conventional wisdom would have it that crippling mental illness isn't a good subject for a sitcom. But there's nothing conventional about Maria Bamford's brand of comedy. Fans of her stand-up and such through-the-rabbit hole projects like 2012's Maria Bamford: The Special Special Special — in which the 45-year-old comedian performs a taped set for just her parents in their living room — know that she isn't afraid to tap into very dark, very personal places in her work. So when Bamford announced she was developing a sitcom for Netflix that »
There's a running gag in the first episode of alt-comedian Maria Bamford's new Netflix comedy series Lady Dynamite where guest star Patton Oswalt, ostensibly playing a cop in Bamford's La neighborhood, keeps breaking character to warn her against doing stand-up on her show, listing all the famous comics who have already done it: "You've got Louie, Seinfeld, Chappelle, Amy Schumer, my two pilots..." Eventually, other comedians — some of whom also did failed shows that featured them performing material from their stage act — turn up to express their own dismay. But even though Bamford is playing herself and drawing on both her past work and private life, no one who watched Lady Dynamite (executive produced by Bamford, Pam Brady, and Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz, it debuts tomorrow) for even a minute would think to mistake it for another Seinfeld knock-off — or even an imitation of Louie, where Bamford has appeared a few times. »
- Alan Sepinwall
As Louis Virtel once noted on this very site, Ana Gasteyer was one of a trio of women performers who made Saturday Night Live awesome again in the 1990s (the other two being, of course, Molly Shannon and Cheri Oteri). And while the massively-undervalued star has flown a bit under the radar since departing the late-night series in 2002, I'm happy to report that Netflix's new Maria Bamford series Lady Dynamite is perhaps the first time since SNL that Gasteyer's prickly talents have been given full, hysterical reign. Leave it to Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz to provide Gasteyer with a suitable platform for her off-kilter, often-outsized instincts: Lady Dynamite is a bizarre kaleidoscope, fractured through the sincere pain of Bamford's real-life struggles with mental illness and the twisted, cutthroat misogyny of the industry she's been navigating for two decades now (in case you were wondering, Bamford also happens to be »
- Chris Eggertsen
“Lady Dynamite” is the kind of show that could only exist during this boom time in television. It’s a finely crafted niche comedy with a very specific outlook and tone — thus it bears similarities to any number of streaming half-hours, as well as those on adventurous cable networks. And yet this excellent Netflix series has a subversive and ultimately sweet flavor all its own.
The show spends a fair amount of time offering a deceptively serious examination of how the entertainment-industry machine, without even trying that hard, tends to crush anyone in its path, especially those with a distinctive vision or sincere beliefs. Maria Bamford, who stars as a character with the same name, and co-creators Mitchell Hurwitz and Pam Brady have quite a bit to say about mental illness, friendship, and the difficulty of forging real connections in a confusing world, and in the first four episodes, Bamford »
- Maureen Ryan
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.
TV Worth Watching
"Castle" (Monday on ABC at 10 p.m.)
This is another gigantic week for TV finales, including the "Mike & Molly" and "Castle" series finales, plus season finales for "Bates Motel," "NCIS," "Chicago Med," "NCIS: New Orleans," "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," "Chicago Fire," "The Middle," "The Goldbergs," Empire," "Modern Family," "Black-ish," "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," "The 100," "Grey's Anatomy," "Mom," "The Blacklist," "The Catch," "Grimm," "The Originals," "Shark Tanks," Banshee," "Saturday Night Live," "America's Funniest Home Videos," "The Simpsons," "Family Guy," "Bob's Burgers" and "Mr. Selfridge." Whew! And that's not even counting the two shows below.
- Gina Carbone
Flaked will likely live on. Per sources, Netflix is nearing a deal for a second season of Will Arnett's deeply personal Venice, Calif. dramedy. The order is expected to be for six episodes, and comes some two months after the series premiered globally on the streaming service. To date, Flaked has been co-written by creators Arnett and his pal Mark Chappell (The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret), with Ben Silverman, manager-producer Peter Principato and Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz serving as executive producers. Arnett also stars alongside a lesser known cast that includes David Sullivan, Ruth Kearney and
- Lacey Rose
Let's start this off with a bang! Watch a trailer for the new Lady Dynamite TV series, dropping to Netflix on May 20, 2016. The series stars comedian Maria Bamford and is inspired by her own life as a standup comic. The single-cam comedy is described as a show that, “...tells the story of a woman who loses -- and then finds -- her s**t.”
Lady Dynamite is produced by Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz. Guest stars in the first season of Lady Dynamite include: Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, Jon Cryer, Adam Pally, and Tig Notaro.
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RelatedOne Day at a Time: Netflix Reboot Finds Its Schneider in Todd Grinnell
The comedienne cozies up to Brandon Routh and punches Dean Cain in the star-studded preview, which also features Lennon Parham (Playing House), Ana Gasteyer (Suburgatory), Andy Daly (Review), Fred Melamed (Casual), Bridget Everett (Inside Amy Schumer), Ed Begley, Jr. (Better Call Saul), Sarah Silverman (Masters of Sex) and — whew! — Jason Mantzoukas (Brooklyn Nine-Nine).
Per Netflix’s official logline, Lady Dynamite “tells »
Here’s the first trailer for Lady Dynamite, Netflix’s new comedy series starring Maria Bamford and executive produced by Bamford, Mitch Hurwitz and Pam Brady, which will be previewed tonight during 4/20 Keep Netflix Weird Fyc event. The Weed Day-themed event for TV Academy members, held at the Cinefamily Silent Movie Theatre in Los Angeles, will feature Lady Dynamite’s Bamford, Hurwitz, and Brady as well as cast and producers from other Netflix comedy series, Bob… »
Will Arnett has a not-altogether-outlandish theory: play a TV character long enough and audiences will find it increasingly difficult to separate you from that fictional construct. "People have this preconceived notion of me," contends the actor, best known as Gob Bluth, the egotistical, moronic magician on Arrested Development. "I'm Gob to them: this thoughtless sociopath who lives this bizarre, ego-driven life. That would be insanity. As I get older, I'm sort of fascinated with the idea of somebody who could construct an entire persona for themselves — one that was really, »
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Will Arnett stars in Netflix’s newest comedy, Flaked, which charts the laid-back problems of a former alcoholic as he wanders the streets of Venice Beach on a bicycle. If that description doesn’t do much for you, don’t worry, you aren’t in the minority – the show is neither a comedy, nor a drama, nor much of a TV show. Sure, characters fight, love triangles form and season-ending twists aim to shock, but Flaked never escapes a feeling of falsity.
It’s a show that feels like a textbook’s idea of a show: each character has the perfectly redeemable flaw, episode structure grows repetitive by the half-way point, and attempts at unfolding the mystery around certain characters universally end in a brick wall. It’s a dull addict drama, a humorless buddy comedy, and an unromantic romantic comedy all bundled »
- Mitchel Broussard
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Welcome to the final Hunger Games. You can volunteer as tribute, one more time, when Jennifer Lawrence's last film as Katniss is released on Digital HD March 8. It'll be out on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand March 22. Also, for the first time ever, "The Hunger Games Complete 4-Film Collection" will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on March 22. The Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital include audio commentary with director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson; "Pawns No More: Making The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" 8-Part Documentary, "Jet to the Set," and a ton of behind-the-scenes featurettes on visual design, the acting ensemble, costumes, hair and makeup, »
- Gina Carbone
Netflix made all eight episodes available of its new series “Flaked,” which answers the nagging question that arises while watching the first chapter of this Will Arnett vehicle, “Is this going to get any better?” The answer is: only marginally, including a few late-in-the-game twists that don’t really do much to enrich the experience. The premium TV world is a magnet for vanity projects, but few are as pointless – or unnecessary – as this one.
Already making hay with Netflix on the animated “BoJack Horseman,” Arnett co-created “Flaked” with Mark Chappell (“The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret”), and is reunited with “Arrested Development’s” Mitchell Hurwitz among its producers. But other than a very particular snapshot of the quirks associated with the beach-adjacent L.A. hamlet known as Venice, the combination has yielded a half-hour series that’s arrested primarily by its half-baked approach to comedy or drama.
Arnett plays Chip, »
- Brian Lowry
Netflix has released the official trailer of its Flaked TV series. Watch it, below. Starring Will Arnett, David Sullivan, Ruth Kearney, and George Basil, Flaked premieres on Netflix, Friday, March 11, 2016 at 12:01am Pt (3:01am Et).
Flaked is co-created and written by Will Arnett and Mark Chappell, who executive produce with Ben Silverman, Peter Principato, and Mitch Hurwitz. Arnett plays recovering alcoholic, Chip, who falls his best friend’s crush. His deception starts to affect their friendship as well as Chip's reputation.
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The first trailer for Will Arnett’s forthcoming Netflix comedy series Flaked has just arrived. Watch Arnett, a compulsive liar and furniture craftsman, as he attempts to beat his addictions and balance his relationships while getting his life back together in Venice, California.
Flaked costars David Sullivan, Ruth Kearney, George Basil and Lina Esco. It also reunites Arnett with Mitch Hurwitz, best known for creating cult comedy series Arrested Development (on which the former had a co-starring role). Hurwitz exec-produced Arnett’s new series, but the similarities between the two shows appear to end there. Fans hoping for the over-the-top antics of Gob Bluth will have to settle for a far more even-tempered Arnett in Flaked, one that looks to promise layers of depth. It appears Arnett is thrilled with the slight change in direction as he told EW he’s been wanting to play this type of role for years. »
- William Fanelli
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