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Fans have spent the seven years since Fox canceled "Arrested Development" waiting for the Bluths to return, and in just a couple of days they'll get their wish. Netflix will start streaming all 15 episodes of Season 4 at 12:01 a.m. Pt Sunday (May 26).
It has been a long, winding road to get to this point. How long and how winding? Very, as you'll see with this timeline of significant events in the life, death and resurrection of "Arrested Development."
Summer 2002: Ron Howard pitches an idea to his fellow Imagine Entertainment executives for a comedy series that's tightly scripted but filmed to look like a reality show or documentary. Imagine meets with a couple of writers, one of whom is Mitch Hurwitz, who was coming off "The Ellen Show" at CBS and had also worked on "The Golden Girls" and "The John Larroquette Show."
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Lost amidst the hubbub created by Zach Braff's controversial Kickstarter campaign is the rise of big (but not that big) crowdfunding projects for notable web series such as Video Game High School and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Now, another big name in online video is throwing its hat into the Kickstarter ring. My Damn Channel has launched its first ever online fundraising campaign: Love Me Cat, billed as a "puppet talk show with celebrities and you." The creator of Love Me Cat is Eric Kaplan, a TV writer best known for his work on The Big Bang Theory. While this will be his first web series, guests will include several peformers who have worked with Kaplan in the past, including Johnny Galecki and Mayim Bialik. Given the show's affiliation with My Damn Channel comedy network, other guests will include creators like Beth Hoyt and Mark Malkoff. The talk show »
- Sam Gutelle
The sixth season of the classic U.S. sitcom Malcolm in the Middle comes to DVD for the first time ever in the UK on May 27th and to celebrate, we have three copies to give away to our readers courtesy of the lovely folk at Fabulous Films and Fremantle Media. Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter the competition...
Created and Executive Produced by Emmy Award winning writer Linwood Boomer, this inventive half-hour series is seen through the eyes of Malcolm (Frankie Muniz), a normal boy but with a genius Iq who cannot seem to make any sense of the opposite sex, much less his embarrassing family. Lois (Jane Kaczmarek) is the outspoken, opinionated Mom and her creative punishments and tough-as-nails approach always prevent the boys from slipping one past her. Hal (Bryan Cranston) the dad is a certified legend in his own mind, but »
- Flickering Myth
Whenever it may be that Mike & Molly returns for Season 4, the CBS comedy will have a new man at the helm.
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Replacing Roberts as an exec producer (alongside Chuck Lorre) and as showrunner will be Alan J. Higgins, who most recently served as a co-executive producer on Mike & Molly and whose previous TV credits include ‘Til Death and Malcolm in the Middle.
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- Matt Webb Mitovich
"Mike & Molly" creator Mark Roberts has stepped down as showrunner from the CBS comedy, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. Roberts has been with the comedy for its entire three-season run. He's leaving the show to focus on other projects. Co-executive producer Al Higgins has been promoted to executive producer and showrunner for the upcoming fourth season. His previous credits include "Malcolm in the Middle" and "Newsradio." The series' ratings saw a decline in viewers this past season. It's penultimate episode of the season got a 2.4 rating/6 share in »
- Jethro Nededog
Mark Roberts, the creator of Mike & Molly, will be leaving the CBS comedy series, which was recently renewed for a fourth season. Roberts “will be stepping down from his showrunner and executive producer roles after three successful seasons to focus on other projects,” Mike & Molly producer Warner Bros. TV said in a statement to Deadline. “Al Higgins, currently co-executive producer of Mike & Molly, has been named executive producer and will serve as day-to-day showrunner of the comedy for its upcoming fourth season.” The studio would not comment on the reasons for the change, however there has been speculation for months that the show’s cast and crew were not happy with Roberts. Veteran comedy writer-producer Higgins has been on Mike & Molly since after the pilot. His previous series credits include NewsRadio and Malcolm In The Middle. On Mike & Molly, he will serve as executive producer alongside Chuck Lorre, who has »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
ABC’s upfront Tuesday afternoon was an upbeat affair - not all upfronts are - with shoutouts to breakout hit Scandal and its star, Kerry Washington; to late-night host Jimmy Kimmel; and to now destined-to-retire Barbara Walters. Kimmel, as is traditional, did a few minutes' worth of jokes at the expense of the other networks (he referred to CBS as "smug @#%&!!!!s") and his own: He suggested that Splash, the diving-celeb reality show, should be replaced by one with an empty pool. To be called Splat. The clips introducing new shows were, on balance, pretty promising. These are the ones »
- Tom Gliatto, PEOPLE'S TV CRITIC
ABC's comedy development has had a rough couple of seasons. The network hasn't had a real breakout since the one-two punch of family comedies "Modern Family" (an ongoing mega hit) and "The Middle" (a modest but stable hit) premiered back in 2009.
Only three comedies launched since then remain on the air: "Suburgatory," which faded enough in Season 2 to be held back for midseason next year; "Last Man Standing," which plays to a base and is otherwise ignored on Friday nights; and "The Neighbors," which will join "Last Man" in its Friday irrelevance in the fall. That means ABC needs to find a few more real players and the network has planned an aggressive launch of four new comedies in the fall and one more on the bench for midseason.
It’s par for the course in the high stakes world of television that if an idea is successful, it will be replicated across other countries and cultures. The Us version of The Office is probably the most visible of these, being originally based on the eponymous UK sitcom created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the former taking the lead role.
It’s happened, to a greater or lesser extent, with tonnes of other shows – Spaced (UK) was turned into an unsuccessful Us pilot, as was Coupling (UK) and The Thick of It (UK) – the last of those being reformatted by creator Armando Iannucci into the American critical darling and extremely funny show Veep, airing on HBO and starring Julia Louis-Dreyfuss.
It may be common for sitcoms, but it also happens in other genres of television. Homeland is based on an Israeli TV show called Hatufim (Prisoners of War, »
- Rob Batchelor
Fox has one of its better slates coming your way with the new season, especially if you take the midseason shows into account. Some of these shows may not jump out at you now as must-see, but some of them are going to take over, if I’m any judge anyway.
Clear showcase offerings Dads, Almost Human, and Us & Them are guaranteed to take off early. Almost Human has J.J. Abrams recognition to pull people in, though it looks to be a show that could flounder after a few episodes, even if I hope it doesn’t. The other two are going to become hits. Unfortunately, we have to wait until mid-season for the Gavin & Stacey remake.
Rake also looks like a winner, as long as the translation can be made to work as an Americanized product, and the show actually delivers what made the Australian original so brilliant.
- Marc Eastman
Excellent, some Haven news! Production has begun for Season 4 of this absolutely terrific show, up in gorgeous Halifax. Everyone I’ve talked with who’s involved in the show’s production talks about the big part the location plays in the series, and I agree. We also have news that the star of another Syfy show that featured an “interesting” town will be joining the Haven community:
New York– May 8, 2013 – Startling new mysteries and secrets are in the works as Syfy’s hit series Haven goes into production today, May 8, on an all-new 13 episode Season 4 in Halifax, »
- Erin Willard
Fox will announce its 2013-2014 schedule on Monday, but the network gave viewers an idea of what's to come yesterday by announcing pick-ups of four dramas and five comedies.
Cast: Terry O’Quinn (Lost), Ramon Rodriguez (Charlie’s Angels), Jay Hernandez (Last Resort), Sung Kang (The Fast and the Furious), Inbar Lavi (Underemployed), Rza, Cliff Curtis (Missing), Shantel VanSanten (One Tree Hill)
Synopsis: Follows a gang member sent in to infiltrate the San Francisco Police Department and rise through its ranks — ultimately landing on the Gang Task Force. There, he must balance his obligations to his crime family with an increasing sense of loyalty to his new “family” on the Sfpd.
- email@example.com (Matt Richenthal)
The first pictures from the Us remake of Gavin & Stacey have been unveiled.
Us & Them - from Sony Pictures Television - was picked up to series by Fox last night (May 8).
Sony Pictures Television is the studio behind the Us adaptation and will also be distributing the series internationally, including in the UK. BBC Worldwide will collaborate with the studio on the show.
> Fox passes on Emma Roberts drama Delirum plus The List, Boomerang
Watch a clip from the original Gavin & Stacey below: »
Piggybacking on Wednesday’s drama pickups, Fox has ordered five new comedy series for the 2013-14 season, including the Jason Ritter/Alexis Bledel romantic satire Us & Them (fka Friends & Family) and the Andy Samberg-fronted sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
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- Michael Ausiello
Alrighty, kids! If you think the saw is indeed family, this one is for you! We weeded our way through both the only available on iTunes unrated version of Texas Chainsaw along with the official Blu-ray package and have our findings right here for your perusal.
Is it worth it? Is it Not worth it? Can anything salvage it? Read our Texas Chainsaw Unrated and Blu-ray / DVD review!
From the Press Release
The pulse-pounding horror film Texas Chainsaw arrives on 3D/2D Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital Copy and Ultraviolet), DVD (plus Digital Copy and Ultraviolet), Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View on May 14th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Texas Chainsaw will also be available for Digital Download on April 30th, two weeks prior to the Blu-ray, DVD and Video on Demand release. The film stars Alexandra Daddario (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief), Dan Yeager (Metal Heads), Tremaine ' »
- Uncle Creepy
Having a starring role on a successful TV show can be a double-edged sword. While it’s great to be popular (and the steady work can’t hurt), many actors find it hard to escape the long shadow cast by their most famous role. Once the series ends, it can be a slippery slope towards type-casting, and then finally a permanent stay in a town called “Has-Been”.
That’s a huge risk, but some lucky (and talented) thespians can strike gold twice, scoring equally notable roles in two separate series! It’s tough trick to pull off, but their versatility and range makes us totally forget about their alternate TV-universe past. When we look at Breaking Bad’s ruthless Walter White, we don’t see a trace of Bryan Cranston’s former personality, mild-mannered Malcolm In The Middle dad, Hal. And Alison Brie is able to succeed in playing two »
- Jordan Runtagh
In just a few days an unrated version of Texas Chainsaw will be available via digital download, and then a couple of weeks after that the flick is hitting DVD and Blu-ray in R-rated editions only. Weird, we know, but to get you geared up, we have an exclusive clip for you!
From the Press Release
The pulse-pounding horror film Texas Chainsaw arrives on 3D/2D Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital Copy and Ultraviolet), DVD (plus Digital Copy and Ultraviolet), Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View on May 14th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Texas Chainsaw will also be available for Digital Download on April 30th, two weeks prior to the Blu-ray, DVD and Video on Demand release. The film stars Alexandra Daddario (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief), Dan Yeager (Metal Heads), Tremaine 'Trey Songz' Neverson (Grammy® nominated R&B International superstar), Tania Raymonde (TV's "Malcolm in the Middle, »
- Uncle Creepy
Well, here's a real kick in the pants. Fans of Texas Chainsaw 3D are bound to be seething with lots of online angst at this latest news story. If you want to see Texas Chainsaw 3D unrated, you're gonna have to settle for Digital Download Only.
Yep, it doesn't matter if you buy the Blu-ray, the DVD, or whatever. The only way you're going to see this film in its unedited form is via digital download. This first was brought to our attention by DC reader Chris E, who pointed us to the official Texas Chainsaw 3D Facebook page, where the following message was printed... "The torture is waiting... In 2 Weeks, Texas Chainsaw is served early and Unrated on digital download. Pre-order now on iTunes. "
We did some digging, sent a few emails, and it turns out that is exactly the case. That being said... What do you cats think? »
- Uncle Creepy
The Onion's online presence has slowly crept outward from a home website to a plentiful YouTube channel to a consistently hilarious Yahoo mockmentary to, most recently, an Amazon pilot. Amazon Video is the home of Onion News Empire, a sitcom that skewers every aspect of our biased, shallow, sensationalist news media. The show takes place in the newsroom of Onion News Network, making it a fake show about a fake show. It blends The Onion's consistently clever fake headlines with some smart, Colbert-esque satire of the modern news reporting process. The first episode can be viewed for free by Amazon Prime customers, and the trailer is available for free on The Onion's YouTube channel. The Onion has never been big on star power, with most of its articles lacking bylines. Onion News Empire, on the other hand, boasts an impressive cast, including Jeffrey Tambor as an unyieldingly cutthroat anchor, Cheyenne Jackson as his airheaded, »
- Sam Gutelle
The fifth season of the classic U.S. sitcom Malcolm in the Middle comes to DVD for the first time ever in the UK on April 29th and to celebrate, we have three copies to give away to our readers courtesy of the lovely folk at Fabulous Films and Fremantle Media. Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter the competition...
Created and Executive Produced by Emmy Award winning writer Linwood Boomer, Malcolm in the Middle is seen through the eyes of Malcolm (Frankie Muniz), a normal boy but with a genius Iq who cannot seem to make any sense of the opposite sex, much less his embarrassing family.
Lois (Jane Kaczmarek) is the outspoken, opinionated Mom and her creative punishments and tough-as-nails approach always prevent the boys from slipping one past her. Hal (Bryan Cranston) the dad is a certified legend in his own mind, but »
- Flickering Myth
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