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The 25 Best Episodes of ‘Arrested Development,’ Ranked

Even before this month’s surprise drop of a Season 4 Remix on Netflix, it would have been near impossible to rank every “Arrested Development.” (Our hooks off to those sites that have.) Some installments take much different paths to the series’ most satisfying moments, so it’s difficult to put into context whether the show’s more intricately plotted episodes are.

The episodes that would take up the bottom of a full ranking still have their moments. But far more satisfying than figuring out the middling installments on the low end of the show’s quality, we thought we’d highlight the best the show had to offer.

One thing you won’t see on this list: the Season 4 remix. Though an admirable experiment, we opted to use the episodes as originally intended. Still by volume and by proportion of legendary episodes, most of these are from the show’s initial three-season run,
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Amy Poehler is down for a ‘Parks and Recreation’ revival, which means she could finally win an Emmy for Leslie Knope

Amy Poehler is down for a ‘Parks and Recreation’ revival, which means she could finally win an Emmy for Leslie Knope
Could we be revisiting Pawnee, Indiana, soon? Amy Poehler says, “Knope we can!” While promoting her new show “Making It” with “Parks and Recreation” co-star Nick Offerman on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Poehler said she thinks a revival of the beloved NBC comedy could eventually happen.

“I’ll speak for everybody and say we would all do it,” Poehler said. “I think we would all do it someday. It would be amazing.”

The key word here is “someday.” The cast, which includes Aubrey Plaza, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari and, oh yeah, Chris Pratt, is very busy (though Lowe’s CBS drama “Code Black” did just get canceled Thursday), as are creators Greg Daniels and Michael Schur. Schur, in particular, will have three shows on the air next season: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “The Good Place” and new comedy “Abby’s.”

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Look Back at Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Funniest Roles in Honor of Her Mark Twain Prize

Look Back at Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Funniest Roles in Honor of Her Mark Twain Prize
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a comedic genius! Over the years the Emmy-winner has made us laugh, cry and shout with excitement as her many iconic characters. Now, she's being honored with the annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and it's so well deserved. She's wooed fans as Elaine Benes on Seinfeld, guided us through divorce on The New Adventures of Old Christine and gave us the female vice president we've always wanted on Veep. She is a true comedy chameleon and that's why she's this year's Mark Twain Prize recipient. The New York City native has done it all when it comes to comedy and we're forever grateful for...
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‘Veep’ Star Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Receive Mark Twain Prize for Humor

Selina Meyer may keep losing, but Julia Louis-Dreyfus just landed a solid win. The “Veep” star is this year’s recipient of the annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, it was announced Wednesday.

“Like Mark Twain, Julia has enriched American culture with her iconic, unforgettable, and outright hilarious brand of humor,” Deborah F. Rutter, the president of the Kennedy Center, said in a statement. “Over four decades, her wildly original characters and her gift for physical comedy have left us in stitches.”

“Merely to join the list of distinguished recipients of this award would be honor enough, but, as a student of both American history and literature, the fact that Mr. Twain himself will be presenting the award to me in person is particularly gratifying,” Louis-Dreyfus said.

Also Read: Tony Hale Talks the Return of 'Veep' and Julia Louis-Dreyfus'
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Receive Mark Twain Prize

Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Receive Mark Twain Prize
“Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Louis-Dreyfus will receive the award at the Kennedy Center on Oct. 21 in a ceremony that will be broadcast nationally.

“Like Mark Twain, Julia has enriched American culture with her iconic, unforgettable, and outright hilarious brand of humor,” Kennedy Center president Deborah F. Rutter said. “Over four decades, her wildly original characters and her gift for physical comedy have left us in stitches.”

She is the latest in a long line of distinguished comedians to receive the award, including comedy luminaries such as Lorne Michaels,
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Be Awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Be Awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is this year's recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. "Like Mark Twain, Julia has enriched American culture with her iconic, unforgettable and outright hilarious brand of humor," Deborah F. Rutter, the president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, announced in a statement Wednesday morning. "Over four decades, her wildly original characters and her gift for physical comedy have left us in stitches." Louis-Dreyfus accepted the honor with humility—and, of course, humor. In a statement, the beloved star of Seinfeld and Veep joked, "Merely to join the list of distinguished recipients of this award would be honor enough, but, as a student...
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus To Receive 2018 Mark Twain Prize

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who last year set a record with her sixth consecutive Lead Actress in a Comedy Emmy for starring on HBO’s Veep, will be the recipient of this year’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The honor, in its 21st year being handed out by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will be bestowed at an gala performance event October 21 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes individuals who have had an impact…
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Receive Mark Twain Prize

Julia Louis-Dreyfus will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center this fall.

The Veep star will be the 21st recipient and sixth woman to receive the prize, joining such illustrious past winners as Richard Pryor, Carl Reiner, Whoopi Goldberg, Bob Newhart, Lily Tomlin, Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin, Neil Simon, Billy Crystal, George Carlin, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Ellen DeGeneres, Carol Burnett, Jay Leno, Eddie Murphy, Bill Murray and David Letterman. Bill Cosby was a recipient of the prize but the Kennedy Center rescinded his honor earlier this year.

Louis-Dreyfus will be honored at a gala event ...
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What’s the best Comedy Series Emmy winner of 2000s: ’30 Rock’, ‘Friends’, ‘The Office,’ ‘Arrested Development’ … ? [Poll]

What’s the best Comedy Series Emmy winner of 2000s: ’30 Rock’, ‘Friends’, ‘The Office,’ ‘Arrested Development’ … ? [Poll]
With Emmy season upon us and the Best Comedy Series category in flux, it’s time to look back on past sitcoms that took home television’s highest honor. The 2000s included multiple multi-camera comedies being awarded, but it also ushered in the era of single-camera series. All of the Best Comedy Series winners of the 2000s have long been regarded as some of the best TV comedies of the modern era, but which is your favorite? Look back on each winner and then vote in our poll below.

Will & Grace” (2000) — After largely ignoring “Will & Grace” for its first season, Emmy voters fell head over heels for Season 2 in 2000. Not only did the show win Comedy Series that year but it also took home both supporting prizes, for Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally. The groundbreaking sitcom about a gay man and his neurotic best friend was nominated for
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Melissa McCarthy movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Bridesmaids,’ ‘Spy,’ ‘St. Vincent’

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Melissa McCarthy movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Bridesmaids,’ ‘Spy,’ ‘St. Vincent’
Melissa McCarthy has once again teamed with her husband Ben Falcone to write, direct and star in her latest comedy film “Life of the Party” in which she plays a divorcee who goes back to college. The complication in this plot is that she is attending the same college as her daughter. McCarthy also has another film opening this fall entitled “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” which has already been getting some Oscar buzz in Gold Derby’s forums as a possible contender for Best Actress for McCarthy. This film is a rare dramatic turn for the actress and tells the true-life story of a professional biographer who gets herself into financial and ethical trouble.

SEEWho’s the best Comedy Actress Emmy winner this decade: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Melissa McCarthy or Edie Falco? [Poll]

McCarthy started her career doing improvisational comedy at The Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles, which is also where she met Falcone.
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Who’s the best Comedy Actress Emmy winner of 2000s: Jennifer Aniston, Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus … ? [Poll]

Who’s the best Comedy Actress Emmy winner of 2000s: Jennifer Aniston, Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus … ? [Poll]
The Emmy for Best Comedy Actress went to nine different actresses during the 2000s, an astonishing turnover given how much the Television Academy loves repeat winners. As such, some of the most iconic leading lady performances on television were rightfully awarded the medium’s highest honor. But which Best Comedy Actress winner of the 2000s do you consider your favorite? Take a look back on each of the decade’s winners and vote in our poll below.

See Who’s the best Comedy Actor Emmy winner of 2000s: Alec Baldwin, Tony Shalhoub, Eric McCormack … ? [Poll]

Patricia Heaton, “Everybody Loves Raymond” (2000-2001) — The only repeat winner in this category was Heaton, for playing the constantly irritable Debra Barone in “Everybody Loves Raymond.” Her first win came from submitting one of her most memorable episodes, “Bad Moon Rising,” in which Debra is grappling with Pms. Heaton was also nominated in 1999 and every year from 2002-2005.

Jennifer Aniston,
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‘Seinfeld’ Team Reflects on Series Finale on 20th Anniversary: ‘It Was Like The Last Day of School’

‘Seinfeld’ Team Reflects on Series Finale on 20th Anniversary: ‘It Was Like The Last Day of School’
Twenty years ago, there was much ado about nothing — or more specifically, the TV sitcom that was famously about nothing — when “Seinfeld,” then a groundbreaking ratings juggernaut and pop cultural phenomenon, aired its much-anticipated series finale.

Concluding nine seasons of micro-observational humor, complex but absurdist intertwining plotlines, dialogue that became overnight water-cooler catchphrases and a game-changing “no hugging, no learning” approach to network comedy, star and executive producer Jerry Seinfeld turned to his co-creator Larry David, who’d left the series two seasons prior, to craft an ending that would, in established “Seinfeld-ian” style, neatly tie disparate threads of the series together.
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7 of the Worst TV Series Finales: From ‘Seinfeld’ to ‘Girls’ (Photos)

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7 of the Worst TV Series Finales: From ‘Seinfeld’ to ‘Girls’ (Photos)
The series finale of the beloved “show about nothing” has gone down in history as a disappointment. Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld), George (Jason Alexander), Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and Kramer (Michael Richards) end up in prison for violating the “Good Samaritan” law. In the last shot, we see Jerry performing stand-up to his fellow inmates. It was just weird.

The series ending to “Girls” was confusing to say the least. The penultimate episode, “Goodbye Tour,” felt way more like a finale, wrapping up with the four main characters dancing the night away together. The finale, “Latching,” surrounded Marnie (Allison Williams) and Hannah (Lena Dunham) taking care of Hannah’s baby in upstate New York and involved a lot of yelling a nudity.

The CBS show had a cult following for the near-decade it was on the air, and followed the life of Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) in New York City. Everyone’s favorite perpetually single architect was always on the look-out for love. He eventually finds it in the very last season, but ends up going back to Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders), his friend that he’s been in love with since they met in the first episode of the season.

Fans were upset with the finale of “Lost” for one of two reasons: it was either too confusing, or not confusing enough. For many die-hard “Lost” fans out there, they loved the mystery of the show and the finale was satisfying enough. For the others, however, the strange is-this-real-or-not feeling was just too much to handle.

Some thought that “Dexter” went on past its prime, and that resulted in an unsatisfactory finale. For a show that started out strong, many fans were left feeling disappointed that a once-great show was unable to be redeemed.

For a show that once brought Showtime some of its highest ratings, “Weeds” went on perhaps a few seasons too long, and by the time we reached the finale, some fans saw the time-jump forward as a cop-out.

For a show that pushed so many boundaries, the series finale was a bit of a gut-punch. Fans find out that many of the things they loved about the show weren’t true at all, but an imaginary version Roseanne would tell in her autobiography.

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Emmy predictions update: ‘Atlanta’ and ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ are dead even for Best Comedy Series

Emmy predictions update: ‘Atlanta’ and ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ are dead even for Best Comedy Series
The Emmy for Best Comedy Series is too close to call this year. That’s according to the Expert journalists we’ve polled from top media outlets, including Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine), who just weighed in with his early picks. There are 15 elite journos making their predictions as of this writing, and they’re split right down the middle between “Atlanta” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

Seven Experts say “Atlanta” will prevail: Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Debbie Day (Rotten Tomatoes), Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Post), Anne Thompson (IndieWire), Ben Travers (IndieWire) and Adnan Virk (ESPN).

Seven others are betting on “Mrs. Maisel”: Eric Deggans (NPR), Chris Harnick (E!), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Robert Rorke (New York Post), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Ken Tucker (Yahoo) and now Roush.

That leaves one Expert, Lynette Rice (Entertainment Weekly), going out on a limb for the revival of “Will and Grace,
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Will Anthony Anderson & Tracee Ellis Ross (‘Black-ish’) be the latest turn marital strife into Emmy gold?

Will Anthony Anderson & Tracee Ellis Ross (‘Black-ish’) be the latest turn marital strife into Emmy gold?
“Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson has earned three straight Emmy nominations for Best Comedy Actor (2015-2017), and Tracee Ellis Ross has been up for Best Comedy Actress for the last two years (2016-2017). But neither has won yet. Could this spring’s story arc about a rift in their marriage be the key to their first victories this fall?

The ABC series about the Johnson family trying to reconcile their affluent lives with their racial identities has tackled thorny subjects like the N-word, postpartum depression, guns, police brutality and even Donald Trump. Now it’s exploring marital strife as Bow (Ross) and Dre (Anderson) find themselves arguing more and connecting less, and unable to find their way out of that negative feedback loop.

The resulting episodes have ventured into darker emotional territory, but even though watching the formerly happy couple fight is tough for fans of the Johnson family, it has
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Emmy spotlight: Will Zooey Deschanel and Max Greenfield (‘New Girl’) earn farewell nominations for their final season?

Emmy spotlight: Will Zooey Deschanel and Max Greenfield (‘New Girl’) earn farewell nominations for their final season?
Zooey Deschanel and Max Greenfield earned Emmy nominations in 2012 for the first season of the Fox comedy series “New Girl.” Can the hilarious duo earn bookend nominations for its seventh and final season, which premiered on April 10?

Indie film darling Deschanel earned Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for Best Comedy Actress in 2012 after “New Girl” debuted in the fall of 2011. Greenfield’s scene-stealing performance as Schmidt made him a breakout star and earned him a Best Comedy Supporting Actor Emmy bid. Deschanel lost to Julia Louis-Dreyfus in her first of what would become six consecutive victories for “Veep.” And Greenfield was unable to stop the “Modern Family” stranglehold on the Comedy Supporting Actor category with that show’s standout Eric Stonestreet winning for the second time.

But it was not that simple. In an award show oops right up there in the hall of fame with Envelopegate at the Oscars,
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TV Talk Podcast: Emmy Comedy Actress Race Wide Open

Deadline’s TV Talk podcast returns with a deep dive into the Primetime Emmys’ Outstanding Actress in a Comedy race. In past years this would be a quick conversation: Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus has dominated in the category, winning the past six Emmys in a row to set a record. But with Louis-Dreyfus and her HBO show not in the running this year, that opens up the field. We’ll spare you a drawn-out argument about who becomes the new frontrunner: We both agree it is Rachel…
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Real-Life Political Chaos Shakes Up TV’s Approach to Hot-Button Affairs

“Veep” takes place in an alternate reality in which Donald Trump is not president of the United States. But it’s not a Trump-free zone.

“Somewhere along the way, the ‘Veep’ universe was our universe,” says executive producer David Mandel. Washington, Adams and their fellow white guys all the way to Reagan are part of the HBO comedy’s canon. But, says Mandel, “somewhere after Reagan, things change.” That means Trump was born, developed bone spurs and bought his first casino all before the timeline split.

“So I do think that it’s possible that Donald Trump exists in the ‘Veep’ universe,
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Will the ‘Murphy Brown’ revival earn Tyne Daly a seventh Emmy?

Will the ‘Murphy Brown’ revival earn Tyne Daly a seventh Emmy?
Is a seventh Emmy in the cards for Tyne Daly? The six-time champ has joined the cast of CBS’ upcoming “Murphy Brown” revival, putting her in the running to move up on the all-time performance winners list.

Daly will play Phyllis, the sister of departed bar owner Phil from the sitcom’s original run. Pat Corley, who played Phil, passed away in 2006 at 76. Phyllis has taken over the bar and, as CBS describes, “it’s evident that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

An Emmy favorite, Daly has won six trophies — four for her lead role on “Cagney & Lacey,” one each for her supporting turns on “Christy” and “Judging Amy” — tying her for third place for winningest performers alongside Art Carney, Carl Reiner and Tim Conway. A seventh win would tie her for second place with Ed Asner, Mary Tyler Moore and Allison Janney. Cloris Leachman
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43rd Annual Gracie Awards Winners Announced by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (Awmf) announced the winners of the 43rd annual Gracie Awards to take place May 22 at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles.

The event will recognize such esteemed honorees as Ashley Judd, Billie Jean King, Claire Danes, Elizabeth Marvel, Hoda Kotb, Issa Rae, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Katie Couric, Megan Mullally, Pam Oliver, Reese Witherspoon, and Shirley Strawberry, along with some of the most talented women in television, radio and digital media. Local and student award winners will be recognized at the Gracie Awards Luncheon on June 27 at Cipriani in New York City.

“In a historic and momentous year for women, on and off the camera and in front of and behind the microphone, the Gracie Awards arrive at an important time to celebrate the storytellers who are changing the narrative and pushing boundaries in the quest toward diversity and equality,” said Awmf Chair Christine Travaglini,
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