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Will Arnett open to returning to 'Arrested Development'

Will Arnett may be starring in CBS’ The Millers this fall, but he’s still open to returning to Arrested Development.

“I think that for all of us, Arrested is something that we love doing and we love working together,” Arnett told EW about the series, which might return to Netflix for a fifth season. “Whatever sort of incarnation comes up, I’m very open to it.”

On The Millers, Arnett plays a recently divorced reporter whose plans for bachelorhood get sidetracked when his overbearing mother (Margo Martindale) moves in with him after separating from his father (Beau Bridges).

He’s not the only actor on the CBS sitcom willing to pull double duty: Martindale, who played Russian spy Claudia on FX’s The Americans, told reporters this morning at the Television Critics Tour in Los Angeles that she hopes to return to the role.

So how does The Millers creator Greg Garcia feel about sharing his actors?

Netflix execs keep ratings under wraps but promise 'TV-sized audiences' during investor Q&A -- VIDEO

On the heel of 14 record-breaking Emmy nominations, executives over at Netflix sat down to discuss their current business affairs in an über-hip Google Hangout interview that took place live on YouTube.

Executives touched mostly on economics and stock options, but also mentioned Netflix’s incredible success with original programming. The company now has a solid slate of original shows under its belt, including House of CardsArrested Development, and Orange Is the New Black. “When we look at original content, whether it’s House of Cards or Arrested Development, we’re just in the very early innings of this. We’re figuring out how to promote them, and what the ongoing value is, what we see is if we do it right, then these will turn into some real franchises,” Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said.

Netflix exec talks historic Emmy nominations and the company's future

With 14 Emmy nominations — nine for House for Cards, including Outstanding Drama Series and acting nods for Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright — Netflix has definitely made a statement while making history as the first Internet network to break into the field. “The great message is, and I think Emmy voters confirmed it for us today, great television is great television, no matter how it gets to the screen,” Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos says.

“What we were able to put on the screen this year earned 14 Emmy nominations. We’re thrilled. We’re a little giddy about it,” he says, laughing hard. “We took some really big bets, but we bet on some really big talent in David Fincher, Mitch Hurwitz, and Eli Roth,” he continues. Hurwitz’s Arrested Development earned three nominations (for lead actor Jason Bateman, single-camera picture editing, and original music composition), while Roth’s Hemlock Grove was recognized for its main title-theme music and special visual-effects.

“We also took a big bet on staying out of their way and letting them create a show,” Sarandos says. “These shows that were nominated today are not the result of pilots and testing and studio and network notes. This is really the result of great storytellers telling great stories, and we couldn’t be more proud of them.”

Click below for more of the conversation: READ FULL STORY

'Arrested Development' in talks for Netflix renewal




Arrested Development executive producer Brian Grazer said, when apparently asked today about doing a fifth season of AD for Netflix: “We are in conversations with them to do another. They are interested in doing that.” More proper nouns and fewer pronouns would have been helpful in that sentence. But Bloomberg Television says that’s what the Imagine Entertainment co-chairman meant during an interview at the Allen & Co. conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, today.

We’ve been down this road of endless hints and public speculation before, of course. But this is firmly a more reliable source than, oh, a Jeffrey Tambor tweet, or something. Netflix has previously stated they’d be interested in potentially doing more and, in response to an inquiry about Grazer’s comment, reiterated that sentiment.

'Arrested Development': Mitchell Hurwitz on the movie -- and the Romney joke you never saw

Now that America has had time to absorb the new season of Arrested Development (and catch up on some sleep), series creator/executive producer Mitchell Hurwitz (him?) spoke to reporters on a conference call today about the 15 episodes released on Netflix, the future of the franchise, and more. The highlights:

• Hurwitz said that a variety of mediums could have been — and can be used — for continuing the saga of the Bluths: “Give us the canvas and let’s see what we come up with. If it were a movie canvas, we would absolutely tailor to that, but the life of the family does seem to play out episodically, so I think there’s an argument for both things. Really, whoever wants it. Maybe we could do it as a series of articles. Remember when Woody Allen got turned into a comic strip? I think we should go to the comic strip format.”

Netflix wants more 'Arrested Development'

The Bluth family may be back for another ride in the stair car.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings told CNBC this morning that the company would be interested in commissioning more episodes of Arrested Development if the talent was willing. Hastings stressed that commissioning more Arrested really came down to cast availability — a problem that held up the fourth season of the cult favorite as well. If the cast is able to get together again, it’ll be interesting to see what form the next chapter of Arrested takes, as the fourth season of the show seemed to set up a long-rumored movie (as opposed to more episodic television).

Hastings declined to release the exact numbers of how many people have streamed the show since its debut Sunday, simply saying, “It’s been huge, just as we had hoped.” He elaborated that they aren’t yet releasing numbers because “Netflix is about being able to watch when you want … So we’re really not focused on the day-one ratings, it’s really over the first year.”

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Netflix stock dips after 'Arrested Development' receives mixed reviews

The hoopla surrounding the return of Arrested Development on Netflix’s Internet video service has quickly dissolved into a letdown on Wall Street.

Netflix’s stock fell by more than 6 percent Tuesday as investors reacted to critics’ mixed reviews over the weekend of the first new Arrested Development episodes since Fox canceled the TV series seven years ago. The shares shed $14.55 to close at $214.19, marking the biggest one-day drop in the stock in nearly six months.

IDC analyst Greg Ireland characterized Tuesday’s sell-off as an overreaction, given that it’s far too early to know whether Netflix’s latest high-profile foray into original programming will turn out to be a hit or a flop for the company. That determination probably won’t be made until late July, when Netflix Inc. typically announces the number of subscribers it added during the April-June period. READ FULL STORY

'Arrested Development': Adam DeVine explains his 'Workaholics'-themed cameo

Spoiler alert! Don’t keep reading unless you’ve seen the fourth season premiere of Arrested Development. READ FULL STORY

'Arrested Development' creator Mitch Hurwitz leaves fans and 'haters' a handwritten note on Facebook

Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz is well aware that the series would never have come back for a fourth season without the grassroots support of fans. So as those fans start diving into the 15 new episodes now available for streaming on Netflix, Hurwitz has posted a handwritten note to Facebook addressed to “our friends, fans, supporters, detractors, haters, enemies, and arch enemies,” thanking the true-blue (or true-Bluth) AD faithful for giving him “another chance to bring these characters to life.” “[We] could not have dones [sic] so without your consistent effort to ‘spread the word’ about it,” Hurwitz writes. “Although obviously in the case of the enemies, the words you spread were ‘don’t watch this show!’ You know I probably shouldn’t have even included them in the salutation — but I’m writing this in ink + making all sorts of mistakes. Did you notice the ‘s’ at the end of the word ‘done’?”

Hurwitz leaves binge-watchers with one final tip for tackling season 4: “It’s really meant to be watched in order. And you really should watch them all — because they build and, I’m just saying ‘eventually.’ If you can. All 15. But really this is yours now. Except for the obvious copyright issues. And you need to subscribe to Netflix. So it’s not completely yours, I guess.”

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'Arrested Development': Ron Howard on his guest spot, playing the narrator and... Bluth holiday specials?

Ron Howard isn’t just the folksy narrator who ties it all together on Arrested Development — he’s one of the show’s executive producers and biggest champions who helped bring the 2003-2006 cult comedy back to life. (Netflix will unleash fifteen new episodes at 3:01 am ET/midnight PT.) “Having been around enough shows, I just recognized that there was something so entirely unique about this combination of a brilliant cast and a creator/showrunner [Mitchell Hurwitz] who was at his very best writing for those characters,” says the Imagine Entertainment co-founder and former Happy Days star, who has directed such films as Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind. “I just lamented its passing in a big way. So I was always interested in trying to fan the flame.” Here, Howard warms up on a variety of Arrested topics. READ FULL STORY

'Arrested Development': Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Tony Hale on the Bluth brothers and new episodes

A megalomaniacal magician who makes a lot of huge mistakes. A hook-handed, shoulder-rubbing stay-at-home son who suffers from panic attacks. A well-intended, sensible yet slightly superior martyr/father who’s trying to keep his freaky family from falling apart. Together they represent the Bluth brothers, and though they don’t always see eye to eye, Gob (Will Arnett), Buster (Tony Hale), and Michael (Jason Bateman) are hermanos to the end. Now, their adventures begin anew as Arrested Development, the revered cult comedy that was cancelled by Fox in 2006, offers up 15 new episodes that will be released on Netflix tonight at the stroke of 3:01 am ET/12:01 a.m. PT. A comeback story for the digital ages? A second chance at comedy domination? A third thing? “I would call it ‘The Return of AD: Sweet Revenge; The Joke’s On Us,'” quips Arnett. Read all about this next chapter in the story of a wealthy family who lost everything and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together right here. After you’re finished, soak up these bonus quotes from Bateman, Arnett, and Hale, who discuss everything from the new season to getting back in character to action figures to onesies. READ FULL STORY

'Arrested Development': David Cross and Portia de Rossi talk new season, Tobias and Lindsay

Arrested Development is another in a long line of shows that came before it that were slightly ahead of their time. Maybe six, seven years from now, it will get its second coming.” –David Cross to EW in November 2005

Crosstradamus proved to be pretty darned prophetic. That ambitious, weird little family comedy may have been too whipsmart for its own good in the mid-aughts, but more people discovered it in its afterlife, and on May 26 (3 a.m. ET/midnight PT), Netflix will officially raise the show from the dead by releasing 15 new episodes. “I’m not a spiritual or religious person, but it is a blessing. It is a rare opportunity we’ve been given,” says current-day Cross, who is reprising his role as misguided thespian-in-training Dr. Tobias Fünke, “husband” of the self-serving socialite Lindsay Bluth Fünke (Portia de Rossi). Echoes de Rossi: “To take all that time off and to go back to something that was really special and unique to begin with, and for it still to be special and unique now is incredibly cool…. I just never thought I would get to hang with those people again and to say those amazing, funny lines again.” After reading our story about the show’s much-anticipated return here, check out these bonus quotes from Cross and de Rossi to avoid numbness of the extremities, short-term memory loss, decreased libido and/or complete shutdown of the pituitary gland. READ FULL STORY

'Arrested Development': Michael Cera and Alia Shawkat reveal what's in store for Maeby and George Michael

Theirs was a forbidden relationship. They were cousins, and dangerous ones at that. Their time together was fun and sexy, yes, but also complicated and confusing. They were the youngest members of the Bluth family: the sincere, perpetually flustered George Michael Bluth (Michael Cera) and rebellious, attention-seeking Maeby Fünke (Alia Shawkat). And now fates — and  fan demand — have thrown these two kissing cousins together again: Arrested Development returns on May 26 after a seven-year absence with 15 new episodes on Netflix. How did this highly regarded but low-rated twisted family comedy wind up back on the screen? That story is here. But maybe, if not surely, you are also interested in reading some bonus quotes from Cera and Shakwat, who discuss the new season, their characters and more. READ FULL STORY


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