What’s the latest on the Arrested Development front? Is the movie finally happening? What about more episodes on Netflix? WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON? WE NEED TO KNOW! Well, we asked the show’s humble narrator/producer/actor Ron Howard when he stopped by the Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) studios today for the latest update, and there is both good news and bad news. READ FULL STORY
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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
Stars of some new fall shows are set to present Emmys at the TV awards ceremony this weekend. Revolution‘s Giancarlo Esposito and Nashville‘s Connie Britton have joined the group of celebrities to take the stage at the Nokia Theater on Sunday. They also will be at the ceremony as nominees — Britton for American Horror Story and Esposito for Breaking Bad — along with fellow newly announced presenter Michael J. Fox, nominated for guest roles on Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Good Wife.
Other presenters announced today include Ron Howard, Lucy Liu, Kiefer Sutherland and nominees Jon Hamm, Julianna Margulies, and Julianne Moore.
They join previously announced presenters Jon Cryer, Claire Danes, Zooey Deschanel, Tina Fey, Melissa McCarthy, Emily Van Camp, Louis C.K., Ricky Gervais, Ginnifer Goodwin, Mindy Kaling, Jim Parsons, Amy Poehler and Kerry Washington.
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Playing Andy Griffith’s son, Opie, on The Andy Griffith Show, Ron Howard had a first-hand look into one of the most popular television shows — and characters — of all time. With the news that star Andy Griffith passed away this morning at age 86, Howard got on the phone with EW to share his favorite memories about his TV dad.
On his first meeting with Griffith, Howard said, “I was five years old. And I was preoccupied with the prop that was in my hand, because it was a toy turtle. But I had to pretend it was a real turtle that the audience just wasn’t seeing, and it was dead, so I was supposed to be crying and very emotional, and I remember him looking at that little turtle and talking to me about how it was kind of funny to have to pretend that was dead. So I recall just a very relaxed first impression.”
Howard stressed the positive memories he had of his time on the show and of Griffith’s role in that supportive environment. “He was fantastic,” Howard said. “There was a fantastic equilibrium between his love of laughter and jokes and funny stories and songs and all that, and then he could turn on a dime and be the utmost professional…. If people who met him were to be surprised [to learn something about him] it would be this sort of simple commitment to excellence. This straightforward work ethic that he adhered to in a very unpretentious way with great humility and very few words.” READ FULL STORY
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