Today’s news: it’s not all doom and gloom and flying cows! This morning, Conan O’Brien tweeted what he’s calling the “first official photo from the new Arrested Development.” It’s sure to cheer up any Hurricane Sandy-struck AD fans who feel like they’re about to blue themselves. Here’s the shot:
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What do you know about the 2013 Ford Fusion? If you watched last night’s New Girl, the answer is “all too much” — thanks to a two-minute sequence in which clumsy Jess struggled to model at a car show. As she stumbled about in her giant heels, a brand ambassador droned on and on about the new model’s many features. If the physical comedy hadn’t been so labored, the bit might have worked. But it didn’t.
In an age of ad-skipping DVRs and pirated online streaming, viewers have learned to accept a certain degree of commercialization on their favorite shows — especially the ones that are ratings-challenged. At the end of the day, an episode of Fringe sprinkled with plugs for Sprint’s Google Wallet is better than no Fringe at all. And a few fourth wall-busting series have managed to win us over by turning product integration into a joke — think Arrested Development‘s “It’s a wonderful restaurant!” or 30 Rock‘s “Can we have our money now?”
But even if it did make sense for Jess to step in for her sick model friend Cece at a car show, it didn’t make sense to insert her into a two-minute car commercial. Of course, New Girl‘s attempted Ford/comedy fusion isn’t the first egregious example of commercial-addled TV — remember these five product placement pioneers?
Chareth Richter lives!
According to Will Arnett, his buddies Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter will both appear in Arrested Development‘s hotly anticipated fourth season. The comedian broke the news during last night’s Conan. “I don’t want to give away too much,” Arnett said slyly, “but let me put it this way: There are a few people on this stage tonight who are a part of [season 4].”
He looked back and forth between O’Brien and Richter. “And I think we know who we are.” It wasn’t an illusion — watch for yourself here:
Good news: Arrested Development will return to life next spring with the debut of an all-new fourth season on Netflix. More good news: There’s going to be a premiere party in L.A. to celebrate the occasion. Now for some bad news: Your invitation was kind of thrown into the ocean by GOB. And back to good news: You can still get into this event by bidding on four premiere party tickets, thanks to EW’s partnership with Charitybuzz for our third-annual Reunions Issue. That’s right — the cause is good! READ FULL STORY
This Week's Cover: The casts of 'Arrested Development', 'Clueless' and more get back together in the Reunions Issue!
Are you ready for your yearly dose of pop-culture nostalgia? Entertainment Weekly‘s third annual Reunions Issue brings together ten of your favorite TV and movie casts, from The Larry Sanders Show to Breaking Away. To top it off, fans of Arrested Development, Melrose Place, and Clueless can celebrate their pop-culture favorites with special collector’s edition covers, which are available to buy individually. Here’s a sampling of what to expect:
Clueless: The high school satire may have evolved into a coming-of-age classic, but not every cast-member was immediately smitten with their character. Alicia Silverstone recounts her first impression of Cher: “I thought, ‘Who is this girl?’ I had nothing in common with her at all. I thought she was a materialistic, annoying little bitch.” She and co-star Donald Faison also admit that they didn’t immediately get most of the now-famous slang in the film. Says Faison: “I had no idea what the hell I was saying. What the f— is a ‘Monet’? What’s ‘going postal’ mean? And when they explained to me what it meant, I thought, ‘That’s really messed up!'”
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We’ve come a long way from the days of candybar phones pre-programmed with monophonic versions of “The Entertainer.” These days, anything can be a ringtone — which comes in handy when you’re as pop culture-obsessed as EW’s staff.
Assistant News Director Denise Warner has her phone play the Downton Abbey theme song whenever she gets a call; before that, her cell rang to the tune of Warren G’s “Regulate.” EW.com producer Nika Vagner uses Ryan Gosling reading “Hey girl” memes aloud as her ringtone. (And you can too!) My own ringtone isn’t particularly pop culture-y — it’s a snippet from a Guster song I’ve been using since I was 19 — but my mom programmed her own so that when I call her, it plays “Mambo” from West Side Story. This explains why I turned out the way I did.
So, what’s your own custom ringtone? Read how other EW staffers answered this question, then add your response in the comments. Bonus points for anyone who uses a Stefon quote; points deducted for anything including the word “trampire.”
Jason Bateman made the opposite of a huge mistake today: He gave us a tiny gift of photography, wrapped up in a bow of mystery. Accompanied by the words “First day. Away we go…,” he tweeted a photo, presumably from the set of Arrested Development, the beloved cult comedy that is returning from the land of cancellation with new episodes. (Ten fresh installments will arrive on Netflix in 2013.)
The photo doesn’t show Bateman or any of our other cast members, all of whom are expected to return for the fourth season. But two-thirds of a very familiar trio are visible: Workaholics‘ Adam DeVine and Anders Holm. (Is Blake Anderson just out of frame?) There is a connection here: Arrested mastermind Mitch Hurwitz popped up as Cool Eric on Workaholics last year. Check out the full shot below: READ FULL STORY
How best to celebrate the arrival of the fifth month, PopWatchers? Lacking a May pole in EW’s office, I decided to turn to pop culture. Though I considered expanding the net to include non-traditional picks like bunkin’ cousin Maeby Fünke from Arrested Development and Ghost‘s Oda Mae Brown (“Molly, you in danger, girl!”), there was plenty of May love to go around without getting Fünke with it. Below, five of my favorite May touchstones. READ FULL STORY
Though it actually launched on Oct. 9, 1986, Fox is celebrating its 25th anniversary this weekend with a primetime extravaganza featuring such stars of yesteryear as Calista Flockhart, Gabrielle Carteris, Ian Ziering, and David Faustino. Before tomorrow night’s broadcast, we thought it appropriate to take a look back at how the network has changed the pop culture landscape in the last quarter century. READ FULL STORY
There’s a video of the Brothers Bluth trading quips while shaving, and you thought we wouldn’t write a post about it? Come on!
Will Arnett and Jason Bateman have teamed up to produce Mansome, the latest documentary from Super Size Me director Morgan Spurlock. (Guess Tony Hale was busy?) According to its official synopsis, the doc — which premieres tomorrow at the Tribeca Film Festival — examines questions of masculinity “in the age of manscaping, metrosexuals, and grooming products galore.” The film also includes candid interviews with funnymen like Paul Rudd and Zach Galifianakis — as well as moments like the following clip, first posted by E! Online, in which Arnett and Bateman couple razor blades with razor-sharp barbs. Check it out below. READ FULL STORY
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