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'The Millers' finale: Has it gotten any nicer?

Fart jokes and a slightly creepy mother-son Dirty Dancing-themed dance routine were the main takeaways from The Millers’ first episode. Meaning? Its first episode wasn’t exactly impressive.

The CBS sitcom seemed promising, and still does seem promising, because of its star-studded cast: There’s Will Arnett of Arrested Development, Jayma Mays from Glee, Curb Your Enthusiasm’s J.B. Smoove, and Emmy winners Beau Bridges and Margo Martindale. Unfortunately, episode one saw this talented cast trying their best to spit out lackluster material. Thursday’s finale had better material (and no fart jokes!), but still struggled a bit — mostly because it, like the pilot, was a little too mean-spirited.

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'The Millers' premiere react: Go big or go home

Creating a funny family out of quirky parents living with their adult children is one thing. Taking that family and making it lovable, well, that’s another thing entirely.

The premiere of Will Arnett’s new CBS comedy The Millers was a lackluster first effort, I’m sad to say. Arnett plays Nathan, a semi-successful broadcast journalist, who accidentally turns his life upside down when his parents come to visit. After he reveals that he and his wife are divorced, his father (Beau Bridges) decides it’s time for him to leave his wife of 43 years. And by leave, I mean go live with his daughter Debbie (Jayma Mays), while mom (Margo Martindale) stays with Nathan. So now we’ve got two grown siblings (one with a family and one recently divorced) who are living with one of their parents.

Nathan is stuck with his newly single mother, who enjoys sleeping pills and (fart joke alert!) can’t tell when she’s passed gas. Meanwhile, Debbie is stuck with her ridiculously stupid father, who accidentally flushes a belt down the toilet, puts metal in the microwave, and can’t figure out how to work any remote in the history of remotes. Even Arnett’s laid-back one-liners can’t save the in-your-face comedic approach of this episode.
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'Arrested Development': Five episodes to watch to get ready for Sunday

We’re less than 48 away from BRAND NEW ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT EPISODES! They’re here! It’s really happening! So what better way to kick off your Memorial Day weekend than by re-watching some of the best episodes of the first three seasons? (Who needs the beach?)

This post isn’t intended for newbies — if you’ve never spent any time with the Bluth gang, you should definitely start at the very beginning and watch straight through. Instead, if you’re a banana stand regular who hasn’t dropped by the model home recently, read on for the best episodes to re-watch to get ready for Sunday. Note: I’m not saying these are the absolute best episodes of the series; rather, these are a few of the ones that introduced main recurring jokes/plot that might resurface come season 4. Come on! READ FULL STORY

Will Arnett picks up Bill Clinton's sax for 'Arsenio'-inspired short -- VIDEO

Why is comedian Paul Scheer recreating classic moments from the original Arsenio Hall Show in a new YouTube series called The ArScheerio Paul Show? There’s really no explanation — beyond the fact that he’s doing it under the umbrella of JASH, an online comedy network devoted to offering all its partners “complete creative autonomy.” You know, just in case they want to do something like this. Weird comedy aficionados Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Reggie Watts, Tim Heidecker, and Eric Wareheim must approve — after all, they’re the “luminaries” who founded JASH.

Though Scheer steps into Hall’s shoes for his remake, the video manages to avoid any hints of minstrelsy — at least, until Will Arnett shows up as a mealy-mouthed Bill Clinton. The clip’s a fairly straightforward remake of Clinton’s famous 1992 Arsenio appearance, but Arnett’s interpretation of Slick Willie’s Arkansas drawl does give it a welcome hint of absurdity. Grab your shades and watch below.

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This week's cover: Behind the scenes of the new 'Arrested Development'

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One month from now, all of your questions will be answered. What dysfunctional disasters have befallen our Bluths since we last saw them in 2006? Did Buster survive that last seal confrontation with his other hand intact? Is the stair car now a hybrid? (Probably not.) And, oh, yes, will the new Arrested Development episodes scratch that seven-year-wait of an itch?

But maybe you can’t wait another month. You need some answers now. So make yourself a breakfast of champions — vodka rocks and a piece of toast, perhaps — and check out this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, which celebrates AD with three collector’s covers (click through to see the rest) and fills you in on the revival of one of this century’s most beloved cult comedies. On May 26, Netflix will release 15 new episodes of Arrested all at once, and they are intended to serve as a set-up to that long-anticipated movie (which is not yet greenlighted). We spoke with all nine cast members as well as series creator/executive producer Mitchell Hurwitz about the surprisingly emotional reunion, what to expect from this batch of episodes, and more. “This year is about the enduring entanglements of family,” Hurwitz explains of the new season. “They are 10 years older than when we met, so that means emotionally they’re, like, two years older than we met them. Amazing things happen when one goes from being emotionally 12 years old to emotionally being 14 years old.” Or, as Will Arnett, a.k.a. misguided magician Gob, declares: “It’s the story of shame, cunning, thievery, dishonor, backstabbing, deceit, bold-faced lying, one-upmanship, psychological torture, lust, financial ruin, and magic, all supported by a very broad beam of dysfunctional love.” READ FULL STORY

'30 Rock': Jack battles his teenage nemesis and Octavia Spencer stops by

The end is nigh, nerds! As a part of her lifelong quest to have it all, Liz started fertility treatments. But of course the hormones from the injections made her extra crazy and forced Lemon to reconsider her options: She could go it the old-fashioned way, wait at least another four years to adopt a newborn, or adopt an older child. (An older kid? Gross!) Ultimately, with some unlikely help from Tracy, she decided that maybe she could handle an older child. So it seems that Liz Lemon might end up with a kid by the season’s end after all.  READ FULL STORY

'30 Rock' celebrity guest stars: Your favorites?

You know what is quite possibly the opposite of Lizzing? The overwhelming sadness I feel when I realize there are only six episodes of 30 Rock left. And while there is plenty of stuff I’m going to miss — Werewolf Bar Mitzvahs, Reaganing — I think what my Thursday nights will lack the most going forward is quality celebrity guest star appearances. 30 Rock nailed it on that front pretty much every week. One of the great pleasures of the show was the surprise of finding out just who was going to stop by. And with Tina Fey at the helm, essentially no star was too big (even Paul McCartney had a cameo!). I got to thinking about some of my favorites on the program – and there are just so many greats to choose from. Who can forget Liz’s brief involvement with James Franco, or Will Forte as a Jenna impersonator/her one true love?

I cut down from a rather large list to cull five of my favorites (For now! There are sooo many great ones!). Check it out below:

1.    Kelsey Grammer: One of my favorite scenes from the show was when Grammer partnered with Kenneth and Jenna to steal ice cream cake for profit from Carvels. What a windfall! READ FULL STORY

Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter to appear in new 'Arrested' eps -- VIDEO

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:

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Amy Poehler and Will Arnett split: Who is Hollywood's next funniest couple?

I remember chuckling at some of the Twilight fans that were so broken up when Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson’s fairy tale romance was ripped apart. But then yesterday happened, and I read the news that Amy Poehler and Will Arnett are no longer together.

I’m not joking. I feel… sad. And I’m not alone. “It’s ridiculous just how much the Amy Poehler/Will Arnett split is bumming me out. I’m listening to Sigur Ros, staring at the wall, numb,” tweeted EW’s Darren Franich.

Hyperbole, sort of, yet the couple — who had been together for nine years and have two young sons — was adored by just about everyone — certainly by fans of Saturday Night Live, Arrested Development, and NBC’s Thursday night comedies. They were cute together, but more importantly, they were hilarious. Maybe I’d want to go to Cannes with Brangelina, but I would’ve wanted to live around the block from and barbecued with the Arnetts. Any list of Funniest Celebrity Couples had them at or near the top. READ FULL STORY

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