The banana stand will be back in business -- or so the creator and cast of Arrested Development say.
At the The New Yorker Festival's (partial) Bluth reunion yesterday, creator Mitch Hurwitz announced they are "trying to do a limited-run series" of about 10 episodes prior to the movie, which is "80 percent of the way to an answer." It probably really means: "Hey, we all want to work together again and ruin the perfect ending to the series with another season, but who knows if it will actually happen, because we don't actually own the property, so we're just going to do the chicken dance onstage and get everyone's hopes up for another few years." It's just an illusion!
His name definitely isn't Earl anymore: Jason Lee will be joining Up All Night as a clean-cut single dad that begins dating Ava (Maya Rudolph). While Lee might not be the obvious choice for Ava (she seems like she'd be more into the rich and glamorous type... or a Stedman-esque guy), her interactions with his kid should provide laughs.
Steven Hyde is sitcom-bound (we couldn't believe it either): That '70's Show's Danny Masterson will star in TBS's new comedy Men at Work, about a guy whose friends help him be more manly. Somehow I don't think a guy who spins under the name DJ Momjeans is too worried about being manly, though.
Author Jonathan Franzen confirmed a deal for the rumored HBO adaptation of his 2001 novel The Corrections is in the works at The New Yorker Festival this weekend. Upon its premiere, The Corrections will win all the awards and make all the best of television lists, until Oprah decides to promote it and Franzen flips out, causing her to rescind his appearance from her network and America's housewives to hate him forever.
Netflix announced it will add Lilyhammer, a Norwegian-produced television show about a Mafioso who testified against his former boss and ended up in the Norwegian countryside as part of the Witness Protection Program, to its original programming. Can't wait to watch it when it's a boring Friday night, there's nothing on television, and streaming Notting Hill for the fiftieth time on Netflix just won't cut it.
Glee's ratings aren't the only thing to go down this season: The songs for each episode have been hitting the charts at lower places than last season, and some not even making it at all. Last year, the songs from the season premiere debuted between numbers 21 and 51 on the Billboard charts, while the highest this season's premiere has hit is number 65 with Darren Criss's "It's Not Unusual." Maybe they should stick to butchering songs kid actually listen to, rather than showtunes, or else the Glee CDs will forever be relegated to the clearance bin at Walmart.
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