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David Cross promises “meta, meta layers of hilarity” in new “Arrested Development”

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Sure, “The Dark Knight Rises” is going to be awesome. And “Django Unchained” looks pretty freaking cool. But the upcoming project we are hands down absolutely most excited for is the new season of “Arrested Development.”

Fortunately, we aren’t alone in that. IFC recently had a chance to chat with David Cross, the world’s favorite analrapist, while he was promoting his movie “It’s A Disaster” during the Los Angeles Film Festival. Despite the fact he plays a normal character in that movie, he’s ready to blue himself all over again when he reprises his role as Tobias Funke.

“It’s a character that I love and a great group of people that I look forward to working with again, and it’s a Mitch Hurwitz script so it’s going to be fucking meta, meta layers of hilarity,” he said.

Since we have visual proof that “Arrested Development” is being written, we know that there are actual, real, not speculative ideas for the upcoming season and movie floating around, though we aren’t privy to them yet. Apparently Cross knows some of them, though series creator Mitch Hurwitz would probably hunt him down if he told any of the ideas to us.

“Mitch and I talked about it the last time we were together, which was in Vegas for this Netflix thing, and told me some of the ideas,” Cross teased. “I can’t say anything for obvious reasons and I won’t say anything but they’re all great. I’m really, really chomping at the bit to do this stuff.”

Even though he can’t tell us what actually will happen in the new season, we did manage to get Cross to talk about which actors he’d like to work with more in the new episodes. Tobias storylines typically circle around his wife Lindsay, daughter Maeby and brother-in-law Michael, which means there are plenty of untapped Bluth family members left for him to harass work with.

“I would think that for comedic purposes, I would like to see Tobias and Lucille,” Cross said. “I think just writing-wise, comedic-wise, I think Tobias and Lucille would be funny.”

He continued, “I’d also like to see Tobias and George Sr. because I thought there was a bit of an untapped idea there when we were in prison because Tobias so clearly needs love and attention and a father figure and validation and George Sr. clearly, for understandable reasons, does not like Tobias at all, so I thought those two together would be kind of fun too.”

And now it’s that fun time where we get to move on to speculation. Everyone had their own favorite secondary character they wanted to see again when we pulled together our list of faces we’d like to see return for “Arrested Development’s” fourth season, and even Judy Greer teased who she’d want to see again. We asked Cross the same question, and weren’t too surprised to find out he wanted to see Kitty Sanchez again as badly as we do.

“I can say without hesitation that it would be Kitty, not speaking in how it will work in the show, but I’m just such a huge fan of Judy’s and I love her and I love working with her and she’s just such a fucking funny, brilliant, talented, nice lady,” he said. “I really, really enjoy hanging out with her so, for selfish reasons, I would say Kitty.”

But that’s not the only secondary character he’d want Hurwitz and the rest of the “Arrested Development” team to hunt down and bring back for the next season. “I would also say the horse I got to ride in the episode with Martin Short. I got to ride a horse, so I’d like to bring the horse back,” Cross said. Can we start that Internet campaign right now, please?

The last we heard, the new 10-episode-long season of “Arrested Development” is going start shooting over the summer and be released all at once later this year. That hopefully will lead up to a movie hitting theaters at some point in 2013, though we’re beginning to be doubtful that that will actually happen.

Are you as excited for new “Arrested Development” as we are? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

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IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

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IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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