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Judy Greer confirms Kitty Sanchez is back in “Arrested Development”

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It’s time to say hello (again) to these. Judy Greer tweeted the confirmation we’ve all been dying to hear: Kitty Sanchez will indeed be returning to the fourth season of “Arrested Development.”

“Guess what I’m doing today…….” Greer tweeted last night along with the above photographic evidence. She’s not the first actor to tweet images from the set, but Jason Bateman has largely been on radio silence for the past few weeks. At least Ron Howard has been offering some teases, but — as he puts it — he’s “not giving away ANY details.”

When we caught up with Greer back in March, she offered her dream explanation for Kitty’s return.

“I’d like for her to take the whole family down,” she said. “I feel like Kitty Sanchez should come back with all the secrets and take down the Bluths. But, I probably shouldn’t put it out there, because then they’ll be like, ‘Well, now we can’t do that!'”

Hopefully this experience filming will be just like the last time, which she described as being last-minute and awesome because of that.

“They’d be like, ‘Can you come in to work tonight?’ I’d be like, ‘Yes, where are you shooting?’ ‘In Piru, can you be here in an hour?’ ‘Yeah, I’m at dinner. Like, I’m drinking.’ ‘It’s fine, it’s fine, we just realized we have to have you in this scene.’ They were just kind of awesome,” she told us in May.

“Arrested Development” is currently filming its at-least-10-episode fourth season for Netflix. Season four picks up several years after the events of season three, and each episode will focus on a different member of the Bluth family. If this Netflix season is successful, Hurwitz is planning to follow it up with either a fifth season or a movie. “Arrested Development’s” new season will be released at once at some point next year. In addition to Greer, Ron Howard, John Slattery, the cast of “Workaholics” and Scott Baio will all be guest starring in the new season.

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15 Hilarious Soap Opera Parodies

Catch the classic sitcom Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

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The soap opera is the indestructible core of television fandom. We celebrate modern series like The Wire and Breaking Bad with their ongoing storylines, but soap operas have been tangling more plot threads than a quilt for decades. Which is why pop culture enjoys parodying them so much.

Check out some of the funniest soap opera parodies below, and be sure to catch Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

1. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was a cult hit soap parody from the mind of Norman Lear that poked daily fun at the genre with epic twists and WTF moments. The first season culminated in a perfect satire of ratings stunts, with Mary being both confined to a psychiatric facility and chosen to be part of a Nielsen ratings family.


2. IKEA Heights

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IKEA Heights proves that the soap opera is alive and well, even if it has to be filmed undercover at a ready-to-assemble furniture store totally unaware of what’s happening. This unique webseries brought the classic formula to a new medium. Even IKEA saw the funny side — but has asked that future filmmakers apply through proper channels.


3. Fresno

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When you’re parodying ’80s nighttime soaps like Dallas and Dynasty , everything about your show has to equally sumptuous. The 1986 CBS miniseries Fresno delivered with a high-powered cast (Carol Burnett, Teri Garr and more in haute couture clothes!) locked in the struggle for the survival of a raisin cartel.


4. Soap

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Soap was the nighttime response to daytime soap operas: a primetime skewering of everything both silly and satisfying about the source material. Plots including demonic possession and alien abduction made it a cult favorite, and necessitated the first televised “viewer discretion” disclaimer. It also broke ground for featuring one of the first gay characters on television in the form of Billy Crystal’s Jodie Dallas. Revisit (or discover for the first time) this classic sitcom every Saturday morning on IFC.


5. Too Many Cooks

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Possibly the most perfect viral video ever made, Too Many Cooks distilled almost every style of television in a single intro sequence. The soap opera elements are maybe the most hilarious, with more characters and sudden shocking twists in an intro than most TV scribes manage in an entire season.


6. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

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Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace was more mockery than any one medium could handle. The endless complications of Darkplace Hospital are presented as an ongoing horror soap opera with behind-the-scenes anecdotes from writer, director, star, and self-described “dreamweaver visionary” Garth Marenghi and astoundingly incompetent actor/producer Dean Learner.


7. “Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive,” MadTV

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Soap opera connoisseurs know that the most melodramatic plots are found in Korea. MADtv‘s parody Tae Do  (translation: Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive) features the struggles of mild-mannered characters with far more feelings than their souls, or subtitles, could ever cope with.


8. Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks, the twisted parody of small town soaps like Peyton Place whose own creator repeatedly insists is not a parody, has endured through pop culture since it changed television forever when it debuted in 1990. The show even had it’s own soap within in a soap called…


9. “Invitation to Love,” Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks didn’t just parody soap operas — it parodied itself parodying soap operas with the in-universe show Invitation to Love. That’s more layers of deceit and drama than most televised love triangles.


10. “As The Stomach Turns,” The Carol Burnett Show

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The Carol Burnett Show poked fun at soaps with this enduring take on As The World Turns. In a case of life imitating art, one story involving demonic possession would go on to happen for “real” on Days of Our Lives.


11. Days of our Lives (Friends Edition)

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Still airing today, Days of Our Lives is one of the most famous soap operas of all time. They’re also excellent sports, as they allowed Friends star Joey Tribbiani to star as Dr Drake Ramoray, the only doctor to date his own stalker (while pretending to be his own evil twin). And then return after a brain-transplant.

And let’s not forget the greatest soap opera parody line ever written: “Come on Joey, you’re going up against a guy who survived his own cremation!”


12. Acorn Antiques

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First appearing on the BBC sketch comedy series Victoria Wood As Seen on TV, Acorn Antiques combines almost every low-budget soap opera trope into one amazing whole. The staff of a small town antique store suffer a disproportional number of amnesiac love-triangles, while entire storylines suddenly appear and disappear without warning or resolution. Acorn Antiques was so popular, it went on to become a hit West End musical.


13. “Point Place,” That 70s Show

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In a memorable That ’70s Show episode, an unemployed Red is reduced to watching soaps all day. He becomes obsessed despite the usual Red common-sense objections (like complaining that it’s impossible to fall in love with someone in a coma). His dreams render his own life as Point Place, a melodramatic nightmare where Kitty leaves him because he’s unemployed. (Click here to see all airings of That ’70s Show on IFC.)


14. The Spoils of Babylon

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Bursting from the minds of Will Ferrell and creators Andrew Steele and Matt Piedmont, The Spoils of Babylon was a spectacular parody of soap operas and epic mini-series like The Thorn Birds. Taking the parody even further, Ferrell himself played Eric Jonrosh, the author of the book on which the series was based. Jonrosh returned in The Spoils Before Dying, a jazzy murder mystery with its own share of soapy twists and turns.

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15. All My Children Finale, SNL

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SNL‘s final celebration of one of the biggest soaps of all time is interrupted by a relentless series of revelations from stage managers, lighting designers, make-up artists, and more. All of whom seem to have been married to or murdered by (or both) each other.

“Arrested Development” to premiere spring 2013 and have “at least” 10 episodes

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When you ask, you shall receive. And we asked really nicely that David Cross’s claims about the fourth season of “Arrested Development” getting 13 episodes be a reality.

Well, it turns out he was telling the truth. The Huffington Post reached out to an unnamed Netflix spokesperson who not only gave the site a tentative release date but also confirmation that there could be more than 10 episodes this season.

“According to a spokesperson for Netflix, Season 4 will arrive in spring. Netflix still hasn’t released an exact date for the return of the Bluth clan, but we’re one step closer to knowing when we’ll be able to taste the happy,” HuffPo writes. “Another interesting tidbit: According to Netflix, the episode order could grow beyond the 10 installments the company originally ordered.”

That aligns with what Cross teased. He claimed that the season has flowed over the planned 10-episode order because there was simply too much of the Bluth’s story to tell.

“I think it’s going to be 13 episodes, not 10. There’s too much story,” he told Rolling Stone in a recent interview. “Some characters will have two-parters. Everybody sort of participates, sometimes in a bigger way and sometimes in a tiny little thread that goes through everybody else’s stories.”

Beyond that, it’s exciting to have a tentative “spring 2013″ release date to mark in our calendars. The plan is still to release the entire fourth season at once on Netflix to give fans a chance to go back and rewatch the episodes and find all of their easter eggs. No word yet on whether season four will be followed up with another season or with a movie.

Are you excited to have a potential release date and confirmation there will be more than 10 episodes? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

“Arrested Development” season four could get 13 episodes

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If there’s anything we’ve learned in the six years since “Arrested Development” was cancelled, it’s that the best way to make things happen for the series is for someone involved in the project to say them in to the media before they actually are confirmed. We’re hoping that’s what David Cross is doing now that he’s going around telling people that the fourth season of “Arrested Development,” currently filming for a premiere on Netflix sometime next year, will be three episodes longer than we expected.

“I think it’s going to be 13 episodes, not 10. There’s too much story,” he told Rolling Stone in a recent interview. “Some characters will have two-parters. Everybody sort of participates, sometimes in a bigger way and sometimes in a tiny little thread that goes through everybody else’s stories.”

Cross then went on to say that fans will want to watch the new episodes over and over and over again. We already knew that was creator Mitch Hurwitz’s plan when he announced that Netflix would release all the episodes at once next year, but it turns out that the reasoning for the re-watching goes deeper than just the quality of the season.

“I’m not gonna divulge anything, but I know what the stories are and what Mitch is doing, and it’s so layered. It’s really audacious and amazing,” Cross said. “I think a lot of people will miss the work that is involved, the story, the Venn diagrams that are being created, the domino effect that characters have with each other in their various episodes. I know what he’s doing, and this has never been done on a TV show like this. This makes Lost look like a Spaulding Grey monologue. You’ll have to watch each episode more than once.”

In other “Arrested Development” news, Ron Howard apparently filmed the first portion of his cameo last night and tweeted four new pictures from the set. One shows Michael Cera behind-the-scenes, while another shows the crew filming on a set that looks like a bar. Our favorite, though, is the third installment of the Hurwitz-Howard-Bateman brofest that’s been going on since well before the new season was announced. Keep ‘em coming, boys.

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