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Carl Weathers is returning for season four of “Arrested Development”

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Tobias Funke is going to be going back to acting classes, because it has now been confirmed that Carl Weathers is going to be returning in “Arrested Development’s” fourth season.

“All the old friends are back. Carl Weathers is back,” David Cross spilled to Vulture.

Our guess is he’ll be in the Tobias-oriented episode, but hopefully he’ll make more than one appearance this season. After all, we’re sure that there are plenty of Bluths who have thought about getting into acting after we saw them last in season 3 — maybe even Maeby.

The upcoming 10-to-13-episode season of “Arrested Development” is bringing back plenty of familiar faces. Mae Whitman, Liza Minelli, Judy Greer, Ron Howard, Scott Baio and Henry Winkler will all be back, and newcomers Isla Fisher, Terry Crews, John Slattery and the cast of “Workaholics” will join them. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Portia de Rossi talked about the experience of bringing everyone back to set after six years away.

“We all walked onto the set and we just sat around and stared at each other, and it was surreal,” she said. “Everybody looked exactly the same and they acted exactly the same, both in character and in between takes. Body ­language was the same, the same old jokes, the same old eye rolls. It was really amazing.”

“Arrested Development” season four will air on Netflix at some point next spring. It will have anywhere from 10 to 13 episodes, and could be released all at once instead of weekly.

And if you need a refresher of what you should do with your extra chicken bones, enjoy:

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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.

The Bluths are back together again in new “Arrested Development” family photo

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The Bluths are back together again.

This week’s Entertainment Weekly is the Reunions Edition and our favorite television family is front and center. The cast of “Arrested Development” is hard at work filming the fourth season of the show, which means it was likely pretty easy to bring them all together and get them dolled up for an EW photo shoot of epic proportions.

This isn’t the first of the ridiculous family photos the Bluths have taken for our viewing pleasure (you can see them all over at Buzzfeed), but it just might be the best. We can read into the larger implications of their costumes at a later date, but for now let’s just revel in seeing them all back together again.

EW posted a snippet of the magazine’s interview with the cast in which Portia de Rossi talks about going back on set after six years away.

“We all walked onto the set and we just sat around and stared at each other, and it was surreal,” she said. “Everybody looked exactly the same and they acted exactly the same, both in character and in between takes. Body ­language was the same, the same old jokes, the same old eye rolls. It was really amazing.”

“Arrested Development” season four will air on Netflix at some point next spring. It will have anywhere from 10 to 13 episodes, and could be released all at once instead of weekly.

What are you most looking forward to in season four of “Arrested Development”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Alia Shawkat and Adam DeVine talk season four of “Arrested Development”

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Production on the fourth season of “Arrested Development” has been very hush-hush and, as a result, we’ve been desperate for information. That’s why we were so excited when two actors involved in the new season offered up some fun facts about the new episodes during recent interviews.

“Workaholics” star Adam DeVine told E! Online that the fourth episode of season four is called “Michael” and even let some plot details slip despite the fact he admitted to signing a non-disclosure agreement. We already knew that DeVine shot some scenes in an airport, but haven’t had any context for that until now.

“[Michael] is trying to get out of town and I work at the airline that he’s trying to get at. And I’m totally inept. I don’t know how to print a ticket or get his bags on the plane, so he’s having a hard time with me,” DeVine said.

Where is Michael Bluth going — or coming — from? We’ll have to wait until the episodes come out to know for sure. At least we know DeVine isn’t the only one having fun on set, though. Alia Shawkat talked to Vulture recently about her experience filming season four.

“It’s very surreal and awesome. I still feel like a teenager who’s insecure when I’m on set around all of the funny adults, trying to talk, but at the same time, everything has changed, and you’re trying to catch up,” she said. “It’s like the weirdest flashbacks, and it’s been six years since we wrapped and it feels like no time has passed, and that’s what’s even weirder.”

Shawkat added, “The scripts [for season 4] keep getting funnier and funnier, and you know, we just get to do some crazy shit.”

Most importantly, she confirmed there won’t be any “Call Me Maeby” jokes in the new season. Thank you for sticking to your guns, Mitch Hurwitz.

“Arrested Development” season four will air on Netflix at some point next spring. It will have anywhere from 10 to 13 episodes, and could be released all at once instead of weekly. This season features the return of the main cast and the addition of beloved recurring characters like Mae Whitman, Liza Minelli, Judy Greer, Ron Howard, Scott Baio and Henry Winkler as well as newcomers Isla Fisher, Terry Crews, John Slattery and the cast of “Workaholics.”

What are you most looking forward to in season four of “Arrested Development”? Let us know in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

What to watch on IFC: September 24 – 30

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It’s officially fall, which we are pretty sure means that things are falling from the sky. Whether it’s acorns or leaves or squirrels or whatever doesn’t really matter. All we know is that we’re staying inside where it’s safe and watching television.

Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:

Monday

Don’t Panic and pack a towel, because we’re showing Douglas Adams’ “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” at 8/7c. The movie stars Sherlock star Martin Freeman as a mere human who wakes to find that the Earth (and worse, his house) is about to be destroyed to build an intergalactic highway. Luckily his extraterrestrial friend (Mos Def) saves him and they begin an interstellar journey hitchhiking to the ends of the universe.

Tuesday

Clear your calendar to watch the first on-screen team-up of martial arts legends Jackie Chan and Jet Li in “The Forbidden Kingdom” at 8/7 c. In the film a teenager (Michael Angarano) travels back in time to help legendary martial-artists free the Monkey King, but most people watch to see the living legends kick ass.

Wednesday

Ready for terror? We’re showing Rob Zombie’s “The Devil’s Rejects” at 8/7c. The film follows up Zombie’s 2003 psychedelic horror flick, “House of 1000 Corpses.” Now a vengeful sheriff and two bounty hunters track a murderous family on the run. You know you want to watch.

Thursday

Tonight at 8/7c we’re showing Sylvester Stallone’s brilliantly bloody return to one of his most famous roles “Rambo”. In this installment, John Rambo (Stallone) calls upon his long-buried but lethal skills to rescue a missionary (Julie Benz) and her comrades from the Burmese army.

Friday

Watch Denzel Washington’s Oscar-winning turn as the ultimate corrupt cop in “Training Day” at 8/7c. Ethan Hawke stars as Washington’s rookie sidekick who has no idea what’s in for him when he is assigned to work with Washington, who wants to include him in his schemes.

Saturday

Spend Saturday night practicing your “Napoleon Dynamite” dance moves and shouting out your favorite quotes “Well, you have a sweet bike. And you’re really good at hooking up with chicks like this one, “Plus you’re like the only guy at school who has a mustache.” See you at 8/7c.

Sunday

Want to know how to do Sunday the right way? Watch back-to-back episodes of Arrested Development while sitting on your couch. The fun starts at noon ET.

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