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10 things we hope to see in “Arrested Development” season 4

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After years of “Will they? Won’t they?” rumors and letdowns, “Arrested Development” fans are in the home stretch to finally see what has become of their favorite dysfunctional rich family. While we’ve waited for the Bluths to return to our lives we’ve had plenty we’ve had plenty of time to contemplate all the things we love about this show, and all the things we’d wish to see if it ever returned. With under two weeks to go, here is a list of 10 things we’re all dying to see come May 26.


1. The Running Gags

One of “AD’s” best attributes is the running gag. After three seasons we still cackle over Gob’s chicken dance (and are convinced that Michael was right – no one in that family has ever seen a chicken), cross our fingers that Tobias will make it into the Blue Man Group or that Oscar may finally escape being duped into being George Sr.’s body double. They are the jokes that unite “AD” fans everywhere because you have to know the show to understand – and we’re all in on it.


2. George Michael and Maeby

Finding out in the season 3 finale that Lindsay was adopted allowed the entire “AD” audience to feel much better about shipping a first cousin relationship. In season 4 we’ll find out how the two handle the news – now that the taboo is finally lifted will they actually be together? Or will finally having it be okay for them to want each other ruin the appeal? Maeby is Lindsey’s daughter after-all, so actually being able to have George Michael may turn her off completely. Whether it’s true love or “a huge mistake,” we need answers and hope it’s hilariously awkward.


3. Michael finding a wife to help him deal with his family

While none of the Bluth clan can really claim romantic success, Michael has really had the worst of it. His wife died tragically, and the closest thing he’s had to a serious relationship since then turned out to be a mentally handicapped Charlize Thereon. At the end of season 3, we’re lead to believe that Michael is finally leaving behind the dysfunctional Bluths for a life of peace in Cabo. Perhaps he can find a misses there? We know he’ll end up back in Orange County eventually, but maybe a new wife could help him keep his sanity.


4. The best guest stars

As short lived as “AD’s” original cable career was, it brought in some very heavy guest star power. Most notably, the previously mentioned Charlize Thereon stopped by for a several episode story arc as Michael’s almost wife Rita Leeds. The show featured other A-list super power like James Lipton and Liza Minelli in recurring roles as well. “Arrested Development” had a knack for showing us people we kind of knew but had yet to fall in love with like a pre-“Parks and Rec” Amy Poehler and Jack McBrayer before he became known as Kennth the Page on “30 Rock.” Season 4 promises more of the same with already familiar faces Busy Philips, John Krasinski, Kristen Wiig and Conan O’Brien. But there are also some fresh faces like Eugene Cordero (“Kroll Show”) and Ben Schwartz (“Parks and Recreation” & “House of Lies”)


5. Self-Referential Humor

“Arrested Development” is no stranger to breaking the fourth wall, especially for the sake of the joke. When it became clear in the twilight of the third season that the show would probably not be renewed they simply stopped caring about standard sit-com rules. They called out Fox for not letting them mention other primetime shows and narrator Ron Howard blatantly requests for fans to tell their friends to watch the show, as “www.saveourbluths.org” flashed across the screen. The show was still cancelled but the plight was still comedic genius. In the same spirit hopefully the Netflix carried season 4 will make self-referential jokes about managing the big comeback, and they didn’t even need a kick-starter campaign.

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Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.