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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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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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