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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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Holiday Extra Special

Make The Holidays ’80s Again

Enjoy the holiday cheer Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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Whatever happened to the kind of crazy-yet-cozy holiday specials that blanketed the early winter airwaves of the 1980s? Unceremoniously killed by infectious ’90s jadedness? Slow fade out at the hands of early-onset millennial ennui? Whatever the reason, nixing the tradition was a huge mistake.

A huge mistake that we’re about to fix.

Announcing IFC’s Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celeb-studded extravaganza in the glorious tradition of yesteryear featuring Bridget Everett, Jo Firestone, Nick Thune, Jen Kirkman, house band The Dap-Kings, and many more. And it’s at Joe’s Pub, everyone’s favorite home away from home in the Big Apple.

The yuletide cheer explodes Wednesday December 21 at 10P. But if you were born after 1989 and have no idea what void this spectacular special is going to fill, sample from this vintage selection of holiday hits:

Andy Williams and The NBC Kids Search For Santa

The quintessential holiday special. Get snuggly and turn off your brain. You won’t need it.

A Muppet Family Christmas

The Fraggles. The Muppets. The Sesame Street gang. Fate. The Jim Henson multiverse merges in this warm and fuzzy Holiday gathering.

Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas

To this day a foolproof antidote to holiday cynicism. It’s cheesy, but a good cheese. In this case an Alpine Gruyère.

Star Wars Holiday Special

Okay, busted. This one was released in 1978. Still totally ’80s though. And yes that’s Bea Arthur.

Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special

Pass the eggnog, and make sure it’s loaded. This special is everything you’d expect it to be and much, much more.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It Ain't Over Yet

A Guide to Coping with the End of Comedy Bang! Bang!

Watch the final episodes tonight at 11 and 11:30P on IFC.

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After five seasons and 110 halved-hour episodes, Scott Aukerman’s hipster comedy opus, Comedy Bang! Bang!, has come to an end. Fridays at 11 and 11:30P will never be the same. We know it can be hard for fans to adjust after the series finale of their favorite TV show. That’s why we’ve prepared this step-by-step guide to managing your grief.

Step One: Cry it out

It’s just natural. We’re sad too.
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Step Two: Read the CB!B! IMDB Trivia Page

The show is over and it feels like you’ve lost a friend. But how well did you really know this friend? Head over to Comedy Bang! Bang!’s IMDB page to find out some things you may not have known…like that it’s “based on a Civil War battle of the same name” or that “Reggie Watts was actually born with the name Theodore Leopold The Third.”

Step Three: Listen to the podcast

One fascinating piece of CB!B! trivia that you might not learn from IMDB is that there’s a podcast that shares the same name as the TV show. It’s even hosted by Scott Aukerman! It’s not exactly like watching the TV show on a Friday night, but that’s only because each episode is released Monday morning. If you close your eyes, the podcast is just like watching the show with your eyes closed!

Step Four: Watch brand new CB!B! clips?!

The best way to cope with the end of Comedy Bang! Bang! is to completely ignore that it’s over — because it’s not. In an unprecedented move, IFC is opening up the bonus CB!B! content vault. There are four brand new, never-before-seen sketches featuring Scott Aukerman, Kid Cudi, and “Weird Al” Yankovic ready for you to view on the IFC App. There’s also one right here, below this paragraph! Watch all four b-b-bonus clips and feel better.

Binge the entire final season, plus exclusive sketches, right now on the IFC app.

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Everybody Sweats Now

The Four-Day Sweatsgiving Weekend On IFC

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This long holiday weekend is your time to gobble gobble gobble and give heartfelt thanks—thanks for the comfort and forgiveness of sweatpants. Because when it comes right down to it, there’s nothing more wholesome and American than stuffing yourself stupid and spending endless hours in front of the TV in your softest of softests.

So get the sweats, grab the remote and join IFC for four perfect days of entertainment.

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It all starts with a 24-hour T-day marathon of Rocky Horror Picture Show, then continues Friday with an all-day binge of Stan Against Evil.

By Saturday, the couch will have molded to your shape. Which is good, because you’ll be nestled in for back-to-back Die Hard and Lethal Weapon.

Finally, come Sunday it’s time to put the sweat back in your sweatpants with The Shining, The Exorcist, The Chronicles of Riddick, Terminator 2, and Blade: Trinity. They totally count as cardio.

As if you need more convincing, here’s Martha Wash and the IFC&C Music Factory to hammer the point home.

The Sweatsgiving Weekend starts Thursday on IFC

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