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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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Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. 

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number! 

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time. 

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by. 

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo. 

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim. 

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t? 

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?” 

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud. 

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.