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David Cross and Portia de Rossi describe Lindsay and Tobias’s “trajectory of sadness” in “Arrested Development” season 4

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By Michael Rougeau

When the final episode of “Arrested Development” aired in 2006, Portia de Rossi and David Cross’s characters Linsday Bluth and Tobias Fünke had decided to stick out their marriage, for better or worse. But don’t tell that to de Rossi and Cross.

When IFC caught up with the actors during a recent press day with the “Arrested Development” cast, they were clueless about the state of their relationship even as preparations began for the show’s unexpected fourth season.

“I didn’t even know where we were at the end, actually, so when I got the script I was like, ‘We’re still together?'” de Rossi said.

It took some memory jogging on IFC’s part, but the duo finally began to remember. “On the Queen Mary we were definitely starting to drift,” Cross said. “The Hot Cops were between us, yes,” de Rossi added.

“Arrested Development” was cancelled during its third season, and its return on Netflix has been long in the making. “Never thought it would happen,” de Rossi said. “We’ve been waiting a long, long time for this day.”

The Hot Cops, by the way, are one of the many recurring gags that will return in season 4. “The Hot Cops are back,” Cross teased, though he left it at that.

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The pair finished one another’s thoughts throughout the interview. When asked about their favorite moments from past seasons, they took turns framing a vague scene that ultimately could have described anything from the show.

“That time. You know what I’m talking about,” Cross began.

“Oh that time. With the thing?” de Rossi interjected.

“You know, where it was misunderstood,” Cross answered.

“Oh my god, yeah, and everyone thought it was something else,” de Rossi explained.

“Everybody thought it was something else and it turned out to be completely different,” Cross finished. “That was fun.”

(“I have got to watch this show,” Cross added. “I’ve heard nothing but good things.”)

He then for some reason brought up “Breaking Bad” before the conversation returned to season 4 of “Arrested Development.”

“It’s hard for us to really know how it’s all going to land because we were kind of in our little worlds while we were shooting this series,” de Rossi said. But she admitted that show creator Mitch Hurwitz has worked some classic jokes in there.

“For example, a character in my episode accidentally ends up bright blue from head to toe,” she said. “But not because of anything to do with the Blue Man Group or anything like that. He just happens to be blue.”

“And Lindsay is stuck once again — ” Cross interrupted.

“With a blue man,” de Rossi finished. “Yup.”

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And what of Lindsay and Tobias’s shared journey through the coming season? “It’s par for the course,” Cross explained. “We split, we get back together, we split again, we — it’s more of the same.”

“They’re going to stick it out, they’re going to give it another try, you know, and then yeah,” he continued. “You can’t give away too much stuff. But it definitely follows that trajectory of sadness.”

“Arrested Development” season 4 will air on Netflix in its entirety beginning May 26. Keep an eye out for IFC’s interviews with the rest of the show’s cast as the premiere approaches.

What is your favorite recurring joke from “Arrested Development”? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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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Wicked Good

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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SO EXCITED!!!

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.