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Jason Bateman talks “Arrested Development” season 4, says “her?” like the good old days

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By Michael Rougeau

“Arrested Development” is well known for its many recurring jokes, but few have stood the test of time as well as Michael Bluth’s continued disdain for his son’s girlfriend Ann. Though seven years have passed since “Arrested Development” went off the air, IFC learned firsthand that Jason Bateman can still deliver a “Her?” as well as ever. Watch the below video and see for yourself.

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During a recent press day with the cast of “Arrested Development,” IFC had a chance to sit down with Bateman and talk about the coming season. According to him, it wasn’t especially hard to get back into the character of Michael.

“It wasn’t as surreal as I thought it would be,” Bateman said of the show’s return. It’s been over seven years since Fox cancelled “Arrested Development,” and it certainly felt surreal to some fans when Netflix announced it would produce the show’s fourth season. But Bateman said the cast all stayed in touch over the years. “It just was such an easy fit for all of us when we were doing it that when we got back together it was pretty effortless,” he said.

In the last episode of “Arrested Development,” the season 3 finale titled “Development Arrested,” Michael Bluth decided to give up on trying to keep his family together and focus instead on his relationship with his son. By the time the show catches up with him seven years later (seven years have passed in the show as well as in real life), “he’s kind of banged up,” Bateman admitted.

“My character has left looking after [his family] during these seven years and has been trying to keep his own ship afloat — which is I guess kind of a pun — but he hasn’t been able to,” Bateman said. “He’s trying to get his feet back under him and not end up in dire straits like the rest of his family. He doesn’t — well I won’t spoil it, but he’s — it’s a work in progress.”

“Arrested Development” is beloved by fans for its long strings of recurring jokes and self-referential humor, but it’s also had an impressive cast of guest stars who ranged from Henry Winkler to Liza Minnelli. Season 4 will be no different, with stars like Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, and John Slattery picking up the torch. Batemen said he was surprised that so many celebrities wanted to be on the show.

“We were always in such a bubble when we started…we never really knew if anyone was going to like us,” Bateman said. “When celebrities started asking to be on the show that was — that was, you know, it was kind of ‘Well the cool kids are inviting us to a party, sounds great!’ And, you know, we still feel like that.”

As for his favorite moment from the series, Batemen described a scene from season 1, episode 10, “Pier Pressure,” in which Will Arnett’s character GOB blows marijuana smoke in Michael’s face as Michael lectures him on morality. “It made me laugh so much when he did it,” Bateman said. “That was a tough one to get through.”

Bateman promised that dedicated and casual fans alike will be able to enjoy season 4 of “Arrested Development.” “There are plenty of things that satisfy the diehard viewer, but nothing that will alienate the first time viewer,” he said. “[Show creator Mitch Hurwitz] has done it in a way that it’s great for the uninitiated and it’s very satisfying for the diehard.”

“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 we get closer to the premiere.

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.