Though it’s been in talks for a long time now, it’s finally official: Arrested Development is returning for a fifth season. The entire cast has signed on along with creator Mitchell Hurwitz, but it’s not clear if they will be able to avoid scheduling conflicts which hampered the fourth season. I personally enjoyed the fourth season, but do agree with critics who felt the reboot lacked the original’s chemistry in part because the cast were not all together for the majority of the episodes. Let’s hope they can avoid that huge little mistake.
Also In Development
TBS & TNT had their upfronts this week, and there’s a ton of news:
- Daniel Radcliffe and Owen Wilson are going to co-star in Miracle Workers. The iffy news is that it is from the creator of Man Seeking Woman, so. The more hopeful news is that Lorne Michaels is an EP.
- They are making a pilot out of Snowpiercer and Daveed Diggs is going to star in it.
- Tracy Morgan’s new show will be called The Last O.G. and Cedric the Entertainer has joined the cast.
- TNT ordered a pilot for Highland, a drama from Margaret Cho.
- Ridley Scott is going to develop a sci-fi block for TNT.
- TBS is keeping Conan for at least four more years, and the show will be “leaner” whatever the hell that means.
- Snoop Dogg is going to be hosting a reboot of The Joker’s Wild on TBS.
- TNT has greenlit Michael Moore Live From The Apocalypse, a documentary series.
- TNT also ordered Who Run the World a documentary series about women’s issues from Sarah Jessica Parker and Morgan Spurlock.
- TBS greenlit cartoon series Close Enough, and an untitled comedy from a comedy trio known as the Dress Up Gang.
In Even More Development News
- HBO has ordered Lovecraft Country, a horror anthology series from Jordan Peele and Bad Robot (!!!!!!_
- The New Pope, which is the follow-up of The Young Pope, is in the works at HBO, praise be.
- Netflix is producing a series based on The Witcher Saga.
- Julian Fellowes and Elizabeth McGovern are teaming up for the The Chaperone, a PBS movie.
- CNN has ordered five new series: American Heiress: The Patty Hearst Story; Kennedys: An American Dynasty; Pope; 1968: The Year that Changed America; and Detroit 1963: Once in a Great City.
- Nickelodeon ordered more The Thundermans and ordered new series, Knight School.
- Get Shorty will debut on Epix on August 13.
- Katy Perry is, in fact, going to be a judge on American Idol this next season.
- Jimmy Kimmel will be hosting the Oscars again. No word on whether or not Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway will be invited back.
- Alan Tudyk and John Hannah are joining the cast of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency for the second season.
- Jonah Hill and Michael Cera are going to be voices on The Shivering Truth, a new Adult Swim animated series.
- Peyton Manning will be hosting the ESPYs this year because those are still a thing.
In Other TV News
The outtakes from Melissa McCarthy’s Spicey sketch this week are actually funnier than the sketch itself.
Here is the history of David S. Pumpkins because that’s important.
Twin Peaks is returning on Sunday, so everyone is busy writing about it:
- Here’s a look at what TV was like in 1990 and how TV was not ready for the likes of Twin Peaks.
- 10 Questions to Ponder Before the David Lynch Drama Returns
- Where we left the characters of Twin Peaks.
- A handy guide on how to watch Twin Peaks.
So the Roseanne reboot that is, in fact, happening at ABC will feature both Beckys. Oh, and Dan is alive after all.
If you just can’t take any more of the news, over the next 17 days, Twitch will be streaming every episode of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.
“I think we’re fine in terms of the amount of women who are behind the camera, in front of the camera,” said the man who just cancelled a show called 2 Broke Girls just ’cause. OK DUDE.
Hey, conservatives, ABC cancelled Last Man Standing because they decided to end comedies on Friday nights, not because of Trump. (Although if they did cancel it because of Trump, I’d be fine with that.)
The Real Housewives of New York: Tinsley, Ramona and Sonja go out, which I am sure will not end in a fight. 8 p.m., Bravo
Downward Dog: It’s the talking dog show, you guys. Series premiere. 8:30 p.m., ABC
I Am Heath Ledger: A look into the life of the talented actor. 9 p.m., Spike
Harlots: Season finale. Hulu
Blindspot: The FBI copes with a tragedy in the season finale. 7 p.m., NBC
The Goldbergs: Erica has some hesitations about leaving home as graduation day approaches. Season finale. 7 p.m., ABC
Speechless: Season finale. 7:30 p.m., ABC
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders: Season finale. 8 p.m., CBS
Modern Family: Luke and Manny graduate in the season finale. 8 p.m., ABC
Chicago P.D.: Season finale. 9 p.m., CBS
Designated Survivor: Season finale. 9 p.m., ABC
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