‘Arrested Development’ splits its fifth season. LIKE A BANANA. Get it? High five. Great joke.

The fifth season of Arrested Development will be split into two parts. The logline for the fifth season:

In the aftermath of Cinco de Cuatro, the Bluth family are all facing one question, that no one quite has the answer to; where is Lucille Two? As this Netflix (semi) original series returns on May 29th, the Bluths are back together, and finally getting the award they think they deserve – for family of the year. A development which will help Lindsay as she begins her campaign for Congress, to become “part of the problem.” But whatever happens, Michael will always come back to save the family. Probably.

Mitch Hurwitz defended keeping Jeffrey Tambor in the series: “Am I going to cut Jeffrey out of the show, based on allegations that he disputes, that Amazon hasn’t shared, and that we have never experienced any complaints about? No, of course I am not going to. I’m going to support Jeffrey.” He also pointed out that the allegations emerged during the end of filming, which is in my mind more a defense for keeping him in the series, but no one asked me.

Oh, and if you were concerned, the cast got paid for the recut of season four.

Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series is going to be a prequel — and no, it’s not The Hobbit.

Yesterday was CBS’s upfronts which took place in the midst of a crazy legal drama.  According to Deadline, what is happening is Les Moonves, the head of CBS, is in a death match with Summer Redstone’s daughter Shari over control of the network:

Moonves had already been in a tense back-and-forth with Redstone, whose National Amusements (the company founded by her father, Sumner Redstone) is the controlling shareholder in both CBS and Viacom. The companies were under the same roof from 2000 to 2006, and ever since have operated like estranged siblings. They held merger talks in 2016, which were abandoned over price and issues of management control — the same problems that flared up this week when CBS filed suit in a Delaware court, seeking the TRO.

The company said it wanted to prevent National Amusements from interfering with a planned meeting on Thursday when CBS would vote to drastically slash NAI’s level of control from 79% to just 17%, based on an interpretation of the company’s by-laws. Then Redstone fired a missile back at CBS earlier today, announcing a change in the by-laws to require a super-majority of 90% to vote in favor of the reduction of NAI’s controlling stake. The net effect of all of these legal moves could be a swift exit by Moonves, though one lingering issue is likely to be what NAI termed his potential “golden parachute,” worth upwards of $150 million.

To his credit, Moonves appeared at the upfronts, joking, “So. How’s your week been? For years, I have told you that I will only be out here for a short time. This year, for the first time, I might mean it.”  Colbert also made jokes.

The legal battle has had an impact on the development of a Star Trek trilogy that the director of The Wrath of Khan was working n for the network.

The explanation for why there is no Magnum P.I. mustache in the reboot does not check out.

The reboot of Mad About You is still being looked at — by CBS, interestingly enough (since it originally ran on NBC).

Yeah, I bet Candace Bergen wants to bait Mike Pence into commenting on Murphy Brown. It’s unlikely to happen — but a presidential tweet is certainly a possibility.

Here’s the description of the final season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. (So they can make room for more superhero series, I assume.) (I KNOW, I KNOW, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was always imagined as a four season series, BUT I CAN STILL BE UPSET.)

Yeah, so pleading guilty to a federal offense because you wanted to take responsibility for every sketchy thing you may have done in your whole entire life is… maybe not the best idea? Still, you have to admire Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom) for wanting to deal with the repercussions of the very long string of decisions – good, bad and alarmingly questionable – that she’s made since she took flight from New York City and landed in West Covina three seasons ago.

This year Rebecca is in some ways like a baby chick that’s about to tumble out of the nest and in other ways she’s that friend who is searching for enlightenment and kinda can’t stop yammering about it. As always, Rebecca’s actions have had unintended consequences for her West Covina friends — Nathaniel feels betrayed by her, Josh is taken aback by her, and Darryl is parenting her baby. Paula, Heather and Valencia remain staunchly by Rebecca’s side but they are busy finding their own identities (as a law student, regional manager and kickass party planner, respectively.)

Will everyone be content to stay in the nest with Rebecca? Or will they start to transcend the sunbaked, boba-strewn purgatory that is West Covina? The answer to these and other questions lies in this season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend as themes of redemption, recovery, responsibility, rebirth, renewal and reality and other words that begin with “R” will bring our ultimate “R”, Rebecca, to the satisfying end of this chapter of her life.

From CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television, CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND is executive produced by Rachel Bloom, along with Aline Brosh McKenna (“The Devil Wears Prada”), Marc Webb (“500 Days of Summer,” “The Amazing Spider-Man” films), Erin Ehrlich (“Awkward”), Michael Hitchcock (“Glee”) and Sarah Caplan (“Ray Donovan”).

Speaking of The CW’s non-stop superherofest: Batwoman will appear on Arrow next season, and he’ll travel to Gotham City.

The CW’s excuse for not picking up Wayward Sisters: “Uhhh … because.”

Told you Roseanne had no intention to back off the politics.

A plea for Amazon to save The Expanse.

Please make a Search Party – The Last O.G. crossover happen please.

This is just a very good Donald Trump is an Idiot story:

#MeToo

Brian Kern has stepped down as the showrunner of NCIS: New Orleans after accusations of sexual misconduct were lodged against him BACK IN DECEMBER. So glad he was able to finish out the season. 🙄

Michigan State University has reached a $500 million settlement with the victims of Larry Nassar.

LOL, OK, CRAZY:

Renewals

  • Tales from the Tour Bus — one of the most underrated series on television (if you have Cinemax, go watch it on demand, you can thank me later) — has been renewed for a second season. It will focus on funk artists like James Brown and George Clinton.
  • LA to Vegas MAY have been renewed. MAYBE. Stay tuned.

Cancellations

In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendars

  • What Would You Do returns on ABC tonight, pushing Quantico onto Friday nights.
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt returns on Netflix on May 30.

R.I.P.

Joseph Campanella, Actor

Ron Thomas, SAG-AFTRA Executive and DJ

WATCH THIS

Supernatural: Battle between good and evil, you know the routine. Season finale. 7 p.m., The CW

Gotham: Gordon is faced with a dangerous decision in the season finale. 7 p.m., Fox

Grey’s Anatomy: Season finale. 7 p.m., ABC

Arrow: Oliver and Diaz engage in an epic battle. Season finale. 8 p.m., The CW

Station 19: A massive skyscraper fire puts the team in danger in the season finale. 8 p.m., ABC

Life in Pieces: Matt and Colleen are in an awkward situation with their surrogate in the one-hour finale. 8:30 p.m., CBS

S.W.A.T.: The SWAT team hunts a terrorist group in the season finale. 9 p.m., CBS

Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Tina Fey, Paul Bettany, Courtney Barnett Late Night with Seth Meyers: Kate McKinnon, Candice Bergen, Andre Leon Tally, Matt Byrne The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Jake Tapper, Liam Payne featuring J. Balvin The Late Late Show with James Corden: Steven Tyler, Morena Baccarin, Kacey Musgraves Jimmy Kimmel Live: Will Arnett, Lilly Singh, MGMT Watch What Happens Live: Mary Steenburgen, Candice Bergen, Don Johnson

 

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