4400, Arrested guys get new projects

Executive producers in the television industry are busy, busy people. In keeping a show afloat, producers spend long hours overseeing almost every aspect of a program, including casting, writing, and just about everything else short of catering.

Some EPs are crazy enough to try their hand at juggling two shows, and some--like ABC's Greg Berlanti--are even crazier. Berlanti is currently behind Dirty Sexy Money, Brothers & Sisters, and Eli Stone--a gargantuan workload--and is ready to expand.

Berlanti is teaming up with producer/writer Rene Echevarria (The 4400) to develop The Return, a prospective show for ABC, says Variety. The show falls into Echevarria's expertise, science-fiction, and will show the impact of Earth's first alien visitors when they land on the planet.

Echevarria also wrote for and produced Dark Angel, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Now and Again, and currently works both jobs for Medium.

Another busy man in television today is Mitch Hurwitz, the creator of the beloved Fox comedy Arrested Development. Hurwitz is working on an untitled project for CBS starring American Pie's Jason Biggs, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The comedy will focus on a family that cares a little too much about one another. Sounds kinky.

Hurwitz is also running the show on Sit Down, Shut Up, an animated adaptation of the Australian live-action comedy. Sit Down, Shut Up is expected to debut sometime this midseason.

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Dec 18, 2008
I really miss The 4400. The return sound cool.
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Nov 26, 2008
I really liked The 4400. I still hope there is some way it can be concluded properly.
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Sep 28, 2008
4400 was one of the best sci-fi shows.Let's hope The Return will be equally good...
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Sep 15, 2008
I miss The 4400.
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Sep 11, 2008
4400 was a good show.
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Sep 09, 2008
The Return sounds really cool!!
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Sep 09, 2008
Because of the 4400, I'll be watching Rene Echevarria's stuff. I'm a bit apprehensive though, because if I like the show, it seems to get an act of God cancellation. I hope ABC doesn't pull a USA network on us. I can realistically count the good shows of the last 5 years on one hand, and the 4400 was one of them. Here's hoping.
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Sep 08, 2008
I liked Dark Angel and The 4400, both of which I own on DVD. Rene is very talented so I'll definitely check out anything he's involved with.
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Sep 08, 2008
sounds good
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Sep 08, 2008
Hmmm, The Return doesn't sound that bad, but if its on ABC I can't see it being that great.
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Sep 08, 2008
These new shows don't sound all too sweet, but you never know.
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Sep 07, 2008
I've liked most of what Echevarria and much of what Berlanti have each done. That means I'll give it a try. I really hope I like it, especially since it's on ABC. It used to be my favorite network, but that was quite a while ago.
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Sep 07, 2008
I`m tuned in. Not a fan of all series that had been mentioned only the dark angel i loved and deeply miss 4400 hope that the return will be similiar. i will check it out that for sure !!!
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Sep 07, 2008
They both produce great shows should be a good combination- will wait for the return eagerly-love sci-fi.
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Sep 06, 2008
the return sounds interesting. i like how the networks try and get a sci-fi based audience as well.
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Sep 06, 2008
I miss the 4400... Sci-fi should have been showing it all along...
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Sep 06, 2008
I suppose its just something else we have to get used to (said wistfully). One show out, slightly similar, related show in. I liked The 4400, so I will give the Return a chance.
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Sep 06, 2008
Sounds interesting.
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Sep 06, 2008
Lots of great shows were listed there...looking forward to seeing 'The Return'
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Sep 06, 2008
I'll give anything mitch produces a shot, still not over AD being cancelled, hope they do a movie.
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Sep 06, 2008
Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Just work on the AD movie, kthxbye.
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Sep 06, 2008
4400 was great. I look forward to The Return.
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Sep 06, 2008
I miss the 4400, hope their new show is good
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