News Briefs: Arrested Development Sort Of Has a Return Date


... I still won't believe that Netflix is resurrecting Arrested Development until I see Gob Bluth say, "I've made a huge mistake" in a new scene. It all just seems too good to be true. But Netflix insists it's actually happening, and the company even claims to have narrowed down the comedy's return date to an actual month: May. That's narrowed down from "2013" which was narrowed down from "in the next century" which was narrowed down from a whirlwind of rumors and hearsay. The episode count has also been set at 14, and each episode will be told from a different character's point of view. Only Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) will appear in all the episodes. [LA Times]


... You clamored and protested and rallied and Facebooked for Cougar Town not to be canceled, and your voice made TBS save the show and take it into its own fold! So the least you could have done is watch last night's Season 4 premiere. In its TBS debut, Cougar Town drew 2.2 million viewers, less than the premieres of the network's original "comedies" Men At Work (2.6 million) and Sullivan and Son (2.5 million), despite being an established series with a major network upbringing. [EW]

... While other soaps get washed down the cancellation drain or are forced to shamefully live online-only existences, NBC has renewed Days of Our Lives through 2014. The series is NBC's longest-running drama and will live to see its 48th birthday. [TV Line]

... TNT has ordered Cold Justice, a new series about law and order from Law & Order creator and Community inspirer Dick Wolf. But here's the catch! This program is a reality show! Cold Justice follows Texas prosecutor Kelly Siegler and Las Vegas crime-scene investigator Yolanda McClary as they warm up cold cases in small towns. [The Wrap]

... ABC has ordered a pilot for Mixology, a comedy from the writers of The Hangover. The show will be set in a New York bar and follow single people as they drink their way to lower standards. [Deadline Hollywood]

... In a mish-mash of FX news, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is pretty close to getting a tenth season and Anger Management will always be on your television. Calling It's Always Sunny one of FX's "four cornerstones," FX boss John Landgraf said there is a "high likelihood" that the show will be renewed beyond its already ordered ninth season. And Charlie Sheen's mass-produced comedy will run 45 new episodes a year. [Deadline Hollywood]

... PaleyFest has added some goodies to its annual two-week ode to television. The year's festival will kick off with a panel for The Walking Dead on March 1. That's followed by Community (March 5), Parenthood (March 7), The Mindy Project (March 8), Nashville (March 9), Arrow (March 9), Dallas (March 10), New Girl (March 11), The Big Bang Theory (March 13), and 2 Broke Girls (March 14). [Deadline Hollywood]


... 30 Rock's star-studded series finale has added one more star for studding. Salma Hayek will reprise her role as nurse Elisa in the hour-long series ender on January 31. [EW]

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