News Briefs: The Arrested Development Movie Rumors Are Back, This Time with a New TV Season Attached

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THE "BIG" NEWS YOU SHOULDN'T GET TOO EXCITED ABOUT

... Let's not get too excited about this because nothing is official, but rumor has it that Arrested Development may return to television as an abbreviated series—creator Mitch Hurwitz said yesterday that he wants to resurrect the show for nine or ten episodes as a primer for the long-rumored movie. Showtime and Netflix are both in talks to make it happen, but until someone signs a deal, this news ain't nothin' but a rumor. I have to say, I'm sick of all this Arrested Development talk—the best thing for the series at this point would be for it to live on in memory only. [Reuters]


THE REGULAR NEWS

... Syfy is hoping to adapt the Matt Damon film The Adjustment Bureau for the small screen. The film, based on a Phillip K. Dick story, is a sci-fi tale about a man who stumbles upon a super secret organization. It doesn't have spaceships in it, so Syfy likes that. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Terra Nova got off to a pretty disappointing start last week, but let's not forget that the series premiere was two hours long and up against Monday Night Football. Apparently a lot of people recorded the show and watched it later, because the DVR numbers are in and have resulted in a 1.0 rating bump for Terra Nova, making it the highest-rated new drama this season. The real test will be how the show performs tonight and next week, so I'd advise the producers not to air the episode where teenage son Josh spends an hour crying in bed about missing the girlfriend he left in the future. [TV By the Numbers]

... Homeland got off to a good start on Sunday, averaging 1.1 million viewers to become Showtime's best drama premiere since 2003's Dead Like Me. But you know what? TEN million people should be watching, because it's that good. Expect a Season 2 renewal soon. [TV Line]

... AMC might be entering the half-hour comedy market. The home of serious dramas Mad Men and Breaking Bad is considering How To Cheat On Your Wife, a show about a quartet of buddies dealing with middle age that comes from Rob Roy Thomas, creator of Fox's Free Ride. [Deadline Hollywood]


THE CASTING NEWS

... Chuck has cast Sarah's mom: It's Cheryl Ladd! The former Charlie's Angels star will pop up in a January episode of the spy comedy. [TV Line]

... Some orange person named Audrey O'Day will be participating in the next cycle of Celebrity Apprentice. She looks like she was mauled by a giant packet of Easter Egg dye. [Life & Style]

... Comedian Kevin Hart has been cast as one of the Dunphys' neighbors on Modern Family. He'll play a physician. [EW]

... This one's only kind of casting news: Madonna is rumored to have booked the Super Bowl halftime show. She'll be giving a 30-minute seminar on Kabbalah. [SB Nation]


THE NEWS YOU HAVE TO READ TO BELIEVE

... Do you like Wipeout but think it needs more singing? Do you like Steve-O but hate Jackass? Do you know what TruTV is? Good news! TruTV has picked up Killer Karaoke, a game show featuring contestants running an obstacle course (or getting their chests waxed) while singing karaoke. It's hosted by Steve-O. If you've never seen any TV before, this will be your favorite show. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Hank Williams Jr. went on Fox News today and sort of compared President Obama to Hitler. Adolph Hitler, not James Hitler of Spokane, Washington. In response, ESPN pulled Williams' classic Monday Night Football opening theme from tonight's broadcast, leaving millions of football fans uncertain as to whether they were ready for some football. [USA Today]

... Late-night infomercial pitchman Don Lapre has allegedly committed suicide in prison, where he was serving a sentence for fraud. Lapre was formerly a shill for "The Greatest Vitamin in the World" and the "Making Money Package." [Arizona Central.com]


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