Arrested Development

Dexter renewed for two seasons

Dexter has been picked up for two more seasons by the Showtime network. The crime-drama series will return for seventh and eighth seasons in 2012 and 2013.

New Arrested Development to screen on Netflix

The new season of Arrested Development has been announced to screen exclusively on internet subscription service Netflix. 

CSI replace departing actress

CSI has cast Elisabeth Shue to replace the departing Marg Helgenberger, who will leave during the twelfth season.

Vardalos to guest on Grey’s Anatomy

My Big Fat Greek Wedding actress Nia Vardalos will make a guest appearance on Grey’s Anatomy alongside Peri Gilpin, who will play her sister.

Greg Kinnear coming to Modern Family

Greg Kinnear will make a guest appearance in Modern Family as the new business partner of Phil (Ty Burrell).

Arrested Development will return to TV with a mini-season before heading to the big screen for a movie, it has been announced.

Series creator Mitch Hurwitz confirmed the news over the weekend, announcing that nine or ten new episodes of the comedy series will be seen before the planned movie is released.

Hurwitz announced the news while attending the cast’s reunion at the New Yorker Festival.

Will Arnett, who played “Gob”, also confirmed via Twitter: “I’m peeing with @batemanjason at the moment..and we can confirm that we are going to make new AD eps and a movie.”

Jason Bateman (Michael Bluth) posted on Twitter: “It’s true. We will do 10 episodes and the movie. Probably shoot them all together next summer for a release in early ’13. VERY excited!”

The series concluded its three season run in 2006.

Source: Digital Spy

Prison Break actor lands House role

Former Prison Break lead Wentworth Miller has landed a guest role in the new season of House. Miller will play a patient on the drama series.

Arrested Development movie to feature cameos

Jason Bateman says the Arrested Development movie, which is “on course to be shot next year”, will feature a few celebrity cameos. “From what I understand, the concept of the film will lend itself to quite a few really good cameos,” he said. “I’m going to bring my autograph book.”

New comedy pilot sold

Cougar Town co-creator Bill Lawrence has sold his new comedy pilot to the Fox network, for which he will serve as writer, director and executive producer. It will be Lawrence’s first solo script since Scrubs in 2001.

Fox returning to The Good Wife

Michael J. Fox will return to The Good Wife for multiple episodes of the drama’s third season. Fox will reprise his role of Louis Canning for at least three or four episodes.

Arrested Development actor joins Modern Family

Former Arrested Development actor David Cross has landed a recurring role in the third season of Modern Family. Cross, who featured in Arrested Development as Tobias Funke, will play the role of  a city councilman who strikes up a rivalry with Julie Bowen’s character Claire.

Justin Long joins new comedy

Justin Long has joined the cast of new comedy series New Girl, which features Zooey Deschanel in the lead role. 

No season two for Audrina

Audrina Patridge says she has no plans to film a second season of her reality series Audrina. “We finished [filming Audrina] in April and I kind of decided I wanted to take some time off from reality. I want to do something more like acting or hosting,” she told The Daily.

Murphy rumoured for Oscars

Eddie Murphy has been rumoured to be hosting the 2012 Oscars ceremony. The actor/comedian is said to be the frontrunner in the mind of the ceremony’s producer Brett Ratner.

Gillard guests on Junior MasterChef

Australia PM Julia Gillard has filmed a guest appearance on the second season of Junior MasterChef in Australia. Gillard featured as a guest judge on one of the early episodes of the season.

Next IT Crowd series to the the last?

The IT Crowd creator Graham Linehan has suggested the series will end after its upcoming fifth season. “I think one more series to really say goodbye to the characters and the fans,” he said. “I’m not rushing into it because I don’t want it to be a zombie series where the show is dead but its body is still moving around.”

Bateman ready for Arrested Development movie

Arrested Development actor Jason Bateman says he is ready to “jump back in” to an Arrested Development movie. “I have no update at all,” Bateman says. “As far as I know, [creator] Mitchell Hurwitz is working on the script and he wants to start shooting at some point this year. So while I haven’t heard anything new, I haven’t heard anything that would contradict that.

Jersey Shore spin-off described as “pornography”

UK MPs have described the new British spin-off of Jersey Shore as “bordering on pornography”. The series, entitled Geordie Shore, premiered last week on MTV in the UK and drew extensive criticism from locals and officials who believed the series portrayed the area in a bad way.

Another Glee cast member going solo

Naya Rivera is the latest Glee cast member to begin work on a solo album after Mark salling and Michael Morrison. The actress, who plays Santana, will work with Columbia Records.

Camera to film Sheen/Warner Bros. court case

The judge overseeing the $100 million lawsuit involving Charlie Sheen and Warner Bros. has allowed a news camera into the courtroom to film proceedings. One camera will be present during the case.

Happy Days cast file lawsuit

The cast of iconic sitcom Happy Days have filed a lawsuit against CBS and Paramount Pictures over what they believe to be unpaid royalties from years of home video releases and licensed merchandise using their images. Ron Howard and Henry Winkler are not a part of the suit.

Arrested Development movie progressing

Arrested Development actor Jeffrey Tambor believes that the film version of the show may be going into production as early as next year. Tambor says that a script is near completion and “that you and I could be talking about the making of this film or even it being made by this time next year.”

Lovato to depart Sonny with a Chance

Disney actress Demi Lovato has confirmed that she is leaving the channel’s popular teen sitcom Sonny with a Chance. The 18-year-old will depart the series after two seasons, with the show rebranding as So Random!.

Cowell believes Idol has improved in his absence

Simon Cowell believes that American Idol has improved this year in his absence, telling Piers Morgan on his talkshow: “I personally think it is a better show than last year. I genuinely mean that. I think what they have got is that they have their energy back, they are confident, they are competitive.”

Sheen labels Cryer a “traitor”

Charlie Sheen has labelled his former Two and a Half Men co-star Jon Cryer a “traitor” after his lack of concern over Sheen’s situation. Sheen told E! News: “Jon has not called me. He’s a turncoat, a traitor, a troll. Clearly he’s a troll. He issued a statement. Is it gonna take me calling him a traitor, juvenile and scared for him to get it?”

Idol embraces social media

For the first time in American Idol history, fans will now be able to interact with the Top 13 contestants via social media. Official Facebook and Twitter pages will be set up to allow fans to “get to know” the contestants better.

Tambor returning to TV

Arrested Development actor Jeffrey Tambor is planning a return to TV in new NBC pilot, Bent. Tambor will be joined in the pilot by actress Amanda Peet.

The Simpsons renewed

The Simpsons has been picked up for a 23rd season by Fox in the US. The extensions will keep the cartoon running until at least 2012 and make sure it sees its 500th episode. Executive producer Al Jean says: “Like many 22-year-olds, The Simpsons is extremely happy remaining at home, on Fox, and hopes it doesn’t have to go out into the real world for many years to come.”

Jennifer Aniston chased for new reality show

TV execs are chasing former Friends actress Jennifer Aniston for a new reality series that would focus on her life. Successful MTV producers Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley, who brought the likes of The Hills and Laguna Beach to the screen, are chasing the actress to appear in order to boost her flagging career.

Arrested Development movie to happen soon

Arrested Development’s Will Arnett has confirmed that the much-hyped movie adaptation of the series is close to getting underway. Arnett said that production on the movie will commence “sooner rather than later” but refused to divulge any plot details.

New Christian Slater series planned

US network Fox are reportedly planning to commission a new Christian Slater workplace comedy series entitled Breaking In. Slater was attached to the project as far back as March this year but Fox sidelined it in favour of another series.

Sutherland doesn’t want fairytale ending for Jack Bauer

Keifer Sutherland has said that he doesn’t want his 24 character Jack Bauer to have a completely happy ending when the series signs off in a one-off feature film. The actor commented: “Do I think he should go off to the countryside and have a perfect life? No! Jack is walking across the street and he gets hit by a car! Wouldn’t that be a great ending?”

Jenkins to return to Cougar Town

Cougar Town executive producer Kevin Biegel has said that former Scrubs actor Ken Jenkins will return to the comedy sometime in the future after filming an episode for the second season. Biegel said of Jenkins (who played Dr Kelso on Scrubs): “He fit in with the cast so well. It felt like a piece of the show was missing that we finally had when he showed up on set.”

Heroes actor to feature in new comic book series

Former Heroes actor Milo Ventimiglia has signed to feature in and executive produce a new drama project called Rest. The series is based on a Top Cow comic book that features a New Yorker who becomes addicted to a drug that eliminates his need for sleep.

Story laid out for Arrested Development movie

Arrested Development actor David Cross has said a story has been laid out by the producers of the comedy series for the upcoming movie. Cross, who played Tobias, said he believes the story to be a “perfect continuation for the Bluths” although he can’t reveal any more details.

Michael Cera developing TV series

Michael Cera is developing a new comedy series called 13th Grade which will centre on a high school graduate who is stuck in limbo between childhood and adulthood. Cera will work with Derek Waters on the show, who has previously been seen on The Middle and The Sarah Silverman Programme.

Fox quits television

Former Lost actor Matthew Fox has declared he will never work on television again after spending more than 12 years working for the small screen. Fox, who featured on Party of Five before Lost, added that he is keen to take on more theatre role sin the future.

Susan Boyle auto-tuned?

Amid controversy that the latest season of The X Factor in the UK is employing the use of auto-tuners on its auditioning contestants, newspapers are reporting that Susan Boyle’s famous audition on Britain’s Got Talent was “smoothed out” in post production.

Jersey Shore spin-off planned

Jersey Shore producer Sally Ann Salsano is developing a new Southern-based version of the reality show format. With a working title of Party Down South, the project is being developed for Comedy Central.

Chuck casts villains

Chuck has cast a trio of villains for the show’s fourth season, including The Expendables actor Eric Roberts. Roberts will be joined by Joel David Moore and WWE wrestler Batista on the next season which will screen here next year.