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Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Entire 'Arrested Development' Cast Confirmed for Revival

(L-R) Jeffrey Tambor, Portia De Rossi, Mitchell Hurwitz, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, David Cross, Jason Bateman, Michael Cera and Alia Shawkat attend The 2011 New Yorker Festival: "Arrested Development" Panel at Acura at SIR Stage37 on October 2, 2011 in New York City. 

  Jason Bateman and Will Arnett ('Arrested Development') Great news for Arrested Development fans: the entire Bluth clan will be back for the new season on Netflix! According to writer Dean Lorey, the entire oiginal cast — including Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Jeffrey Tambor, David Cross, Michael Cera, Portia De Rossi, Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat and Jessica Walter — have all signed on to appear in the new season, which is set to hit Netflix sometime in 2013.

Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz first announced that the series would be returning at the New Yorker Festival last October. Arrested Development originally aired for three seasons on Fox from 2003-2006, gathering critical adoration and a devoted fan following. Movie rumors started almost as soon as the series was cancelled, but fans have had to wait five long years for Arrested Development's official return. The current plan involves 10 brand new episodes for Netflix, followed by a movie. No word on whether Judy Greer will join the rest of the cast and reprise her Kitty Sanchez role, but we're crossing our fingers and toes!

• Fans of Downton Abbey will be pleased to learn that Maggie Smith's sharp-tongued Countess will soon have a worthy rival: Oscar winner Shirley McClaine has signed on to play the mother of Elizabeth McGovern's Lady Grantham character. According to the Daily Beast, McClaine will appear in the third season of the Emmy winning series, which begins production next month (Downton's 2nd season currently airs in the US on Sunday nights on PBS). We can't wait to see what Downton AbbeyoncĂ© does with the indomitable McClaine.

• HBO has released a new Game of Thrones season 2 trailer and even though it's only about a minute long, it definitely has us longing for the show's April 1st premiere. "Power resides where men believe it resides. It's a trick — a shadow on the wall..." the Master of Whispers Lord Varys says in a voice over. "And a very small man can cast a very large shadow," he finishes as Tyrion (Emmy winner Peter Dinklage) smiles slyly. Winter can't come soon enough...

• Turns out Fear Factor does have gross-out limits. In light of public outcry over an episode that was to feature contestants drinking donkey semen (yes, DONKEY SEMEN), Fear Factor has pulled the offending episode and will air a repeat in its place. So if you were really looking forward to watching the grossest thing ever on TV tonight, sorry.

DVR Watch: Gossip Girl celebrates its 100th episode with Blair's wedding CW, 8pm), Hart of Dixie has Lemon campaigning to become to Belle's new Memory Matron (CW, 9pm), Alcatraz brings back a notorious bank robber (Fox, 9pm), Being Human has vampire Aidan discovering a secret from his girlfriend's past (Syfy, 9pm), The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunite for what is sure to be a staid intellectual affair (Bravo, 9pm), and RuPaul's Drag Race is baaaaaack! (Logo, 9pm).

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