The New Yorker Festival announced a late addition to the lineup yesterday, a family reunion to end all family reunions: a panel reuniting the cast of the prematurely canceled cult comedy Arrested Development with series creator Mitchell Hurwitz. Screw the forever-circulating rumors of a movie, this is for real happening; maybe the best surprise in a week full of surprise announcements (apologies to Radiohead and The Shins). Moderator and New Yorker television critic Nancy Franklin will navigate the “exclusive” family get-togehter set to feature all the Bluths — Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, David Cross, Portia de Rossi, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Alia Shawkat and dear sweet Tony Hale — on Sunday, October 2 at Acura at SIR Stage37. Tickets go on sale here noon tomorrow. NOON TOMORROW. I’m already panicked.
And about that movie. The last I heard was that after years of rumors and scheduling difficulties with cast members, they nixed the idea, but apparently (hopefully) I was wrong. Film blog Screen Rant reported on a rumored plot just last month, one that sees the family filming a movie about themselves in contention with one that narrator Ron Howard is making with A-list actors. Perfect.
As for more comedy whose jokes are better than the hipster digs of 2 Broke Girls, Conan O’Brien tweets that he’ll be taking his rightful return to the stage in NYC, taping a handful of shows at The Beacon Theatre over October 31 to November 3. Want to be part of the live audience? Find instructions on how to score tickets here.
Watch, in celebration: