The Bluths are Back!

Arrested Development ranks as (at least) my co-favorite television show. (Sports Night puts up a good fight). I will admit it took a couple of episodes for me to fall in love, but once I fell, I fell hard. A combination of pop culture references, witty one liners, and jokes that pay off several episodes later, Arrested Development literally never gets old.

So, obviously I am very excited about premiere of 15 new episodes that drop on Netflix tomorrow at 2am, Central Time. There has been lots of hand wringing and worry going on around the internets about this “season” of A.D. Will it be funny? Does it make sense to revisit the Bluths right now? Honestly, I am not worried. I am still so giddy that I get to see the whole Bluth (and friends!) clan again that I am not sure it could disappoint. My hope is that the new episodes reward longtime viewers, but also bring in new ones.

I will likely be live tweeting as I watch (@ilovethebluths), though I make no promises on the quality of 2 am tweets. I will be back for thoughts once I have digested all the eps, so for now I will say that despite exclamations of “getting rid of the Seaward”, “I will leave when I am good and ready!”

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“Awake”

This is probably cheating, but I am counting this as an official post. So that’s one down and one to go in February, and that’s me keeping my New Year’s Resolutions. (Thank goodness it’s a Leap Year).

Anyway, I am super-excited for the premiere of Lucius Malfoy’s Jason Isaacs’ new tv show, Awake, which premiers on Thursday, March 1. Isaacs plays detective Michael Britten, who gets into car accident with his wife and son. He awakes to find that his wife has died, although his son has made it through. But what happens when he goes asleep is where it gets exciting. When he wakes up again, he is now in a world where his son has died, but his wife lived.

Clearly this is a show made for me.

I haven’t had time to watch the preview¬† of the first episode on NBC, although I wish I had if for no other reason than I could pretend to be like a real critic.¬† However, I watched a preview way back in July for this, and have been waiting for it to show up ever since. It seems to be getting some decent reviews, and has a good cast. In addition to Isacc’s, B.D. Wong and Cherry Jones play therapists in each of the respective ‘worlds,’ and he has a different partner in each ‘world’ as well. And honestly, with this premise, plus the opportunity to stare at Jason Isaacs (playing a Yank, btw) for an hour each week, you know I am all in.

I’ll check back in after I’ve actually seen the episode and let you know what I think. Here is the current preview: