[10/11/04 - 12:00 AM]
FX to Run Arrested Development Marathon

[via press release from FX]


Saturday, October 16th, 12-5 PM ET/PT 10-Episode Block of FOX�s 2004 Emmy� Award-Winning Comedy Series

LOS ANGELES, October 11, 2004 � FX has scheduled a five-hour, 10-episode marathon of FOX�s 2004 Emmy� Award-Winning Comedy Series Arrested Development on Saturday, October 16th from noon to 5PM ET/PT. The upcoming second season of Arrested Development premieres on Sunday, November 7th at 8:30 PM ET/PT, while the first season DVD will be released on Tuesday, October 19th.

Listed below is the marathon schedule with episode descriptions:

Pilot (noon) � After being passed over as partner at The Bluth Co., widower Michael resolves to quit the family business and move away to spend more quality time with his 13-year-old son, George Michael. But when his father George Bluth Sr. is arrested for shifty accounting practices and the family assets are frozen, Michael is forced to stay in Orange County to help his wildly eccentric family pick up the pieces.

Bringing Up Buster (12:30 PM) George Michael tries out for the school play in an effort to get closer to Maeby. Unfortunately for them, Tobias volunteers to direct it with embarrassing results. Meanwhile, Gob breaks up with his girlfriend and is left with nowhere to go and Buster is annoying Lucille, so she sends him to live with Michael, where he begins to explore his rebellious side.

Key Decisions (1:00 PM) Michael visits his father in prison in an attempt to get information about some missing accounts, but George Sr. is too preoccupied with the prison softball league to help out. Frustrated, Michael asks Gob to try and get the goods from their father�s longtime secretary, but Gob hooks up with her instead. Meanwhile, Lucille and George Sr. share a conjugal prison visit and Maeby learns that her parents� marriage is on the rocks. Guest stars: Judy Greer as Kitty and Bob Odenkirk as Dr. Gunty.

Visiting Ours (1:30 PM) When Gob and Lindsay accuse Michael of being cold and uncharitable, he goes to great lengths to prove them wrong. But when Lindsay volunteers herself at a bachelorette auction to raise money for charity, no one bids on her and Michael must step in to save her from being embarrassed. Meanwhile, Gob coerces George Michael and Maeby into helping him break into an office to uncover some information. Guest stars: Judy Greer as Kitty; Mel Gorham as Helen; BW Gonzalez as Lupe; and Jerry Douglas as M.C.

Pier Pressure (2:00 PM) When George Michael is upset about getting an A- on a test, Lindsay tells Michael he�s been pushing him too hard. Meanwhile, Buster realizes that Lucille 2 should use medical marijuana to help with her vertigo. But when he turns to George Michael to help track some down, his plan goes up in smoke. Meanwhile, Lindsay sends Maeby to spend the day with Lucille as a punishment for her bad grades. Guest stars: Liza Minnelli as Lucille 2; Steve Ryan as J. Walter Weatherman, Greg Kohout as Derek, Michael Bartel as Young Michael, Curtis Blanck as Young Gob, Caitlin Sedio as Young Lindsay, Jason Aaron Tinero as Young Buster.

Marta Complex (2:30 PM) When Lucille throws an anniversary party for Tobias and Lindsay on Valentine�s Day, Michael gives an impassioned speech about love. This makes Marta realize she has feelings for him and Lindsay realize she wants a divorce. Meanwhile, Buster decides to move out of the penthouse and Lucille revels in living alone for the first time. Guest stars: Carl Weathers as himself, Patricia Velasquez as Marta, BW Gonzalez as Lupe, Liza Minnelli as Lucille 2, Casey Sandino as Cortesio, Oliver Patrick Sandino as Amable, Marco Pelaez as Marco, Carlos Albert as Diego.

Beef Consomm� (3:00 PM) After learning that Marta has feelings for him, Michael goes to her and they decide to get permission from Gob before taking things to the next level. Meanwhile, Lindsay and Tobias finally get to the heart of his �never-nude� problem and George Sr. faces his first hearing. Guest stars: Patricia Velasquez as Marta, Henry Winkler as Barry Zuckerhorn, Michael Paul Chan as Judge Ping and Jesus Nebot as Javier.

Shock & Aww (3:30 PM) After George Michael develops a secret crush on his ethics teacher, Michael attends his son�s Parent-Teacher Night at the school and ends up falling for her himself. As their relationship progresses and George Michael reveals his crush, Michael is forced to make an ethical decision. Meanwhile, George Sr.�s inspirational tapes start to catch on and Lucille adopts a 14-year-old Korean boy. Guest stars: Heather Graham as Beth Baerly, Jane Lynch as Cindi Lightballoon, Iqbal Theba as Nazhgalia, BW Gonzalez as Lupe, Michael Blieden as Agent Cummings, Matt Price as Agent Freeling, Justin Lee as Annyong, Matthew Richards as Jeremy, Maliabeth Johnson as Shanon, Justing Grant Wade as Steve Holt.

Not Without My Daughter (4:00 PM) When Michael brings Maeby to work with him on �Take My Daughter to Work Day,� they discover that Kitty is missing and the police suspect Michael. Despite trying to teach Maeby a lesson about honesty, Michael takes Barry�s advice and tells the police he doesn�t know anything. Meanwhile, Lindsay gets a job at a department store, Tobias gets a job as a security guard and Buster finally gets a chance to play soccer. Guest stars: Henry Winkler as Barry Zuckerhorn, Justin Lee as Annyong, Jay Johnston as Officer Taylor, Jonathan Penner as Detective Fellows, Kevin McDonald as Detective Streudler, Charlie Hartsock as Ted, Christian Lavery as Young George Michael, Jerry C. Minor as Officer Carter, Danielle Cipolla as Young Maeby.

Let Them Eat Cake (4:30 PM) When George Sr. has a heart attack, the family heads to the hospital only to discover he�s escaped and is heading for Mexico in the stolen staircar with Kitty. Meanwhile, Lindsay decides to leave Tobias until a book he wrote a long time ago becomes a gay bestseller and Buster and Annyong compete over women. Guest stars: Henry Winkler as Barry Zuckerhorn, Justin Lee as Annyong, Judy Greer as Kitty, John Beard as Himself, Stacy Glenrock Woods as Trisha Thoon, Matt Walsh as D.A. and Alessandra Toreson as Ann.

The Emmy� Award-winning comedy series Arrested Development revolves around MICHAEL BLUTH (Jason Bateman), the �normal� one in a family of crazies, who is forced to stay in Orange County and run the family real estate business after his father, GEORGE BLUTH SR. (Jeffrey Tambor), is sent to prison for shifty accounting practices. While George Sr. spent the last year in the slammer discovering his newfound Judaism and recording inspirational tapes, Michael spent it picking up the pieces and trying to teach his offbeat family how to live without an endless expense account. All the while Michael has also been trying to do right by his 14-year-old son, GEORGE MICHAEL (Michael Cera), an earnest kid who works diligently at the family�s frozen banana stand.

The Bluths are led by manipulative matriarch LUCILLE BLUTH (Jessica Walter), a socialite who is as icy as her martinis. Then there�s the oldest son, GOB (Will Arnett), a womanizer and struggling magician (sorry, �illusionist�) whose biggest trick will be to make a real job appear. The youngest brother is BUSTER (Tony Hale), a neurotic professional grad student and glorified mama�s boy (he spent 11 months in the womb).

The Bluth siblings are rounded out by cause-obsessed sister LINDSAY (Portia de Rossi), who is married to the hapless TOBIAS (David Cross), a doctor-turned-actor who might get more work if he wasn�t a self-proclaimed �never-nude.�

Lindsay and Tobias are the ultra-permissive parents of MAEBY (Alia Shawkat), a 14-year-old who loves finding unique ways to rebel against their overindulgence.

This past season, Arrested Development featured guest appearances by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Liza Minnelli, Heather Graham and Henry Winkler. The show recently won five Emmy� Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series, Writing, Directing, Casting and Editing, and was also nominated for Art Direction and Supporting Actor for Jeffrey Tambor. Additionally, it was nominated for a Golden Globe� for Best Television Series � Musical or Comedy, and was chosen as an AFI Program of the Year (2003). The series also received the �Future Classic� Award from TV Land, the Critics� Choice Award for Best Comedy and two TCA Awards for Outstanding New Program and Outstanding Comedy Series, among other accolades.

Arrested Development comes from Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox Television. Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, David Nevins and Mitchell Hurwitz are executive producers.

FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable network from Fox. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in more than 85 million homes. The diverse schedule includes a growing roster of distinctive original series and movies, an established film library with box-office hits from 20th Century Fox and other major studios, an impressive roster of acquired hit series, and marquee sports such as NASCAR.

  [october 2004]  


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