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Give yourself a Gatorade shower with hot ham water: Arrested Development will return after a seven-year absence with 15 new episodes that will be released all at once! Season 4 of the cult comedy won't be a traditional one, though. Each installment plays catch-up with one Bluth (plus special guests, family and otherwise), and the interwoven episodes will set up a not-yet-official movie. ''[Creator Mitchell Hurwitz] could have simply put together a number of episodes that look and feel exactly like the old ones, and I think people would have been happy to see them,'' notes star Jason Bateman. ''But what he's doing is so much more ambitious than any of the other episodes ever were.'' As for this season's story, he hints: ''Whatever bad shape they were in seven years ago, it hasn't gotten any better in the seven years in between.'' Binge responsibly, kids.
Marvel's Avengers Assemble
Iron Man and Co. come together in cartoon form for kids. They still battle the bad guys, only this time, it’s in 30-minute segments.
At times, there have been so many unpleasant characters crammed into Smash it was as if producers were trying to figure out how many clowns could fit in one Volkswagen. But as the series takes its presumed final breath with this season's finale about life-ordeath Tony hubbub, I find that I've watched every episode, that the sneaky song ''Broadway, Here I Come!'' is camping in my head, and that I want to pin medals on the actors who've glowed despite the drama's thousand course corrections (Megan Hilty, for one, is like a lantern). The story of Smash, onscreen and off, is the story of gifted people trying to make a show not suck. It's no small compliment to say they'll have died trying.
Behind the Candelabra
Michael Douglas is Liberace. Matt Damon is his young lover. Matt Damon's hair is...I'm not sure anyone can answer that.
Joan goes to the beach. And I'm pretty sure we're all thinking about the same thing right now.