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Jason Bateman Speaks Again About The Oft-Foretold Arrested Development Movie

There was a prophesy made long, a legend about the coming of an Arrested Development movie that would redeem us all. Every so often, a prophet by the name of Jason Bateman must emerge from his shabby chic hermit's cove to breath new life into his people's faith. "Nothing would make me happier," Bateman said last night on Conan. "Unfortunately, I have no update of any sort of substance. As soon as we make the bosses' deal, the genius Mitch Hurwitz, when he gets what he's asking for, we will work." The film will arrive when the time is right. I mean, was it two years too late [...]

Sarah Silverman Signs Script Deal For New TV Project

Proof that you can never keep a good doody mouth down, Sarah Silverman's new project is on the way and filled to the brim with piping-hot AIDS jokes (I have to assume). The Hollywood Reporter says that Silverman has signed a script deal with Imagine Television, which has an exclusive deal with 20th Century Fox. If the show is picked up for pilot, Silverman will star; she is currently writing the project with writer Jon Schroeder and showrunner Dan Sterling, both having worked with Sarah on The Sarah Silverman Program until its cancellation in 2010 after three winningly-filthy seasons.

ONN Writers Unionize Under WGAE, Keep The Fake Headlines Coming

We got a hot, throbbing anonymous tip that the writers of the Onion News Network joined WGA-East as of today, thus staving off the need for us to force guffaws while listening to NPR. "The ONN writers stood together and won real improvements,” WGAE Executive Director Lowell Peterson said in the WGA newsletter announcing the deal. "We welcome them into the WGAE and we look forward to a productive relationship with the company.”

The new agreement negotiated between WGA-E and ONN management will reportedly "increase minimum weekly compensation and provide pension and health contributions, retroactive to the start of writing earlier this summer.  The producers also agreed [...]

Tina Fey to Host SNL on May 7th, Be Hilarious Probably

It looks like Tina Fey is heading back to SNL to promote her new book Bossypants; she'll be hosting the show on May 7th, the next new show after this weekend's Mirren-helmed episode. Fortunately for her, Sarah Palin hasn't done anything too outrageous lately, so she probably won't have to don those glasses again. Knock on wood!

Update: Make that May 7th. In any case, it's the next new one.

Rob Riggle Gets HBO Development Deal, Stars In Lifestyle Lemonaid

As part of the excellent Rob Riggle's HBO development deal, he'll star in the upcoming comedy Lifestyle Lemonaid, a show based on a blog of the same name written by Nikki Joel, wife of WME talent agent Brandt Joel. In addition to blogging about fashion and "lifecasting," Joel uses Lifestyle to reveal the painfully intimate details of her husband's life, from his interest in a vasectomy to their "pull and pray" birth control method to his humiliating Christmas gift of adult-size footie pajamas. So, just the kind of thing to send a burly ex-Marine into an enraged fury.

NBC Orders Two More Episodes of Community

Here's some nice proof that Dan Harmon has been freaking out about ratings and cancellations unnecessarily: NBC just ordered two more episodes of Community for this season, bringing the total up to 24. That is very good news, as Community has consistently had the lowest ratings of NBC's Thursday night lineup while arguably being the best show of the evening. That it doesn't kill in the ratings is criminal, but this is the sort of show that will have a long life on DVD and streaming, so kudos to NBC for continuing to support it.