Just about everyone you love from the old Arrested Development is returning to the new "Arrested Development," as it's been announced that Liza Minelli will return to the series, joining Henry Winkler and Judy Greer. No word, yet, on whether Scott Baio's Bob Loblaw will make an appearance.
Speaking of Baio: I saw an episode or two of his reality show a few years ago, and you know what? That guy is kind of a douche, which upset my decade's long opinion of him from "Happy Days" and "Charles in Charge." He's returning to television, however, in an actual sitcom about a sitcom Dad becoming a stay-at-home Dad. "See Dad Run" is Nick at Nite's first every original comedy. Here's a preview, though I wouldn't bother.
Here's a promo you might be interested in, for the fourth season of "Modern Family," a sitcom that has found a nice place to sit and stew in its own stasis.
In ratings news, Dems have more to celebrate today than the 4-point lead Obama has over Romney in the latest tracking polls, the adorable photo of the guy LIFTING the president, or Jimmy Fallon as James Taylor's brilliant song at the DNC last week, but more heartening for our purposes is the fact that President Obama practically singularly destroyed the ratings to last Thursday's MTV Video Music Awards, which fell from 12.4 million viewers to 6.1 million viewers.
Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg, and Abby Elliot departed "Saturday Night Live" over the summer (while Jason Sudeikis may come back), so fresh blood was needed. Lorne Michaels has thus hired two new players, Aidy Bryant and Tim Robinson, both from the Chicago sketch comedy circuit. Here's what they look like:
Oh, wow! More white people from the midwest. Way to think outside the box, Lorne.
Update: "SNL" adds a third cast mate, Cecily Strong, also white, also from Chicago's Second City.
Finally, I don't really care about reality shows, and care even less about singing competitions, and somehow care even care less about rumors regarding who might host those shows. However, I admit I'm a little thrilled to learn that Chrissy Teigen is rumored to be up for a host's spot on "The X Factor," and not just because Teigen is seriously a fan of Pajiba (I'm not kidding! She's tweeted about us, like, several times!). She's also very funny, very smart, and very bitchy, in the best kind of way. I don't know if she'll get the gig, but she would be very good at it, although she might very well show up Simon Cowell in the cutting insults department. I'm not entirely sure what her credentials for hosting a singing competition might be, save for the fact that she's engaged to John Legend, but I assure you she'd be better than Demi Lovato, who got seriously burned by a contestant during auditions.
Oh, and Teigen is very pretty, too. In the pretty sense!