TCA Report: Fox, “Arrested Development” film update

Fox went all out with their TCA coverage, providing loads of fun Glee swag and over-feeding reporters at Monday’s Television Critics’ Association summer press tour stop in Beverly Hills. While there was little gay to be had in most of their new shows most of the day’s talk was — not surprisingly — about American Idol and the non-announcement to end all announcements: There’s no news on the judging front. However, some fun tidbits did pop up, including an update on the Arrested Development movie.

10:15 a.m. Running Wilde

From the masterful minds of Arrested Development‘s Mitch Hurwitz and Jim Vallely comes Running Wilde, starring co-created and written by Will Arnett. In addition to the very Arrested-like comedy, the series brings Keri Russell back to the small screen as Emmy, the love that got away from Arnett’s clueless rich guy.

Following the panel, Vallely gave us the skinny on where things are with the Arrested Development movie and Portia de Rossi’s involvement in it:

We’re in the middle of a draft right now, it’s all coming together and we’re trying to take our time and not rush it so we can get it right — because we have to get it right because we have so many smart fans and they will know. I believe Portia has confirmed — everyone as far as I know has agreed to do it. They’re all waiting for the script and we’re all waiting to get the time to just finish it up.

That show should have stayed in my opinion! I think we’re in a comedy renaissance right now and we’d love to get Portia on (Running Wilde), are you kidding?

Pressed for details about Portia’s story arc in the Arrested film, Vallely only offered one tidbit: “I think we’ve got the best joke for Portia and David [Cross], her on-screen husband, Tobias) in the movie, but I can’t tell you! It’s the best joke we’ve ever come up with for them. I will tell you this for AfterEllen: I think everyone will be happy with the story line for David and Portia.” What a tease!

Any shot we’ll see a lesbian on Wilde? Vallely says, “Always!” Let’s hope so — Wilde looks funny and charming.

Running Wilde premieres Tuesday, Sept. 21.

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