To paraphrase Homer Simpson, moms: the cause of, and solution to all of life's problems. Or at least, the cause of and solution to most of television's problems. It was tough to narrow this list of TV's iconic moms to just eight—we suspect that both Sofia Petrillo and Carmela Soprano have it out for us now—but we took our best stab at it, though, OK, we kind of slipped in a ninth. Let us know your thoughts in the comments! Game of Thrones : Cersei Lannister/Daenerys Targaryen One is the mother of dragons and the other is the mother of a monster, and they're two of Game of Thrones ' most notorious power players. By turns ruthless and loving, Cersei and Daenerys will do anything to ensure their legacies—including using their children to do their bidding. Arrested Development : Lucille Bluth Speaking of power players, Lucille, matriarch of the dysfunctional Bluth clan, turned out to be the real brains behind the "lightly treasonous" business deals that shaped the AD storyline in seasons one through three—only to be stuck under house arrest come season four. How I Met Your Mother : Tracy (The Mother) Tracy, the titular-yet-oft-unseen mother, is the reason we got to spend nine years with the HIMYM crew, even though we only got to spend one year (or is it more like one weekend?) with her. She may not have been integral to the story in the end, but as the catalyst of the long-running sitcom, she gets to take her place among the iconic TV moms of the new millennium. Seinfeld : Estelle Costanza For decades, television tended to idealize mothers. Thankfully, '90s tended towards cynicism—in large part due to the success of Seinfeld —and brought us the wonder that was Estelle Costanza. Shrill, nuts, adoring, and petty, she was every bit the equal to her husband, Frank, and a big part of what made George so, well... George. Friday Night Lights : Tami Taylor Not that there's anything wrong with idealized moms—and Tami is living proof. She's loving, dedicated, ambitious, brilliant and a perfect partner to husband Eric ("Coach") Taylor. She's so great, she managed to make a career jump from guidance counselor to principal after just two years at Dillon High! Coach might get cast aside, but Tami is irreplaceable (except maybe to daughter Julie, but eventually, she'll learn). Mad Men : Betty Draper/Francis Pity Betty. She's had a poor little rich girl existence since the start of Mad Men , what with Don constantly cheating on her, her kids not loving her (not that she's been any great help on that front), and getting remarried to a guy she's not entirely sure is on her side. As Tolstoy said, "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." At least when it comes to Betty, that unhappiness makes for a mesmerizing character. Roseanne : Roseanne Conner Roseanne Conner might just have been the anti-Betty. She was working class, and caught zero breaks, but she was a bedrock for her family. Her husband adored her, her kids respected her, and before things went all wacky in the final season, she was one of the (very) few everywomen on TV, with a family we didn't admire so much as relate to. Parenthood : Kristina Braverman Kristina is the closest thing we have on this earth to an angel. She's even got a halo of white-blonde hair to prove it. She's the sounding board for her (extremely large and complicated) family, she has the patience of a saint (yes, the metaphors just got mixed; deal with it), and it's pretty impossible not to love her. You'll cry with her, laugh with her, hurt with her and generally just want to be her. Given that she's perfect, she's the only acceptable way to end this list. Leah E. Friedman is the editor of SideReel.com. She loves her mom. You can follow her musings on Twitter .
Apparently Will Arnett and Jeffrey Tambor are already feeling the Arrested Development nostalgia! The former father-and-son duo will reunite on the set of Arnett's new CBS comedy The Millers when Tambor guest stars later this spring. Arrested Development fans rejoice! A George Sr and Gob reunion is set to take place on 'The Millers.' Jeffrey Tambor will guest-star on Will Arnett's freshman sitcom, playing the owner of the TV station where Will Arnett's character, Nathan, works. Nathan and his co-worker Ray, played by J.B. Smoove, pitch a Saturday morning children's show to Tambor, based off the imagination of Tom, played by Beau Bridges. According to CBS, Tambor's episode will air this spring. Which other Arrested Development actors do you hope to see as guests on The Millers? Sound off in the comments and stick with us at Celebified for more TV scoop.
CBS is bringing the Bluth family back together. Well, some of them, anyway. “Arrested Development” alum Will Arnett will be joined by his former costar Jeffrey Tambor on an upcoming episode of Arnett’s CBS comedy “The Millers,” CBS said Wednesday. Read More... http://www.thewrap.com/the-millers-jeffrey-tambor-will-arnett-cbs-arrested-development
The last time Zap2it caught up with Jason Bateman, Netflix was only days away from premiering "Arrested Development" Season 4. Eight months have passed since the Bluths returnedat long last, but since then there hasn't been much talk about when -- or if -- Season 5 will be made. Netflix was quick to say it's open to more seasons after Season 4 premiered, and creator Mitch Hurwitz said he wants to revisit the project every two to three years. By July, producer Brian Grazer said they were in talks with Netflix for Season 5, but Hurwitz later said in October that he wants to do a movie before a new season. So where do we stand now? Bateman -- an Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominee for Season 4 of "Arrested" -- has no idea. "That's absolutely out of my hands. No one's talked to me about any of it," he tells Zap2it while promoting... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/01/jason-bateman-offers-update-on-arrested-development-season-5.html
If Netflix's season of "Arrested Development" wasn't enough for your Bluth-loving appetite, here's some good news: an "Arrested Development" soundtrack is coming your way.The critically-loved comedy from Mitch Hurwitz may be a long way from getting another season or a movie, but it will get its own soundtrack with 42 songs, including the songs "Big Yellow Joint," "Get Away," and "Boomerang" performed by Lucy Schwartz, which was featured in the season finale of the fourth season. The soundtrack will be released on November 19, 2013 and is now available for pre-order on Amazon, Film Music Reporter reports."'Arrested Development's composer David Schwartz selected his songs and score from all four seasons of the show, with a heavy dose of the original madcap songs and its signature ukulele tunes," a press release about the upcoming soundtrack stated.This isn't the first TV series soundtrack for Schwartz. He also composed soundtracks for "Deadwood" and "Beverly Hills, 90210." He... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/10/arrested-development-soundtrack-coming-in-november.html
Mitch Hurwitz has big plans for "Arrested Development's" future. He's long been talking about an "Arrested Development" movie, but the comedy TV show's creator explained why he'd like to be a film to be the next step in the series' journey during a speechat the New York TV Festival keynote. Of course, there's no set schedule for when that dreamed of movie will be made. Hurwitz gave his usual logline -- "All I've been able to say is, I really want to continue with this, and the cast really wants to continue with this" -- before explaining why he's having such trouble following up Season 4. "What my new thing is, because it might be tough to get the cast together for the four months you would need to make a series, is to try to get them together for four weeks sooner, and do the movie that is the story that we've been building... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/10/arrested-development-mitch-hurwitz-wants-a-movie-then-season-5.html
Rest your fears, "Arrested Development" fans: the Bluth family will be coming back on Netflix. It's no longer a matter of "if," but simply a matter of "when" and "how," Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos reveals in a new interview. "There's no question. It's a matter of when and what form it takes," Sarandos tells TheWrap. "We kicked around the idea of doing another season, or doing a movie." Just don't expect an "Arrested Development" movie to hit the big screen. Sarandos says theatrical distribution "is not really consistent" with what Netflix is all about. Sarandos also says there are no hard feelings about "House of Cards" losing Outstanding Drama Series to "Breaking Bad." After all, "Breaking Bad's" continued popularity and increased viewership have Netflix to thank. Series creator Vince Gilligan knows it, as Sarandos says he personally thanked Netflix backstage at the Emmys for "saving" the series. As for Netflix's other thriving series,... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/09/arrested-development-is-coming-back-on-netflix-theres-no-question-says-ted-sarandos.html
If anything, the nominations for the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards indicate the honors are changing, along with the television business itself.And this year, that largely comes down to one word: Netflix.That pay service has become a major player in the Emmys -- which CBS televises Sunday, Sept. 22 -- for the first time, thanks to the two projects it backed that viewers couldn't see anywhere else (before their later home video releases, anyway): the Americanization of "House of Cards" and the revival of "Arrested Development."If the broadcast networks thought they had a lot to fear from cable, now they have direct delivery systems such as Netflix to contend with, too. And just how worrisome does cable continue to be for the ABCs, CBSes and NBCs of the world? Consider that only one of the six nominees for outstanding drama series -- "Downton Abbey" -- is from the broadcast world. And that's PBS.It's the same thing... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/09/zap-before-they-were-2013-emmy-nominees-pics.html
Jason Bateman scored his second career Emmy nomination this year for playing Michael Bluth on "Arrested Development," eight years after first being nominated for the role. That's great and all -- but in a certain part of the pop-culture consciousness, he'll always be Matthew Burton.You know, the lead character of "It's Your Move"? The one-season NBC sitcom from 1984-85? Welcome to Before They Were Emmy Nominees. Each Tuesday and Wednesday between now and the Emmy Awards on Sept. 22, we're going to look back at some early and obscure roles of a few of this year's acting nominees. (See Zap2it's Before They Were Nominees photo gallery.)"It's Your Move" came from Ron Leavitt and Michael G. Moye, the future creators of "Married ... With Children." Bateman's Matthew was a teenage prankster and scam artist who lived with his sister (Tricia Cast) and their mom (Caren Kaye). Matthew met his match in their new neighbor -- and... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/08/arrested-developments-jason-bateman-before-the-emmys-its-your-move-and-silver-spoons.html
After months of speculation, Mitch Hurwitz told Rolling Stone that he's started work on an Arrested Development movie. "I'm working on the movie right now," Hurwitz said. "I can't get into much more detail because I don't want to scare anybody off. Read More... http://www.tvguide.com/News/Arrested-Development-Movie-1069648.aspx?rss=breakingnews