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Netflix says new episodes of “Arrested Development” will debut on March 15

It’s time for another hit off the juice box. Netflix announced today that it will release the remaining eight episodes of “Arrested Development’s” fifth season on March 5, ten months after the first half premiered. In the intervening time, however, the show has dealt with several controversies revolving around accusations of abusive behavior from star Jeffrey Tambor, who plays family patriarch George Bluth.

The Netflix installments of the show, which began in 2013 with season 4 and marked the show’s return after running from 2003 to 2006 on Fox, have received mixed reviews and failed to achieve the iconic status of the original episodes. The controversies surrounding the show’s cast has also dampened some fans’ enthusiasm, at least for the new seasons.

Tambor will appear in the upcoming episodes despite being fired from Amazon Studios’ “Transparent” last year after he was accused of sexual harassment by two of his colleagues on the series. Then Tambor’s “Arrested Development” co-star Jessica Walter said he had verbally abused her during filming. In a New York Times cast interview to promote the first half of season five, Walter said she was “over it now,” but tone-deaf responses from male castmates, including Jason Bateman, underscored how warped gender dynamics and Tambor’s misbehavior might have been enabled on set (Bateman later apologized).

Tambor has denied the sexual harassment accusations, but a year and a half after the MeToo Movement began taking off, it is likely to continue casting a pall over the latest installment of “Arrested Development.” The new season picks up story lines involving the Bluth company’s involvement in building the border wall and Buster’s murder trial.

Funko is releasing ‘The Office’ figures since everyone still loves the show

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It’s been nearly six years since the series finale of  The Office aired on NBC, but the workplace comedy still has an extremely dedicated fanbase.

To kick off 2019, amidst passionate pleas for an Office reboot, Funko decided it was finally time to release a collection of adorable Pop! figures inspired by some fan favorite Dunder Mifflin employees.

The figures debuted at the 2019 New York Toy Fair — along with figures inspired by Shazam!, Post Malone, Dragon Ball Z, and more — and as a die-hard Office fan, I can honestly say they look damn near perfect.

ICYMI: The Office Pop!s are on the way! #FunkoTFNY https://t.co/P0ufsDMkXA pic.twitter.com/ImMcfeAQ73

— Funko (@OriginalFunko) February 17, 2019 Read more…

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Netflix’s ‘Friends From College’ won’t be back for a third season

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Another Netflix series has bitten the dust.

Friends From College won’t be returning for a third season, the show’s co-creator Nicholas Stoller revealed on Twitter.

“Thanks to everyone who watched it. Happy Presidents’ Day!” he said.

Friends from College will not be returning for a third season. Thanks to everyone who watched it. Happy Presidents’ Day!

— nicholasstoller 🇺🇸 (@nicholasstoller) February 19, 2019

A Netflix spokesperson later confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter that the show would not return, a month after the second season premiered on the streaming service. Read more…

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