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Seven Guest Characters I Hope Return to Arrested Development

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The closer we get to May 26th, the more excited I am for the return of Arrested Development. And as anxious as I am to see what the Bluths have been up to after their seven year hiatus (the show was canceled), I’m equally as excited to see which of their many amazing guest-stars will be returning with them.

Here are the seven guest characters I most hope return to season four of Arrested Development.

1. Liza Minelli as Lucille Austero

Lucille Austero

Austero, AKA: Lucille Two, was Lucille Bluth’s chief social rival and Buster’s vertigo-suffering girlfriend. Will she be looking to reunite with her one-handed, former flame or will she still be tied up with Stan Sitwell?

2. Henry Winkler as Barry Zuckerkorn

Barry Zuckerkorn

Winkler as the Fonz was the epitome of ‘50s cool in the ‘70s—quite the opposite of the inept and clearly out of his league, milquetoast who served as the Bluth family attorney. Will the Bluths stick by Barry or will they rehire Bob Loblaw (I read his law blog)?

3. Amy Poehler as The Bride of G.O.B.

G.O.B.'s Wife

I don’t remember Poehler’s character ever having a name on the show—if she did G.O.B. sure didn’t remember it (I blame too many ruffies). Whatever it was, she was a force of chaos to be reckoned with whenever she made an appearance. In real life Poehler and Arnett split last year, but maybe the show can bring them back together if only for a few episodes.

4. Steve Ryan as J. Walter Weatherman

J. Walter Weatherman

J. Walter Weatherman was the George Bluth’s one-armed employee that he would often use in elaborate schemes to teach his kids a lesson. These lessons always ended with Weatherman’s prosthetic arm being ripped off in dramatic fashion. Then came the moral of the lesson—usually something along the lines of “And that’s why you always leave a note!” What lessons would the eldest Bluth have him teach this time around?

5. Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Maggie Lizer

Maggie Lizer

On a show full of liars, Lizer was arguably the biggest. She wasn’t blind and Michael never got her pregnant and neither did the two cops whose baby she was supposedly carrying. What whoppers could she have possibly concocted over the last seven years? I hope we get the chance to see.

6. Carl Weathers as Carl Weathers

Carl Weathers

The former Apollo Creed is the star of over thirty movies and served as Tobias Fünke’s acting coach and mentor. Weathers seldom taught Tobias much about the actual business of show, but made up for it by showing him the finer points scoring free food from restaurant dumpsters. What nuggets of wisdom would he share now?

7. Charlize Theron as Rita Leeds

Rita Leeds

In my favorite storyline of the entire series, Theron played Michael’s love interest, Rita. She was as lovely as she was cerebrally challenged. She wasn’t the notorious Mr. F, but instead turned out to be a Mentally Retarded Female (MRF). I don’t know if or how they could bring her back, but I’d love it if they did—tiny teddy and all.

One thing that really set Arrested Development apart during its initial run was the way that they were able to consistently tie in terrific cameo appearances and enhance the story. I hope they can do it again.

Who do you hope makes a stop at the banana stand this season? Sound off in the comments below.

All images are courtesy of the Arrested Development Wiki.

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Vote: Suzette Steward for Teacher of the Year

Suzette on Live with Kelly and Michael

I’m sure that all of the teachers up for Live’s Annual Top Teacher are great and all, but none of them are more deserving to win—in my humble, but completely biased opinion—than (my sister-in-law,) Suzette Steward.

Suz and Dracula

Suz teaches children with special needs, and they are, in a very literal sense, her life. When she’s not teaching them at school she’s working them out at the gym or babysitting them to give their parents a much needed break.

Suz at Rodeo

You know those fabulously long summer breaks that teachers get each year? Suzette has not once taken one. She spends all summer (each and every year) running camps where her kids can ride canoes, go down a zipline, dance, make crafts, etc.

Still need convincing? Read what one of her student’s parents said about here here.

Voting closes Monday, April 15th, so head on over to the Live with Kelly and Michael site to vote for Suzette, today.

All images appear courtesy of Suzette Coates’ Facebook unless otherwise noted.

The Muppets + Star Wars = Nexus of All Awesomeness

The Muppet Show

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When I was a kid, something magical happened each Friday night. The whole family gathered around the TV to watch The Muppets until we laughed ourselves silly.

No skit has had more enduring appeal to me than a very special, Star Wars themed Pigs in Space.

Luke Skywalker, Artoo, Threepio, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, & more stared in spectacularly unforgettable sketch.

To my young, impressionable mind this was coolest thing that had ever happened in the history of the universe.

What was your favorite Muppet moment? Sound off in the comments below.

Streaming LDS General Conference in 1080p

Mormon Channel Roku Channel

This weekend I’ll be joining millions of Mormons all over the world as we watch and listen to the messages given at our semi-annual General Conference.

Unlike most of my LDS brothers and sisters, however, I won’t be tuning in via satellite or cable TV. I’ll be streaming it live in glorious 1080p on my Roku via the freshly out-of-beta Mormon Channel.

It’s been nearly a year since we cut out cable to go streaming only and it just keeps getting better.

The Mormon Channel is a free download via the Roku Channel Store and is also available for free on Android, Apple, BlackBerry, and Palm devices.

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If you’ve been waiting until now to find out more about Mormons (we’re all over Broadway and GOP politics this year) I invite you to come and see what we’re about.

How will you be experiencing General Conference this year? Sound off in the comments below.

Nick Jr. Predicts Cowboys & Aliens

Gary Larson provided the original concept and Clarissa explained it all, but did you know that Nick Jr.’s plucky, young anthropomorphic quintet may have also inspired the Cowboys and Aliens movie***?

Backyardigans - Cowboys & Aliens
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Way back in The Backyardigans episode Ranch Hands From Outer Space (Season 3, Episode 14 for anyone who cares) a cowgirl hippo meets up with an alien penguin and pink bug-thing.

Spoiler Alert!

Sadly, there is no shooting of UFOs in this episode. After a series of comedic mishaps the Cowboy (yellow hippo) and Aliens (blue penguin and pink bug-thing) sing, dance, and have a snack.

Singing Dancing Cowboys and Aliens
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If, like me, you have kids between the ages of 1 and 8 (or if you’re really weird) you may have seen this episode before. If not, don’t worry. Nick Jr. has the annoying habit of playing the same episode of a show every day for weeks on end—it’ll turn up eventually. For the impatient types, go to Netflix and you can even stream it on demand.

Have you noticed the recent trend of ripping off resurrecting old ideas for TV shows and movies? Which ones in particular have caught your attention? Sound off in the comments below.

***Props to Lynette for bringing this one to my attention!

Napoleon Dynamite to Return with More Delicious Bass

Writer/director Jared Hess is bringing his 2004 cult-classic, Napoleon Dynamite, to the silver screen and giving it an animated paint job.

Usually, I don’t have much hope for movie-to-TV conversions. However, this show has two things going for it, bodaggit!

  1. The original cast is returning: Napoleon, Kip, Uncle Rico, and Pedro will be back.
  2. It’s on Fox: No one has a better track record with animated, primetime series than the studio that brought us The Simpsons and King of the Hill.

When the Napoleon Dynamite animated series airs sometime in 2012 will you be tuning in? Sound off in the comments below.

Quick Tip: Reorganize Channels on Your Roku Homescreen

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One of the things I love about the Roku is its ability to add and remove channels on-demand. Beyond just Netflix and Hulu Plus, this means that I have a much more granular level of control over what access to entertainment we have in our home.

One thing I struggled with in the past, however, was organizing my home screen—whenever I added a new channel there just didn’t seem to be a quick and easy way for me to get it placed in an order that made sense to me.

Roku 1
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You see, when you add a channel to the Roku it doesn’t ask you where you want it. Your new channel is unceremoniously plunked at the far left.

The only way I could figure out how to reorder my channels was to delete them and add them again in the order I wanted them to appear. This wasn’t very elegant or efficient.

So, after a highly productive two minute chat online with Roku’s Tech Support, I resolved the issue and would like to share the results with you.

Just Press *

  1. Using the Roku remote, browse to the channel you want to move.

Roku 2
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  1. Press the Options button (outlined in red).

Roku Remote
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  1. A popup menu will display. Select the option to “change channel position” and press the OK button.

Roku 3
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  1. A dashed line will appear around the channel’s icon. Press either the Left or Right buttons on your remote to position the channel.

Roku 4
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  1. When you’re satisifed with where the channel is press the OK button.

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  1. Repeat steps 1-5 as needed. Smile smuggly, knowing that your Roku channels are finally in precisely the order you like them.

Roku 6
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According to the Roku Tech Support rep, this feature isn’t documented in either their manual or on their help site (I did check beforehand). Please also note, this tip works only with the Roku XD and XDS models.

Did this help you love your Roku a little bit more? Sound off in the comments below.