Bateman and Arnett Are Back, Animated and Still Developing


Jason Bateman and Will Arnett are back together on a new show, only we won't be seeing much of them at all. The animated show, Sit Down, Shut Up, based on an Australian program premieres this spring and reunites a whole lot of Arrested Development cast, writers and producers. Of course, talks at their TCA lunch immediately went to the AD movie — which is apparently Valkyrie meets Hotel for Dogs, hilarious. Jason Bateman and Will Arnett kept the whole room laughing trading jabs and with barely a serious sentence uttered. The rest of the cast, including Kristin Chenoweth, Cheri Oteri and Nick Kroll kept right up. If the show is anything like the panel, the fans will be happy. Here are a few highlights:

  • Jason Bateman on doing voice over work: "It frees up a lot of time for me. It takes about 45 minutes to snap this bad boy off. . . No, doing voice over work takes a lot of work — not a badger tail like Arnett, not a lick-n-stick. It is not easy for me. I keep anticipating a pink slip every time we do one of these things. I'm happy to be here, I don’t know how much longer I will be here. Not like Velvet Pipes here [at Arnett]."
  • Will Arnett: "It’s a different experience you’re in a room by yourself not with the other actors. Kind of doing it in a vacuum. You can read a scene all the way through and then you can go back and immediately run through it again and completely reinterpret the scene so its very freeing."
    Nick Kroll: "Actually, we all work together it's just you who doesn't."
    Will Arnett: "Is it fun?"
    Nick Kroll: "We have a great time."

Costar Tom Kenny joked that Will and Jason have been "really good about autographs, we don't ask for them, they just sign stuff and give it to us" before the Development alums got into a lengthy discussion about why the show never caught on and how the Nielsen system didn't work in their favor at the time. Clearly still something they're thinking about, as are all the devotees who will get a special treat when this show hits the screen.

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