Now that Hollywood has embraced”Arrested Development” with a comedy series Emmy, the show is embracing Hollywood right back, jamming episodes with industry references.
Examples from the March 6 show:
Michael’s (Jason Bateman) old fling tells him that her baby was artifically inseminated by a Harvard grad. Michael responds, sarcastically, “That’s great. He’s probably some geek ‘Simpsons’ writer’s kid.”
Michael’s teenage niece Maeby, through a series of twists, has become an exec at Tantamount Pictures, working on an $80 million remake of “The Old Man and the Sea” called “The Young Man and the Beach.”
And Michael’s son says his girlfriend is “off with her religious group trying to get ‘Nip/Tuck’ taken off the air. … Something about God wants people to age naturally.”
On the season finale, the girlfriend will lead a protest at the house of “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry, who plays himself. “She’s screaming, ‘Keep sex within marriage!’ and he’s screaming, ‘It’s a satire!’ ” says Mitchell Hurwitz, the “Arrested Development” creator and Cherry’s fellow scribe on “Golden Girls.”
Hurwitz doesn’t intend the references as jabs. Instead, he says, they’re meant to place the characters “in the real world,” to show “how pathetic our characters are” and poke fun at the show itself, riffing on its status as Hollywood’s eccentric stepchild.
But isn’t it all too much inside baseball?
“It seems the world is as tuned in to the industry as the industry is,” he says. “You can’t turn on the TV without hearing about box office grosses.”