- - Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Bluths are back, as Jason Bateman kindly keeps reminding us.

The “Arrested Development” star tweeted a photo from the set of the revived comedy Tuesday, the first day of production for season four.

“First day. Away we go ” he tweeted.

Mr. Bateman — who as Michael Bluth reprises his role as the son who has no choice but to keep his family together — last month tweeted a set photo of onscreen son Michael Cera.

While these photos haven’t revealed much plotwise, executive producer Mitch Hurwitz said in April that each episode would focus on one of the show’s characters as a way to bring viewers up to speed on what has happened in the years since the show went off the air.

Last month, the show’s narrator and executive producer, Ron Howard, tantalized fans by tweeting a photo of the script for the first episode, titled “Michael,” a strong indicator that Mr. Bateman’s character is the focus of the season premiere.

“Arrested Development” ran on Fox for three seasons from 2003 to 2006 before being canceled. Its revived form will hit Netflix during the first half of 2013.

‘Battlestar’ fans get credit for ‘Longmire’s‘ success

Actress Katee Sackhoff has a confession: She’s obsessed with TV personality Bethenny Frankel.

“She’s probably a kindred spirit of mine,” said Miss Sackhoff, who stars on the A&E series “Longmire,” in a recent Associated Press interview.

Miss Frankel became famous as one of the cast members of “The Real Housewives of New York.” She’s written several books and recently debuted a talk show on Fox. Miss Sackhoff says she follows her on Twitter.

“I’ve never met somebody in the public eye who speaks as honestly as I do,” Miss Sackoff said of Miss Frankel, “and it’s refreshing because there are times where I question whether or not people can actually handle the truth or if they want it. I’m a very open book about who I am. I think it’s the only way to kind of touch people and she’s done it. It’s pretty amazing.”

Miss Sackhoff, 32, has had success playing women who aren’t shrinking violets.

She starred as Kara “Starbuck” Thrace on “Battlestar Galactica,” which made her a fan-boy sex symbol. Now she’s holding her own as Deputy Sheriff Victoria “Vic” Moretti on “Longmire,” based on the best-selling novels by Craig Johnson. Robert Taylor plays Sheriff Walt Longmire. The show airs its first-season finale Sunday.

Miss Sackhoff said she enjoys playing Vic.

“I love the fact that she walks into a room and she wakes you up. She’s loud, she’s fast and she’s great at her job, and she says things that she probably shouldn’t say and she does things that she probably shouldn’t do,” she said. “I think that she’s probably the closest that I’ve played to myself, which is really fun.”

“Longmire” premiered to 4.1 million viewers, making it A&E’s top-rated original series premiere ever. It’s been picked up for a second season.

“[The ratings are] four times what ‘Battlestar’ used to get an episode. It’s a hit and it’s really weird. I feel this fondness for it that I felt toward ‘Battlestar,’” Miss Sackhoff said.

She credited supporters of “Battlestar Galactica” with helping make “Longmire” a success.

“I do believe that loyal fan base is a large chunk of our viewership. I think that they’re amazing and I’m incredibly lucky and our show is lucky and ‘Battlestar’ was lucky. You know, they’ll probably follow me into romantic comedies, which would be nice,” she laughed.

Pattinson booked as guest on Monday’s ‘Daily Show’

Robert Pattinson is starting his TV media blitz for “Cosmopolis” a couple days earlier than expected.

The actor will appear as a guest on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” on Monday, the same day as the movie’s New York premiere. It will mark his first televised appearance since his girlfriend, Kristen Stewart, confessed to cheating on him.

News of his chat with host Jon Stewart, first reported by HollywoodLife.com, comes a day after it was revealed that Mr. Pattinson will give a live TV interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Wednesday.

Monday’s appearance will mark his second visit to “The Daily Show”; he first sat down in the guests’ chair March 2, 2010, to promote his movie “Remember Me.”

The British actor has kept a low profile ever since Miss Stewart, his “Twilight” co-star, admitted July 25 to having an affair with her “Snow White and the Huntsman” director Rupert Sanders. Mr. Pattinson has yet to address the scandal publicly.

“Cosmopolis,” directed by David Cronenberg from an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s novel, stars Mr. Pattinson as a billionaire whose mission for a haircut veers wildly off course. Juliette Binoche co-stars in the movie, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

Fallon turns down offer to host 2013 Oscars

Giving weight to a recent report that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was considering Jimmy Fallon as the host for the 2013 Academy Awards telecast, the “Late Night” host acknowledged Wednesday that he had been asked. He also said he turned the offer down.

Speaking with Matt Lauer during one of “Today’s” Olympic broadcasts in London, Mr. Fallon addressed the rumors head on.

“No, I’m not going to do the Oscars,” he said. “It’s an honor to be asked by the Academy, but it’s not my year.”

Mr. Fallon’s name first popped up as a possible Oscar host last week, with a Los Angeles Times story also reporting that the show would be produced by Mr. Fallon’s former “Saturday Night Live” boss Lorne Michaels. This was said to be a bit of a conflict for Oscar network ABC, the home of Mr. Fallon’s direct competition, Jimmy Kimmel.

Visibly disappointed by the response of his NBC colleague, Mr. Lauer finished the segment, noting “that wasn’t quite the note I was hoping to end on.”

• Compiled from Web and wire reports

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