Bateman is an excellent actor, and his character is the ostensible protagonist of Arrested Development. Since the start of the series, he’s played the straight man to his kooky relatives, the guy impressed by how normal he is compared with his hook-having, Magicians’ Alliance-betraying family members. One of the show’s many ironies, of course, is that Michael really isn’t that different, that he shares his kin’s congenital self-centeredness. But in the original Fox seasons, a sense decency and love of family—especially love of son—kept him relatable.
In Season Four, he’s even more central to the show. Famously, showrunner Mitchell Hurwitz struggled to reassemble the old cast for this new run of episodes, and schedules conflicted so much that he ended up having to use green screens and write-around techniques to bring the old ensemble together. Each installment therefore revolves around one particular character in the Bluth family. But Michael always makes an appearance, usually as part of his quest for signatures to obtain the rights to make a movie based on his family’s life.
The most jarring aspect of this season, though, was how show creator Mitchell Hurwitz and his writers seemed to flip a switch on Bateman’s character, turning him into a full-fledged sociopathic weirdo with no explanation of why.
I agree with this so much. Although it’s always nice to see the show get recognized, Michael is by far the most limited and, this season, not even a particularly likable or relatable character. Give Lucille and GOB some love— they were the two characters who were arguably better than ever before this season.
JLD got her 14th nomination making her the most nominated female of all time— hell yeah
Although I think she deserves the Lead Actress in a Comedy award most I think it should go to Amy who has been snubbed EVERY YEAR or Tina because of 30 Rock's final season
Speaking of snubs— Parks and Rec and The Newsroom not being nominated for best Comedy/Drama series are both travesties
Also Jessica Walter not being nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Arrested Development was a shame
Ditto for Allison Janney for Best Guest Actress for Veep
But other than that not a lot of surprises I guess. Although both Downton Abbey and Mad Men have received fewer nominations than they have in past years which I like because it opens up the Drama categories more. And as much as I love Modern Family I am SO tired of its domination of the Comedy category. It’s good but not as good as a bunch of shows it’s beaten over the years.
I’ll do my picks later tonight or tomorrow but that’s my first impression.