I'm back after a week off because of my furlough, and all I can say is, it's nice to be paid once again.
During my week off, I became an uncle for the second time (Allie Diller Ramati, born Saturday, 8 lbs-8 oz) and got to take part in the best Crossroads Writers Conference yet. For those Middle Georgians who didn't make it, I have to say, you really missed out.
Anyway, I hope the rest of you were able to keep track of the new TV shows that rolled out (especially Showtime's "Homeland," which debuted Sunday and will re-air the rest of this week. The best new show of the season, IMO.)
Some of the other things I was prevented from writing about: Macon's own Nancy Grace's wardrobe malfunction on "Dancing With The Stars," Andy Rooney signing off on "60 Minutes," and other various TV-related items.
Never miss a local story.
But one other great thing that came out for me over the weekend is the possible return of "Arrested Development" to the small screen in anticipation of a big-screen project.
The Fox series, which ran from 2003-06, featuring a brilliant cast that included Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Will Arnett, Portia di Rossi, Tony Hale and others, was one of the most brilliant comedies ever done, but was definitely a cult hit on TV. People either loved it or hated the series, about one not-very-bright family trying to survive after their construction business went belly up because of the patriarch's illegal business dealings.
Series creator Mitchell Hurwitz has promised a movie for years, but has had a hard time getting the cast together, simply because so many of the show's stars are in constant demand. Now, not only is a movie on the horizon, but a TV miniseries that will bridge the gap between the old show and the movie has also been announced. It will run 10 episodes, though no date has been set yet.
If nothing else, it's gotten the internet abuzz with possibilities, with talk that the movie will be about a movie about the Bluth family. (You read that right).
It can't come soon enough.
MONDAY'S BEST BETS: "House" (Fox, 9 p.m.) returns after arguably one of the worst season finales in TV history. So bad was it that I'm likely giving up on the show, but I may catch tonight's premiere after "Terra Nova" simply to see how they try to mitigate the damage as they fast-forward a year later.
Nancy Grace will try to keep her wardrobe on for "Dancing With The Stars" (ABC, 8 p.m.), followed by "Castle" at 10 p.m.
NBC has "The Sing-Off," followed by "The Playboy Club" at 10 p.m.
CBS' sitcoms are followed by a new "Hawaii Five-0" at 10 p.m., while The CW has new episodes of "Gossip Girl" and "Hart of Dixie" from 8-10 p.m.
Ken Burns' documentary, "Prohibition," continues tonight at 8 p.m.
On cable, "Warehouse 13" (SyFy, 9 p.m.) wraps up its season with back-to-back episodes.