Morning Shots: 'Arrested Development,' Women In Film, And More 'Top Chef'

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• I would point out that yesterday's discussion of Mad Men and January Jones was written before I saw her powerful work in last night's stunning episode. if you were wondering whether they were going anywhere with this season, rest assured: they were.

Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz talked a little this weekend about the upcoming movie and how he's approaching it.

• Low-budget horror movie Paranormal Activity continued to look powerful this weekend. In fact, it handily bested Saw VI, the latest big-budget horror offering.

Women in film, a dessert competition, and lowbrow books, after the jump.

• Eager to hear, for once, a complaint from the UK about a lowbrow-culture issue U.S. residents are not yet facing on the same level? Check out this controversy over celebrity-penned novels.

The Washington Post offers this thoroughly depressing analysis of the state of affairs for women's roles in film, noting in part that quality drama is surging on television as it recedes at the movies.

Bravo recently ordered a second season of Top Chef Masters, and now they're also starting up a spin-off focusing on desserts only. I'm not sure how much more the food franchise can hold at this point, but I suppose we'll find out. According to Variety, one Bravo executive says there "seems to be no end to the interest" in the franchise, which, historically, is usually what you say about your franchise right before you kill it with overexposure. Given that the original is a pretty good show, that would be a shame.

• The Jay Leno Debate continues. In this corner, AdAge columnist Simon Dumenco offers ten lessons from what he calls the "failing Leno strategy," while over at, Rick Ellis argues that the show, as a show, isn't as bad as its detractors would have you believe if you actually sit down and force yourself to watch it.



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