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Retooled 'Running Wilde' Set To Air On Fox

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Retooled 'Running Wilde' Set To Air On Fox

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Retooled 'Running Wilde' Set To Air On Fox

Retooled 'Running Wilde' Set To Air On Fox

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The new TV show by Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz gives Will Arnett a chance to reach a mainstream comedy audience ... after some major revisions. Running Wilde premieres Tuesday night.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, Host:

NPR's Neda Ulaby has more.

NEDA ULABY: Unidentified Man: It's "Arrested Development."

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT")

ULABY: Unidentified Man #2 (Actor): (as character) Everything all right?

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT")

WILL ARNETT: (as George) I just don't want people's kids getting their sticky little fingers all over these $2,600 pants.

ULABY: "Arrested Development" was deemed too edgy by the network. So Fox suggested to star and co-creator Will Arnett that the new show be more mainstream.

ARNETT: I wouldn't say there was pressure. I would say that that was the directive.

ULABY: Unidentified Woman (Actor): (as character) We are working with a tribe that is very poor, and their village sits on a giant oil deposit that your father wants. You have to tell him not to drill there.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "RUNNING WILDE")

ARNETT: (as Steven Wilde) Oh, not to drill. Well, that's going to be problematic.

ULABY: What is your attraction to playing wealthy jerks?

ARNETT: I've had a lot of wealthy jerks expose themselves to me, and I mean that exactly as it sounds. No, that's entirely untrue. There is always something really funny to me about a character who's really dumb and super confident. And the built-in quality that super-wealthy people have is that they are completely out of touch with the rest of the world.

ULABY: The big problem with "Running Wilde" is that not many people liked the pilot. Critics uniformly groaned. Fox insisted about half of it be reshot.

ARNETT: You know, it's a do-over, it's a mulligan.

ULABY: Will Arnett says the problem for him is that "Running Wilde" is a romantic comedy - a sort of Sam and Diane situation from "Cheers."

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "RUNNING WILDE")

WERTHEIMER: (as character) I am going to finish what I started here.

ARNETT: (as Steven Wilde) Great call.

WERTHEIMER: (as character) I am going to undo every entitled impulse ever drilled into you. I am going to help you, and then together we're going to change the world.

ARNETT: (as Steven Wilde) I can't see a single bad thing coming from that.

ULABY: Arnett is first to say that corny romance is not his strong suit - and that's partly what led to a substantially reshot pilot.

JAMES PONIEWOZIK: It's not terribly different.

ULABY: James Poniewozik covers television for Time Magazine.

PONIEWOZIK: I just felt that it made slight changes from the original that generally were for the worse.

ULABY: Unidentified Man #3 (Actor): (as character) Look who's back from Dubai.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "RUNNING WILDE")

WERTHEIMER: Unidentified Man #3: (as character) In your carry-on?

ULABY: James Poniewozik finds it encouraging that "Running Wilde"'s creators seem to be approaching the process with a great deal of humility.

PONIEWOZIK: The fact that they recognize that there were problems gives me some hope.

ULABY: Hope fueled by Will Arnett's history with "Arrested Development" and its creator, who built this new show around him. Arnett says that's why the reshoots came almost as a relief. They're eager to do whatever it takes to make their sophomore sitcom a hit.

ARNETT: Look, we're excited at the potential to actually have people watch the show while it's on the air, as opposed to it having to be a DVD cult hit five years after its last episode.

ULABY: Neda Ulaby, NPR News.

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