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But maybe the best (or at least quickest) way I can describe the vibe of "HouseBroken" is that it's a show that includes both Honey's quiet grief at losing her best friend and Honey imagining herself seducing a wild coyote in bondage gear to the tune of Cardi B's (radio friendly-ish) "WAP." The show's got some layers, but it also knows its lane. In the first two episodes, there's barely enough time to get through all the facts of the cast, but a couple smart stories keep the show aloft.
Still, "HouseBroken" finds a few ways to make itself stand out, especially with the help of several solid voiceover performances from actors who know how to make any character a standout. There aren't too many surefire ideas out there these days, though "what if 'The Secret Life of Pets' didn't have to be G-rated?" is about as straight down the middle a pitch as it gets. (And no, the pets aren't the old characters who get to speak; Maria Bamford guest stars as a harried owner, though not long enough to make as much of an impression as Bamford's elastic voice is capable of creating.)
"HouseBroken," Fox's new animated comedy from Gabrielle Allan and Jennifer Crittenden ("Veep"), follows a group of misfit pets led in weekly therapy sessions by Honey (Lisa Kudrow), a perfectionist poodle who wants to solve everyone else's problems as well as her own. Fat cat Chico (Sam Richardson) is obsessed with his absentee owner, while Shel (Will Forte) is an aged turtle with the well-founded fear that he's the only turtle around for miles. Honey's adopted brother Chief (Nat Faxon) is a classically dumb dog who trusts everything and everyone, even when it's a skunk that sprays him in the face every single time they meet. There's Tabitha (executive producer Sharon Horgan), a snobby Persian cat, and "The Gray One" (Jason Mantzoukas), a scrappy tomcat used to fighting for space and attention in a home packed to the brim with other anonymous pets. All the above act about the way you'd expect, but these actors are sharp enough to make the characterizations more three-dimensional than first meets the eye. Animated by Bento Box Entertainment ("Bob's Burgers"), the show doesn't need to stray too far from the usual animal tropes to find decent humor in them.
And don't get potbelly pig Max (also Hale) started on who his celebrity owner might be. Honey's group also includes a few less immediately cliché pets who, at least in the first two episodes screened for critics, don't get quite enough airtime to make an impression but have potential to down the line. (It's George Clooney, heard of him?!) Hamster Nibbles (Bresha Webb) simmers with a rage much bigger than her tiny body, while goldfish Bubbles (Greta Lee) can't do much but roll her eyes at the group from within the confines of her fishbowl. Corgi Elsa (executive producer Clea DuVall) is a service dog in training, a fact she never lets anyone else forget in as many self-righteous asides as she can squeeze into casual conversation.

Walter, who was 80, was best known for her portrayal of Lucille Bluth in "Arrested Development." Her career spanned more than six decades and included other iconic roles, such as Malory Archer in "Archer" and the title character in the 1970s crime drama "Amy Prentiss."
In addition to film and TV, Walter also found success in theater, starring in Broadway productions like "Advise & Consent," Neil Simon’s "Rumors," "A Severed Head," "Nightlife" and "Photo Finish," which earned her the Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Newcomer.
"Archer" star Aisha Tyler called Walter "a queen in every way: kind, classy, incredibly talented, generous with love & support."
Alia Shawkat, who played Walter's granddaughter Maeby Fünke in "Arrested Development," posted a tribute on Instagram, writing, "love you Gangie."
Attaching a photo from the show, Gelula called Walter "one of the sharpest funniest hardest working actors" she will ever know. Dylan Gelula, who worked with Walter on "Jennifer Falls," also took to Twitter to share a memory of the late actress.
Viola Davis honored Walter on Twitter, writing, "I grew up watching you AND admiring you."


David Cross, who also starred in "Arrested Development" alongside Walter, tweeted, "I consider myself privileged and very lucky to have been able to work with her."
After news broke on Thursday that the legendary Jessica Walter had died, celebrities took to social media to share condolences and fond memories of the award-winning actress.
"She was a force, and her talent and timing were unmatched," Tony Hale said. "Rest In Peace Mama Bluth."
"Jessica Walter never missed," wrote John Levenstein, who produced and wrote for "Arrested Development." "If she didn’t get a laugh there was a problem with the script."
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Hale played Walter's son, Buster Bluth, on "Arrested Development."
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(As for her favorite son Buster, I can't say much lest I ruin his storyline completely, but rest assured that Tony Hale's wide-eyed, weirdo energy remains a bright spot as per always.) And while Lindsay's quest for validation through political fearmongering features surprisingly little of Lindsay herself (de Rossi is the only one who appears to have been shot separately more often than not), her congressional campaign is exactly the kind of framing device that brings out the most ridiculous sides of her family. The same holds true for the rare combination of Tobias and Lucille (Jessica Walter) when he briefly becomes her therapist; in these scenes, there's hardly a line of Lucille's that Walter doesn't deliver with the pitch perfect amount of acid.
Executive producers Mitchell Hurwitz, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Jim Vallely and Richie Rosenstock.
There’s something perfect about the fact that season 5 of “Arrested Development” picks up almost immediately where season 4 left off as if no time has passed at all, alternately ignoring and winking at the fact that its cast has aged. After all (narrator voice): it’s “Arrested Development.”
CAST: Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi, David Cross and Alia Shawkat.” />
It's both jarring and fun to see them now complain about their family over drinks, even more so to hear the usually docile George Michael mutter that someone's "such a stupid asshole." While season 4 kept George Michael and Maeby (Alia Shawkat) acting about the same as they ever had as teenagers, season 5 acknowledges that they're now at least approximately adults. George Michael – who ended season 4 by punching his father in the face – gains enough actual confidence to make him more evenly matched with Maeby, whose newest long con lets Shawkat be her screwball best. So from where I'm sitting, it's telling that some of the best material season 5 has to offer comes from storylines that let the characters change even just a little.
It was so controversial, in fact, that creator Mitch Hurwitz went so far as to recut the entire thing into more shorter episodes that are meant to evoke the ebullience of the original series. Season 4 was a convoluted mess, marooning each character in their own myopic spirals when so much of the original series’ spark came from them bouncing off each other. (The “remix” is currently available on Netflix as the default season 4 option; the original cut is buried deep under the “trailers and more” tab.)
But for me, seeing the Bluths try something a little new – even when they inevitably and spectacularly fail – is way more fun than their retreads of seasons past. Granted, these new dynamics feel the least in line with the original series than any of the others, so maybe the most diehard "Arrested" fans will balk.
It's just not as much fun to watch George Senior and Lucille bicker knowing how poisonous that dynamic became when Tambor apparently took it out on Walter. And “Arrested”’s shadow is darker than most thanks to allegations of sexual harassment from Tambor’s “Transparent” trans costars and verbal abuse from several, including Walter. Every revival and reboot has the shadow of expectations looming overhead, making the most pressing question whether or not it can live up to the original. Not everything, despite the show's premise, can snap right back into place as if nothing ever happened. So I can’t lie: of course that affected how I saw the show.
TV Review: "Arrested Development" Season 5
May 29 Comedy series (First half of the season is 8 episodes, 7 reviewed): Netflix, Tues.
One of the season's best surprises comes from Gob (Will Arnett), always the most intense tryhard in a family full of them. This time, however, he's spiraling as he grapples with his feelings for Tony Wonder (Ben Stiller), the magician who reminded him he has a heart by breaking it. I already knew how good Arnett is at selling a manic kind of existential dread (see: "BoJack Horseman"), but it's still impressive to see him find some genuine pathos in between "Arrested"'s most bonkers beats.
To ts credit, season 5 seems to know what went wrong before and works hard to correct it. The quota of celebrity guest stars is significantly down, making the ones that do pop up count that much more. Stronger stories – like Michael (Jason Bateman) and George Michael (Michael Cera) accidentally dating the same woman (Isla Fisher) – get more support. Plots that never quite worked on season 4 – like George Senior (Jeffrey Tambor) accidentally taking too much estrogen and Tobias (David Cross) staging a “Fantastic 4” musical – get dropped.
Opting to stick with the still unfolding season 4 stories instead of flashing right by them is a gutsy choice that mostly pays off. Fans will be relieved to know that season 5 makes a point of bringing the Bluth family back together after obvious scheduling issues with the cast for season 4 – the first on Netflix after almost a decade off the air – necessitated that most of their storylines were separated.