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Fall TV preview: Running Wilde

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Think of it as Crossfire: The Romantic Comedy. Arrested Development‘s Will Arnett stars as oil company heir Steven Wilde, who’s reunited with his childhood crush, environmental activist Emmy (Keri Russell), when sitcom-like circumstances force her to move into his East Coast mansion with her young daughter, Puddle (Stefania Owen). ”We wanted to paint both sides of the political argument into a corner and play with the ironies that emerge when you look closely at those issues,” co-creator Mitch Hurwitz (also from Arrested) says of the show’s particularly topical brand of will-they-or-won’t-they. ”We liked the idea of creating a partisan vibe between two people. Or we just wanted to rip off Cheers.” As a bonus for still-grieving Arrested Development fans, David Cross will appear in a recurring role as Emmy’s ecoterrorist fiancé; for still-grieving The Comeback fans, Robert Michael Morris (that’s Valerie Cherish’s hairdresser Mickey to you) will play Steven’s personal secretary. And for Felicity fans, of course, there’s Russell — in her first leading comedy role. ”Keri really elevates this thing in a notable way,” Hurwitz says. ”She’s so universally liked that to have her character be a little crazy is fun.” SEPT. 21

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