- TV Show
- run date
- Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, David Cross, Tony Hale, Jessica Walter, Jeffrey Tambor
- guest performer
- Liza Minnelli, Charlize Theron
- Fox, Netflix
It’s true, what David Koechner says about Jason Bateman in the opening moments of their yummy commercial for Denny’s restaurants: “When I see you, I see a warmth and an intelligence that makes me want more.” The four-minute clip bottles the Bateman that so charmed audiences on Arrested Development, put-upon and slightly condescending, yet inordinately patient. It’s the first of several “Always Open” ads for the diner-restaurant that Bateman and Will Arnett’s company are planning (they also produced ads last year for Orbit Gum), and Koechner (Anchorman, The Office) is the perfect foil for Bateman’s cutting wit and proper bearing. By the end, Koechner literally has Bateman eating out of his hand. Check it out:
I haven’t been to Denny’s in ages, but I plan to go soon just to unleash a primal scream.