Having earned her place in television history for portraying the title character of the now defunct WB Network’s Felicity from 1998 to 2002, New York resident Keri Russell has managed to enjoy a somewhat normal celebrity existence away from the glaring spotlight despite taking on selective gigs throughout the years in films and television. She received critical acclaim for her work in 2007’s Waitress and then proceeded to deliver solid big screen performances in August Rush, Bedtime Stories and Extraordinary Measures, but perhaps it was her comedic two-episode turn as Melody on the impossibly enduring television series Scrubs that planted a seed in Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz and writer-producer Jim Vallely’s mind. Hey, the girl can make ‘em laugh!
Russell’s chuckle-worthy side will undoubtedly be captured in its best possible light if her current negotiations with the brilliant masterminds behind the dearly departed cult fave Arrested Development actually pan out. Their new Fox series is already co-penned and starring Will Arnett, who made a splash for his ridiculously side-splitting performance as George Oscar “Gob” Bluth, Jr, the aimless elder brother to straight man Jason Bateman’s Michael Bluth in the woefully underappreciated Arrested Development. Russell has apparently been hotly pursued by many networks to get back to her television roots, but this is the first time that it seems as though the stars (metaphorically and literally) are all aligned.
Entitled “Wilde Kingdom“, the premise revolves around Arnett’s Steve Wilde, a comfortably affluent playboy, who ultimately falls hard for a humanitarian and environmentalist who is completely revolted by his values and general lifestyle. After becoming a first time mother to River Deary in 2007, the press began to pick up on the fact that Russell is more of an earthy girl herself considering how many times she’s been photographed carrying her baby in fabric Moby Wraps or making organic selections at her local farmer’s market, so her potential new role shouldn’t be too much of a stretch for her. Of course, she famously apologized for the fact that she was “ruining the Earth” with her baby’s conventional diapers, saying that despite wanting to embrace cloth, she just couldn’t “cut it.” Hey, we can’t all be eco-saints. Perhaps her new role will lay the groundwork for an even deeper appreciation of the good green life. Little steps, little steps.