Star wanted sister on Fox's 'Arrested'

Sept. 7, 2004 at 4:59 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- "Arrested Development" star Jason Bateman considered bringing sister Justine Bateman of "Family Ties" fame to the Fox show to boost ratings.

When creator Mitchell Hurwitz mentioned Bateman's character needed a love interest, Bateman suggested adding Justine, now a successful fashion designer, to the cast of the quirky show, World Entertainment News Network reported Tuesday.

"It's a whole demographic thing, they needed more women and whatever. So I said, 'What about Justine?' Justine is into it. But here's the thing: she wants to get back into acting now and we would make her some sort of religious zealot that makes it taboo to kiss, touch, do anything before you're married so that's the way we'd get around anything unseemly," Bateman said.

Even with a character that would work, Bateman now doubts his sister will join the show.

"Now that it's been leaked, it looks like it's a horrible reach for ratings. But I would love for her to be on the show, maybe in a different way," he said.

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