John Beard was the news anchor at Fox's Los Angeles station, KTTV, in 2003 when "Arrested Development" producers tried to recruit him to appear on the sitcom. At first Beard passed, but then, he says, "They explained they wanted me to play myself and that the writers appreciated my sense of humor. I thought it was one of the funniest things I had ever read. I couldn't turn it down."
John Beard, The Unsung Star Of 'Arrested Development'