Looks like Netflix made a huge mistake when they originally ordered just 10 episodes of the fourth season of Arrested Development because it turns out there’s still money in that banana stand.
It seems that Mitchell Hurwitz and Co. are delivering an additional episode to bring the total number up to 15, it was announced sometime ago that the initial 10 was bumped to 14. In addition, we now have a release date for the new season. Mark your calendars because Arrested Development premieres on May 26. You may want to book now and take the day off from work. Or school. Or church. Whatever.
Arrested Development reunites Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Portia de Rossi, Michael Cera, David Cross, Jessica Walter, Tony Hale, Jeffrey Tambor and Alia Shawkat in a more anthology type storytelling where each episode focuses on one of the main characters with the others coming and going. Bateman is the only one who will appear in all
14 15 episodes. The new episodes will also feature special guest stars Ben Stiller, Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Conan O’Brien, Isla Fisher, and John Slattery.
Finally, Netlix has released new poster for Arrested season 4. Not sure what that cargo container imagery means, maybe we’re just taking the Bluths out of storage after seven years? I guess we’ll find out in less than two months.
I hope you don’t have any important projects you’re working on or deadlines looming near, because your ability to be productive is doomed. Cartoon Network and Netflix have partnered to bring you hours of their best programming to Netflix’s Instant Streaming. There’s the classic Cartoon Cartoons - Dexter’s Laboratory, Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack, Johnny Bravo – to their newer ‘toons – Adventure Times, Regular Shows, Chowder, Fosters’s Home for Imaginary Friends – and even the late night [adult swim] shows - Robot Chicken, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Boondocks, Venture Bros. And that’s only a sampling of what’s now available to stream instantly!
The only drawback is it appears only the first season of all of these shows have been added, but with so many different shows – there’s even a few of WB’s superhero cartoons like Justice League and Batman Beyond, sadly no Batman: The Animated Series – there’ll be plenty for you to binge on. So, what’re you doing for the rest of the day?
Arrested Development fans probably read that headline and blue themselves thinking that Netflix has just made a huge mistake, but it seems that, for the record, the online streaming content site will only get one new season out of the resurrected former Fox comedy series despite the ratings or popularity when the new season bows in May.
According to Wall Street Journal, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is calling the upcoming fourth season of Arrested Development a “one-off” that came about under “non-repeatable” circumstances. Those “circumstances” is undoubtedly the tricky scheduling of all the various, busy cast members of the show, which is one of the reasons that only a couple of episodes of the new season will feature the cast in its entirety (only Jason Bateman will be in every episode).
Originally, Arrested creator Mitch Hurwitz suggested that there might more more than one season, but he also once suggested that the Netflix season would lead into that long awaited Arrested Development movie, but I’m guess he’s been focused on season 4 lately, which prevents Hurwitz from hyping up a movie that
will probably may never happen.
Still, it’s a ballsy movie to say there will only be one season. What do you Bastards think? Want your season 5, or would that be too much of a good thing?
Hello, my name is Sarah and I’m a television binger (that’s with a hard ‘g’). It’s nothing new, all my life I’ve binged on media whether it be books or video games, but with the steady increase of available television shows, often seasons at a time, television binge watching is an ever-growing epidemic. Some of you may be unfamiliar with television binge watching, others may be sufferers yourselves, but together, we can all help in raising awareness.
On Friday, Netflix premiered its new original series, House of Cards, and in what is beginning to become the trend they dropped all 13 episodes at once. That means as I’m typing this it isn’t out of the question for somebody to have by now watched the entire season. Consider what this means for a moment. Those Monday morning “water cooler chats” will have to be segregated by those who’ve only seen a handful of episodes and those who’ve binged on the entire season. The risk of spoilers has significantly increased. And a story that would normally take weeks, possibly months to enjoy has been compressed into a weekend marathon session.
We are at a point of television evolution.
Excitement’s in the air. After years of wishing, hoping and praying, Arrested Development is coming back to TV – well, the internet – well Netflix – this spring. When, exactly, is still a known unknown, but Arrested creator Mitchell Hurwitz recently talked to USA Today about what is in store for the series and the Bluth family.
What’s the overall arc for season four?
“The bigger story is the family has fallen apart at the start of our show,” Hurwitz says. “They all went their own way, without Michael holding them together, so they’re left to their own devices, and they’re not the most successful devices.” The season is designed as a “first act to what we eventually want to do, which is a big movie,” though there’s no guarantee it will ever get made.
As for each episode, how will they be set-up?
“Each individual (episode) kind of depicts what happens in 2006 as the Bluths fled from the law on the Queen Mary” in what was once the series’ finale, then explains what’s happened to them since and leaves them in the present day, he says.
And as if you don’t need another reason to tune into the show, what kind of fix has Hurwitz and Co. put into the season to get you to watch it again, and again?
“The show will look very different,” Hurwitz says, and is being assembled as a “very, very complex puzzle” from scenes shot out of sequence over many months. The true flavor “slowly reveals itself, as the moment you saw in one show will reappear in another show from a different character’s perspective,” he says. “If people watch it all at once, it will seem like a giant Arrested Development. It’s really tailored for Netflix.”
Sounds like good watching. We’ll keep you posted with more news and a release date when we get it.
The news for Arrested Development fans just keeps getting better. Netflix first announced that the series episode count had been raised from ten to twelve. Now they’re saying that the episode count will increase from twelve to something in the twelve to fifteen range.
According to Deadline, creator and show runner Mitch Hurwitz has new ideas and plenty of good material already shot to combine with the upcoming January shooting schedule. None of the additional material will effect the planned premiere date in the spring of 2013.
I guess there’s always new episodes in the Banana Stand.
The ENTIRE set of episodes for the new season will be put on Netflix in one big dump. There’s gonna be a lot of Arrested Development fans calling in sick or falling asleep at work the next day.
The show stars (In Alphabetical order) Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, David Cross, Portia de Rossi, Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat, Jeffrey Tambor, and Jessica Walter. Ron Howard narrates as well as serving as an executive producer on the show.
I know someday a week will go by where we don’t report on anything from the House of Mouse, but not today. Yesterday came the monumental announcement (Sure, not Disney/Lucasfilm monumental, but what is?) that Netflix had reached a deal with Disney to become the exclusive streaming home for all their films. If you were still on the fence about becoming a Netflix subscriber I believe the eventual access to the entire Disney, Pixar, Marvel and now Lucasfilm library might be a deciding factor.
Of course, this doesn’t mean the whole Disney vault has been made available today, it’ll happen in stages. Beginning in 2013 all of Disney’s direct-to-video offerings will become available, then in 2016 the newer theatrical releases will come to Netflix. Yup, including Star Wars Episode VII!
The deal is made a little sweeter by the addition that some titles are available to stream now, like Dumbo, Alice in Wonderland, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Muppet Movie, and more. All right, most of what’s there is a lot of their live action junk, like High School Musical 1-50, but it’s a promising start.
Below the cut you can read the official press release, but what are you thinking about this new partnership?
The rumor of an Arrested Development movie has been one of the biggest cock teases in modern film development. When Netflix announced that is was resurrecting the series itself for a 10-episode run next year, the rumors then suggested that a movie would follow after the season four was over, but it never moved forward beyond being a rumor…
Series creator Mitchell Hurwitz, was interviewed by Vulture about what fans can expect from the new season, and how it relates to his AD movie plans.
“The episodes are an outgrowth of the design of what we hope will be the movie. They precede it. They function as an act one of a movie that we all want to do, but haven’t ‘sold’ yet. The episodes take the audience through the experiences of the characters since the family ‘fell apart’ and how they’re brought together to deal with their new problems. I would give you a hint as to what those problems are, but, really, why rob the fans of being disappointed when they see it on Netflix.”
As for maybe more than 10 episodes coming out of season four, Hurwitz admits that they’re shooting the above average amount of material. Whether it’s one of scenes released as promo, or edited together to become additional episodes, he’s not saying (or not sure yet):
“Our initial order is for ten, but the beauty of Netflix is that we theoretically have an opportunity to provide more material for them. [...] We’re definitely shooting some special material just for them. But their whole outlook completely mirrors the ambitions of this show. [Netflix chief content officer] Ted Sarandos and I have really spent a lot of time finding the ideal way to tailor the show to their platform and I think we have something that embraces the new medium.”
The new season of Arrested Development will debut sometime next year on Netflix.
Source: Screen Rant
By the sounds of things, Netflix is in talks to resurrect another long dead cult favorite TV show. TV Guide Magazine has confirmed that the internet based streaming service is in early talks with CBS to bring back the post nuclear apocalypse TV drama Jericho.
Apparently in the four years since the show go the axe it has remained very popular with Netflix users. Hell I’ll admit it, I didn’t watch it till it was offered on there, I have a long standing ‘no Skeet Ulrich‘ rule.
With a rabid fan base that had a successful mail-in-peanuts campaign that earned the show a second (and final) season, a couple of failed attempts to return to TV in some form or another, stalled out movie talks and, a comic book season 3, Netflix thinks there is still enough interest in the happenings of a small Kansas town in the wake of a nuclear attack to bring it back created by Jon Turteltaub.
Jericho would add to a growing list of original programming for Netflix, Lilyhammer, the upcoming House of Cards and of course, Arrested Development (among many other rumored resurrections) and if this happens it could start as soon as 2013. Granted you’d have to round up the (at least some) of the original cast, hire some writers, get Skeet to book of time from Arby’s…
There was hope for Terra Nova fans, all three of them (zing!), that Netflix was going to pick up the series for season two. But today The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that talks with Netflix have ended, and the online video streaming service won’t be picking up the show, once again leaving it limbo.
Netflix established a trend of picking up fan favorite shows cast off by Fox when they acquired Arrested Development late last year. When Fox announced that it wasn’t renewing the dinosaur/time travel/family drama last month, negotiations with Netflix began. Presumably they were trying to navigate the minefield that is Terra Nova’s huge budget to no success.
Regardless of the setback, apparently the showrunners – including Brannon Braga, the genius behind Start Trek: Voyager, Enterprise and Threshold - are still trying to find a new venue for the show. In the meantime, several cast members, including Christine Adams, Allison Miller and Jason O’Mara, have signed up for fall pilots, which will take second position to Terra Nova if, hope against hope (for some), it gets picked up somewhere.
But I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were you.
Source: Cinema Blend