04-18-2012 11:50 AM #16
"Arrested Development" creator Mitch Hurwitz says the upcoming fourth season of the show won't necessarily be its last.
"We would love this to be the first of many visits," he said at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas Tuesday. "The show's audience has grown over the last six years because of (viewers streaming it). It's been like putting jokes in a bottle and then having them come back years later to say, 'Ha ha.'"
Episodes of the fourth season, which will begin production this summer, will premiere on the same day in 2013, said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer of Netflix, reports Vulture.com. The fourth season is expected be followed by a movie, and Hurwitz would be open to a fifth or sixth season on Netflix after that, Vulture said.
A rep for Netflix did not immediately respond to TheWrap's request for comment.
Hurwitz, who was joined atthe NAB event by "AD" cast members Will Arnett, David Cross, Jessica Walters, Jeffrey Tambor and Alia Shawkat, also told the audience he is revamping the format he had originally planned for the series comeback.
When Hurwitz and company announced the return of the series last October, he said each new episode would revolve around one character, updating the audience on what that character had been up to, to "build the peril in (the characters') lives until they come together in the first scene of the (planned "AD") movie."
Now, Hurwitz said the new episodes are "evolving into becoming more like the old show again," because he wants to take advantage of the fact that all the episodes will premiere at once, giving fans the chance to watch them -- and pour over the minutiae of them -- as a group of stories.
"There's going to be some mystery sprinkled throughout this (but) instead of watching one a week and try to get ahead of it, the hope is (fans) will watch them all together and then go back and look for clues and connections," Hurwtiz said. "We'd also like to use the technology to provide additional material, where you might be able to access another part of the story."
04-18-2012 04:40 PM #17
“Arrested Development’ mastermind Mitch Hurwitz had at least two interesting pieces of news at NAB’s Netflix event in Las Vegas.
1) Hurwitz has largely abandoned the idea of having each self-contained episode focus on a different character from the old series. "That is now kind of evolving into becoming more like the old show again," Hurwitz told the crowd.
2) All 10 new episodes will hit Netflix on the same day next year. Which means after a 7-year wait, fans will be able to consume the entire fourth season in one orgasmic 3.5-hour gulp.
All 10 episodes in 1 day? Yeah, I can handle that.
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07-28-2012 05:39 PM #21
Jason Bateman on Saturday provided Arrested Development fans -- those dedicated television junkies that believed and protested long enough to bring the show back to the dead and on to Netflix -- a couple brief treats from what looks to be a very work-in-progress set.
"My son, arriving yesterday," he tweeted, attaching a photo of his TV son, Michael Cera. Now grown up, seeing Cera back as George Michael Bluth -- the role that made him famous -- will provide a stark reminder of just how long it's been since the show went off the air in 2006.
Bateman then tweeted another photo of Cera, writing, "A grandson, looking for his Gangee."
Earlier in the week, executive producer and narrator Ron Howard posted a photo of a script, tweeting, "Very very funny :-) Lots of lines for the narrator too!"
Creator Mitch Hurwitz revealed in April that, though they had initially intended the fourth season to work as an anthology, with each character getting its own episode tracing the last seven years, before the big feature film, it has become more of a traditional TV show once again... not that the show was all that traditional in the first place.
The show will start streaming in the first half of 2013.
08-07-2012 06:44 PM #22
The cultish legion of "Arrested Development" fans who've waited six years and counting for their beloved, prematurely canceled sitcom to return will soon be spoiled beyond imagination. Not only will all 10 new episodes be available via Netflix all at once when they're unveiled at a TBD date in 2013, but Deadline reports that all nine principal cast members—which essentially makes them the Wu-Tang Clan of comedy—are close to finalizing their deals.
For those who missed the show in its original three-season run or haven't caught up via the requisite marathon binge session, that means Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Portia de Rossi, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, David Cross, Michael Cera, Tony Hale and Alia Shawkat are all set to resume their portrayals of the dysfunctional Bluth family. Deadline adds that Executive Producer Ron Howard will also pick up where he left off as the show's over-tasked narrator.
No word yet on whether supporting regulars (e.g. Henry Winkler as the Bluths' inept attorney) will be back, or if the cast of "Modern Family" is fretting over their stronghold on the quirky domesti-com genre. Fortunately, I think everyone can agree there's always more room on TV for Gob and the chicken dance:
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02-26-2013 06:32 PM #27
It’s neither trick nor illusion: Ben Stiller will appear on the revived Arrested Development, EW has learned. The film star will reprise his role as Tony Wonder, rival magician to GOB (Will Arnett), in one episode during the new season of the cult comedy, which Netflix will stream in May.Exactly how he fits into the plot is being kept under wraps. But it may not be a bad idea to check the dumbwaiter.
Stiller guest-starred as Wonder in seasons 2 and 3 of Arrested, which originally aired on Fox from 2003 to 2006.
The upcoming season will also include guest spots with Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Conan O’Brien, Isla Fisher, and John Slattery, among others.
02-28-2013 08:35 AM #28
In every discussion surrounding the long-awaited fourth season of “Arrested Development,” there’s been the presumption of longevity; that everything Mitch Hurtwitz is planning will blend into a master timeline of Bluth family chronicles. At least, that was the case until Netflix CEO Reed Hastings declared the upcoming season to be “a one-off” and “non-repeatable,” but luckily, elsewhere in the company it seems the mood is more optimistic.
While essentially confirming Hastings’ quotes as accurate, a Netflix spokesperson has now said (via Hitfix) more episodes on the streaming service still remain a possibility. Apparently, Hastings dire conclusions came from the past struggle of organizing the “Arrested Development” cast for production, a common complaint that has stuck around since the revival’s beginnings.
“I think we all knew it was lightning in the bottle that we pulled it all together," said the spokesperson, who also pointed to Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos as another confident party. “If anyone can pull it together, it's going to be Ted. But by no means is this the end of it. We're definitely planning to do more with them. We have first rights, so it's not like you'd see it anywhere else.”
As reflected, all hope is not yet lost for more seasons and the film (which currently has no deal in place), but the pressure surrounding the show’s Netflix success clearly just went up about ten notches. The solution is simple, though: pull a “House of Cards,” and show up for “Arrested Development” when all 14 episodes are released on Netflix in May.
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04-05-2013 10:40 AM #30
Mark your calenders, May 26th, 15 episodes of Arrested Development.
Ten episodes turned into 14, and now comes word that there will actually be 15 fresh episodes of “Arrested Development” arriving on Netflix May 26.
Netflix announced January 9 that the further adventures of Tobias Funke, Gob Bluth and their family would return in May, but this is the first time we’ve gotten an exact date.
The entire cast returns for season four (even “Identity Thief” star Jason Bateman), which takes place seven years after season three.
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