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'Arrested Development' (Season 4 Remix & Season 5 Out Now)

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UPDATE: October 29, 2012


@TheFilmStage Arrested Development season 4 coming April 2013 and all at once, as per usual with @Netflix.



'Arrested Development' to return on Netflix

Netflix is licensing new episodes of the TV series "Arrested Development" from 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Television.

The sides struck a deal with the streaming service that will launch new episodes of the Emmy-winning comedy in early 2013, the studio confirmed.

The prospect of "Development" returning in both TV and film forms was raised last month when the show's creator, Mitch Hurwitz, announced in an appearance at the New Yorker Festival that he was intent on reuniting the series' original actors, including Jason Bateman and Will Arnett, for another go-round.

"Arrested" had a critically acclaimed run on Fox from 2003-2006, but the network canceled the series given its ratings were always modest at best.

All of the series regulars have expressed interest in returning and are expected back, though no deals have been done. How that will work will be interesting given many of them are maintaing busy careers. "Arrested" player Arnett is currently on the NBC series "Up All Night" and another alum, Portia de Rossi, is attached to a high-profile project in development at the Peacock.

Where this leaves the proposed "Arrested" feature film isn't clear. While one source familiar with the project said it is currently in development at Fox Searchlight, another source at the studio denied it was an active project. Hurwitz's vision of the film was to schedule it after the series run in order to drive interest at the box office, but at the very least it seems that the film and TV aren't attached to each other.

Hurwitz was executive producer of "Arrested" with Imagine principals Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. The producing pair issued a statement: "Bringing a series back from cancellation almost never happens, but then, 'Arrested' always was about as unconventional as they get, so it seems totally appropriate that this show that broke the mold is smashing it to pieces once again."

That Netflix has emerged the winner of a bidding war that reportedly included pay-TV player Showtime will be seen as a real coup for the service, which already gave Hollywood notice in March that it was in the original programming business in a big way when it ordered a 22-episode adaptation of the BBC drama "House of Cards" set to premiere next year. Analysts estimated "Cards," which comes with Kevin Spacey attached to star and David Fincher to executive produce, cost Netflix $100 million to get the rights from Media Rights Capital.

Financial terms of the "Arrested" deal are not known but could be substantial given the caliber of talent involved.

While Netflix's market capitalization was sent reeling in recent months after ill-advised decisions regarding its pricing, the need for original programming is all the greater as content companies have held the line at giving the service TV shows that are in-season.

Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix said of the deal, "'Arrested Development is one of the finest American comedies in TV history and its return through Netflix is a perfect example of how we are working closely with studios and networks to provide consumers with entertainment they love,'" said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer.

The return of "Development" would be a stunner given it is rare that a series comes back after a protracted absence, though 20th and Fox have seen precedent here: Animated series "Family Guy" was canceled in 2001 only to be revived three years later after the series fared well on DVD and in syndication.


Netflix, Showtime looking at new 'Arrested Development' limited series

Arrested Development may get another lease on life on the small screen: EW has confirmed that the producers of Arrested Development - the critically-acclaimed but short-lived comedy from Mitchell Hurwitz - are in talks with Showtime and Netflix about airing a limited number of original episodes that will update fans on the Bluth clan.

Hurwitz told attendees at the New Yorker Festival Sunday in New York that he wanted to shoot nine to 10 episodes that would air next fall and catch audiences up on the characters' lives since the series ended in 2006 on Fox. The episodes would be produced by 20th Century Fox TV, which was responsible for the original single camera series that starred Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, and Portia DeRossi.

Hurwitz' hope is that the limited series would serve as a walk-up to his long-gestating movie. "I have been working on the screenplay for a long time and found that as time went by there was so much more to the story," he said at the festival, which was also attended by Development stars Bateman, De Rossi, and Cera, as well as David Cross, Will Arnett, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Tony Hale, and Alia Shawkat. Ron Howard, one of the comedy's producers, even participated via speakerphone. "In fact, where everyone's been for five years became a big part of the story. So, in working on the screenplay I found that even if I just gave five minutes per character to that backstory, we were halfway through the movie before the characters got together. And that kinda gave birth to this thing we've not been pursuing for a while and we're kinda going public with a little bit. We're trying to do kind of limited run series into the movie."

Hurwitz then unveiled his very unconventional plan. "We're basically hoping to do nine or 10 episodes with almost one character per episode, where like the first episode will just be Buster. We're kinda picturing it like, um, well the latest joke we have is that, you know, it's Cambridge, Massachusetts and there's all these scientists in lab coats and they're waiting for somebody and Buster comes through the door wearing a lab quote and says `let's begin,' and they say, `you don't get to wear the lab coat, we're experimenting on you. [garbled] And then we go through his life and we meet the people in his life and maybe he goes to see his therapist who he's getting a good rate on because it's Tobias and he's lost his license. We can do cross overs and things like that. But it's an unusual style of show I think and we get him to a certain point of peril in his life and then maybe we jump over to like Maeby and she's living with Cornel West … We'll do this kind of thing that builds the peril in their lives until they all come together, really, in the first scene of the movie. It requires, and Ron [Howard] has been working on this too, it just requires studios to work together, they don't normal work together in film and TV. It's a really ambitious project but it's also a very simple project in a way because it kind of gives the fans a level of detail for `granularity,' which is a big word on the East Coast."

"I really have to say, we've talked about this, we're all game, we hated be coy, we've been trying to put together this more ambitious idea and I think we're very close, the script is halfway done and we have to get the film companies on board," Hurwitz continued. "They've always been great to us but you know times are tough and money is tight but I'm very hopeful , there is business left to be done but creatively we have a very specific plan of how it would come out and what we would do and when we would shoot it. Our hope is that, perhaps the series is in the fall."

Granted, this isn't the first time that Showtime has emerged as some kind of savior for Arrested Development. Back in 2006, the pay cabler was considering whether to rescue the canceled show but obviously no deal was reached. But this latest development on Development is a horse of a different color - and one that the actors seem to have embraced. The stars in attendance at today's festival acknowledged that they were keeping their schedules free to make such a series.


Videos and Photos from the 2011 New Yorker Festival: "Arrested Development" Panel

Just finished the series and must i say, It was Wonderful!!!!! Im really hoping we get the movie. Since I'm a big Office fan, people had been telling me for years to watch the show and they just recently added it to the instant netflix queue so i watched it. Now, im not gonna say it was better than the office, but it is still really great, any thoughts?​
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Nat said:
Netflix picks up Arrested Development. New episodes begin airing in 2013.

Best news I heard all day. Netflix stepping its game up
Just finished the show, the other day. Now I understand the greatness everyone was talking about.
AKIL said:
Mitch Hurwitz Talks Arrested Development 2.0

Doubters to the left: The Arrested Development reunion took another step toward reality Tuesday when creator Mitch Hurwitz and several members of the cast appeared onstage together at a Netflix-sponsored event in Las Vegas. Speaking on the floor of the National Association of Broadcasters convention, Netflix chief Ted Sarandos confirmed that all 10 episodes of Arrested's long-awaited fourth season will premiere together on a single day sometime next year. Hurwitz also confirmed that production is set to begin this summer, but he also dropped a new nugget of information about what form the Arrested revival will take.

Originally, Hurwitz's plan had been to make the revival like an anthology, with each episode telling a somewhat self-contained story about a specific character. "That is now kind of evolving into becoming more like the old show again," Hurwitz told a packed house of conventioneers, who politely applauded the introduction of other Netflix offerings (such as David Fincher and Kevin Spacey's House of Cards) but exploded at the mention of Arrested and the arrival of cast members Will Arnett, David Cross, Alia Shawkat, Jeffrey Tambor, and Jessica Walter. The reason for the change: Hurwitz sees a chance to tweak the show's format to take advantage of the fact that the full 10 episode season will debut at once, rather than over two and a half months. "There's something exciting about trying to break the form again," he said.

While Hurwitz didn't elaborate on just how he'll do this, he indicated it might relate to the way the writers deliver red herrings and other surprises to viewers (think back to season one, when Jason Bateman's girlfriend turned out to not be blind). "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," Hurwitz explained. "We'd also like to use the technology to provide additional material, where you might be able to access another part of the story." As for the fact that any big end-of-season twists will likely be floating around the interwebs within a few hours of the show's Netflix debut, Hurwitz doesn't seem too concerned, noting that movies (such as The Cabin in the Woods) have successfully battled a similar situation. Plus, he said, "It's comedy. The twists really aren't as important as the characters."

Hurwitz and the cast made no mention on stage of the rumored Arrested Development movie that's been expected to follow the TV revival. He did, however, say he'd very much be open to a season five or six on Netflix. "We would love this to be the first first of many visits," Hurwitz said. He also confirmed that Showtime, currently run by former Arrested exec producer David Nevins, had been in serious talks to acquire the shown, but that ultimately Netflix offered a more interested business model, as well as a base of already-loyal Arrested viewers. "The show's audience has grown over the last six years because of [viewers streaming it]," Hurwitz said. "It's been like putting jokes in a bottle and then having them come back years later to say, 'Ha ha.'"

A few other random notes from Tuesday's Netflix and Arrested session:

• Bob Loblaw will return. "We will bring him back," Hurwitz told Vulture when we asked a question from the studio audience. (Per Netflix's insistence, Hurwitz wasn't doing one-on-one chats Tuesday). "It's kind of a one-joke thing. But if you guys don't mind bringing it back, we'll give it to you." (For the record, the audience reacted with strong applause to the idea of a Loblaw appearance in season four).

• Hurwitz mildly embarrassed Shawkat by reminding her that Cera was her fist ever kiss. "I've kissed a lot of people since then," Shawkat jokingly shot back.

• Sarandos dropped some data on how well Mad Men does on Netflix, saying 3.5 million subscribers had watched the fourth season of the show since it went up on the service, and that 800,000 viewers watched all three seasons. What's more, this Monday, the most-streamed episode of Mad Men was actually the show's pilot, perhaps indicating some folks have decided to start catching up on the series. "We believe we found an untapped audience of the show," taking partial credit for Mad Men's 20 percent ratings jump at the start of the current season.


:slick: Netflix bout to have a stew going​
Can't wait till next year so we can get this stew goin
The stew is officially goin
Been a while since I finished it. Gonna rewatch in a couple days.
:slick: the stew going
George Michael: Hey dad, this is my girlfriend Ann


:hah: Dead every single time
Hamington said:
Ron Howard is making a documentary about Jay-Z.
Jeff Goldblum said:
It took me a few episodes to get into it, but once I got into it, I *really* got into it.
This. At 1st I didn't understand the hype but I stuck with and it got really good towards the end of season 1 and then the GOAT season 2.

The Netflix Specific Arrested Development Season 4 Will Likely Be a One-Off

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings spoke at Morgan Stanley's Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in San Francisco earlier today and said that he didn't foresee moving past the planned Season 4. Mitch Hurwitz and the cast have been careful to avoid referring to the upcoming release as a fourth season, preferring to call it "act 1" of the long hoped for movie. Having said that, Hurwitz did insinuate that there may be room for a continuation of the serialized version of the show past this May's release. Sadly, it does not appear that that will happen at Netfix.

It's a fantastic one-off," Hastings said. "Think about it as a non-repeatable amazing."

We all want repeatable amazing! What is interesting to note is that, despite calling the David Fincher/Kevin Spacey produced House of Cards an unmitigated success, Hastings chose to underplay the importance of original programming. "It may be the center of the PR for a while and that's OK, but I don't want you guys to think that suddenly we're the original content company," Hastings said. It seems they want to cherry pick their original content selections. In an analogy to cable Hastings said, "We want to be HBO and let others (Hulu, Amazon) be the smaller ones."

Help us Arrested Development movie, it seems you really are our only hope! If it's any consolation, we'll always have May.

UPDATE: Alan Sepinwall over at Hitfix was able to to speak with a Netflix spokesperson who indicated that the outlet may be open to continuing on with further seasons, after all. One hesitation is the challenge the actors varied and demanding schedules presents.

"I think we all knew it was lightning in the bottle that we pulled it all together [for these episode]," the spokesperson said. Adding that Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos hasn't yet abandoned the idea of producing more episodes. "We're hopeful there will be more seasons," the spokesperson said. "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. We're absolutely hopeful there will be more."
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AKIL said:
Netflix Is Sticking With Just One Season of Arrested Development

It's been a greedy kind of joy to even imagine any amount of new Arrested Development beyond Netflix's forthcoming fourteen episodes. But as of today, all hopes can be redirected straight to "four seasons and a movie" territory. "We don't anticipate being able to do seasons five, six, seven. We have less of a stake in it," said Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. "Arrested Development is a wildly successful tactic as opposed to fundamental to the strategy." He also referred to the new batch of episodes as a "fantastic one-off" that came together through "non-repeatable" circumstances. A Netflix spokesperson added it would be "extremely difficult to get the cast together." Series creator Mitch Hurwitz told Vulture in September, "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." While at least one more new season (act two?) had seemed like a possibility, maybe the movie has been the next step all along and this is just confirmation. Still, if you don't understand and won't respond to this news, we get it.

:slick: that stew
The stew is rising
Gonna have the house to myself all day tomorrow. :slick: so glad to be back with the Bluth family.
DON'T PULL OUT!!!!!!!!!
Dead at maybe as the

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