The highly anticipated fourth season of Arrested Development hasn’t even been in the world for two weeks and already fans have made it their own. We’re quoting it, meming it, creating merchandise based on it and now… completely altering it.
Creator Mitchell Hurwitz created a complex, labyrinthine story for the fourth season. It is told largely out of order to keep the audience guessing, and because he could rarely get his full cast together at the same time. Personally, I applauded the slow burn season as something truly special, but others found the new structure off-putting.
And so the Internet edited the fourth season of Arrested Development in chronological order. This is sure to be controversial, much like The Godfather Saga and later The Godfather Trilogy: 1901–1980, in which Francis Ford Coppola’s films were cut into one chronological run, or the Memento DVD edit, which reversed the film to remove all the surprises. And those were official, while this is not.
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The fourth season of Arrested Development was never meant to be the end. From its earliest conception, creator Mitchell Hurwitz said the fourth season was just a long recap and preamble to a movie. Now that the fourth season is out there, it’s no spoiler to say there are more than enough stories to populate not only a movie, but maybe even additional seasons.
Exactly what the future of Arrested Development will be after its fourth season debut is still unclear, but one of its major champions is on board to continue. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said though the company is currently contracted for only one season, he’d love to buy another season of the show if the talent is willing to come back. Read More »
Arrested Development has never done things by the book. From its very first episode on November 2, 2003, creator Mitchell Hurwitz and his cast made it clear they wanted to push the boundaries of comedy. Jokes were layered, complex and topical. Each character was daring in their own unique way. Every time you rewatched an episode, something new was revealed. The show was so smart, unconventional and groundbreaking that it was almost totally ignored, and Fox cancelled it after three seasons. Like most great art, it was under-appreciated in its time.
Seven years have passed since the third season of Arrested Development finished on February 10, 2006. Since then, the fanbase has grown by leaps and bounds. People continue to discover the show through word of mouth, home media, and through the increasing fame of its stars. On May 26, 2013, the unusually long hiatus ended when the cast and crew unveiled a highly anticipated fourth season on Netflix. Fifteen episodes were released all at once, totaling almost eight hours of brand-new content to continue the story of the family who lost everything and the one son who had no choice to keep them all together.
Keeping with the tone of the series, nothing about this fourth season is traditional. There’s a new structure, a new delivery system and a new spin on comedy. The jokes are sharp as always, but as the season unfolds the idea of consistent laughs becomes less important. The true pleasure in this latest season of Arrested Development is letting the labyrinthian narrative unspool in surprising ways. In comedy, it’s rare to be this hypnotized by a story. Read More »
Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2013 by Angie Han
Get ready for Arrested Development‘s triumphant return this weekend with these four more clips from the new season. Also after the jump:
- David Fury will return for 24: Live Another Day
- David Slade will direct Ronald Moore’s Helix
- DirecTV’s Full Circle adds Buffy and FNL alums
- CCH Pounder joins Sons of Anarchy
- FX’s The Bridge sets a premiere date
- See new pics from The Killing Season 3
- CBS picks up Bad Teacher for midseason
- Check out trailers for their other new shows
- Netflix “would love” more Arrested Development
- See four more clips from Season 4
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Posted on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 by Angie Han
So far we’ve had plenty of reasons to look forward to seeing the Bluths get back together for Season 4 of Arrested Development. But now it turns out that the long-awaited reunion wasn’t actually much of a reunion at all.
Due to scheduling issues, Mitch Hurwitz admits, some scenes featuring multiple characters were actually shot at totally different times, with the actors’ performances edited together in post-production. The entire cast was only on set together for a total of two days. We won’t know until the new episodes hit this weekend how that method actually worked out for them, but it’s a little worrisome to say the least. Hit the jump to read Hurwitz’ comments.
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Posted on Friday, May 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
Zombieland dies a second death as Amazon decides to pass on the series. Also after the jump:
- SNL loses Bill Hader, retains Seth Meyers
- Downton Abbey gets parodied by Diddy and The Simpsons; sets a U.S. premiere date
- HIMYM‘s entire ninth season will take place over one weekend
- Is NBC’s Hannibal headed to cable television?
- USA is still flirting with Happy Endings
- HBO picks up Mike Judge‘s new show and a “gay Girls“
- Netflix encourages you to “insert Tobias anywhere”
- CBS has another new trailer for Under the Dome
- The CW shows off its new 2013-2014 series
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All that’s missing is the voice of Ron Howard’s narrator, but otherwise everything you want from Arrested Development is here in the first trailer for the show’s fourth season. The primary cast (Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Alia Shawkat, Tony Hale, David Cross, Jeffrey Tambor, and Jessica Walter) all make appearances, and there are some great jokes.
Actually, while the trailer stars slow, it builds a good head of steam fast, and there are a lot of great jokes. As soon as Buster hits the screen, it’s all systems go. Can it be May 26 now? (And also, seriously, where’s Ron Howard?) Read More »
Posted on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 by Angie Han
We have a particularly murderer-heavy edition of TV Bits today, with news about Dexter, Hannibal, and The Killing. After the jump:
- Dallas, Veep, Rectify, and Orphan Black get renewed
- Vampire Diaries spinoff gets green light
- Julian Sands joins Dexter in mystery role
- Downton Abbey gets its first black character
- John Oliver will host The Daily Show this summer
- Bryan Fuller has Pushing Daisies movie ideas
- NBC affiliate axes Hannibal
- The Killing‘s new mystery will be solved within the season
- FX and Seth Rogen develop Bigfoot comedy
- Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, and Peter Berg team for HBO
- Alex Gibney will direct Frank Sinatra documentary
- The Arrested Development doc hits tomorrow; see more Season 4 stills
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Posted on Friday, April 26th, 2013 by Angie Han
Netflix reveals posters, stills, and a clip from the new season of Arrested Development. Also after the jump:
- What was the unaired original Game of Thrones pilot like?
- Yahoo gets exclusive access to the 38-season SNL archive
- Corey Stoll lands Guillermo del Toro‘s FX drama The Strain
- AMC forays into the science-fiction genre with Line of Sight
- Hannibal‘s unaired episode has been turned into a web series
- See a new poster and pic from the newly revived The Killing
- Watch a trailer for The Rock‘s new reality competition show
- Peek behind the scenes of Christopher Guest‘s Family Tree
- Dexter conducts his final symphony in an artsy new trailer
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Posted on Friday, April 12th, 2013 by Angie Han
Netflix’s awesomely playful campaign for Season 4 of Arrested Development continues with a banana-flavored Easter egg. Also after the jump:
- The CW moves Cult from Fridays to never
- Starz sets a premiere date for Magic City
- Being Human gets renewed by Syfy
- Jamie Foxx will direct horror for Syfy
- … and see what else the network has planned
- Adrien Brody is History’s Harry Houdini
- Ryan Murphy‘s new drama heads to HBO
- Jason Bateman says “Manage your expectations”
- See The Simpsons‘ homage to Breaking Bad
- … and Family Guy‘s nod to King of the Hill
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