Posted on Friday, March 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s been a long, strange ride for Arrested Development fans. The show suffered from painfully low ratings the whole time it was actually airing on Fox, but since its cancellation in 2006 has become popular enough to inspire Netflix to bring the series back from the dead. Now we’re just a couple of months away from the fourth season, which is pretty crazy if you think about it.
Documenting that journey have been Neil Lieberman and Jeff Smith, two self-described superfans keen on raising “awareness of this brilliant, witty and original comedy that is like nothing else.” To that end, the pair spent five years criss-crossing the country to talk to the cast, crew, and fans of the series.
The film is now finished, but needs a bit more funding before it can get distribution. (So much for there always being money in the banana stand.) Hit the jump to hear Lieberman and Smith’s Kickstarter plea.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 by Angie Han
HBO’s other big spring premiere, Veep, debuts a new teaser today. Also after the jump:
- Gillian Anderson, Ken Jeong, Jorge Garcia, and more land new series
- Lindsay Lohan will woo Charlie Sheen on Anger Management
- Kathy Bates will face down Jessica Lange in American Horror Story
- Ben Stiller returns to Arrested Development; Netflix hopes for more seasons
- TBS hopes to be king of the nerds by renewing King of the Nerds
- Web comic Achewood is being turned into a TV series
- NBC releases a series of character posters for Hannibal
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Posted on Monday, February 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
Arrested Development fans, get ready to taste the sad all over again. In fall 2011, Netflix made a million comedy fans’ dreams come true when they announced plans to revive the beloved comedy for a fourth season to begin streaming in 2013. Those new episodes haven’t hit yet, but when they do you’ll want to enjoy them because they’ll likely be the last.
At a conference today, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has revealed that Arrested Development won’t return to the service for another season after this one. Hit the jump for more details.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 by Angie Han
The pilot casting blitz isn’t over yet. Also after the jump:
- Kristen Wiig‘s Arrested Development role revealed
- Yeah, NBC is probably going to cancel Up All Night
- HBO decides not to go with James Gandolfini‘s pilot
- HBO’s cancelled drama Luck finds new life as a blog
- Survey says House of Cards is a success for Netflix
- Nerdist’s Celebrity Bowling could head to AMC
- Judd Apatow‘s Simpsons script is getting a rewrite
- Watch the full-length trailer for A&E’s Bates Motel
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Posted on Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 by Angie Han
Arrested Development Season 4 will be available solely through Netflix when it debuts this May, but that doesn’t mean it’s stuck on the streaming service forever. Fox, not Netflix, owns the rights to the series, and Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos confirmed at AllThingsD’s Dive Into Media conference this week that the comedy could hit DVD or iTunes once Netflix’s license runs out.
Still, serious Arrested addicts should probably just bite the bullet and shell out for a Netflix subscription. While Sarandos wouldn’t reveal just how long Netflix’s exclusive deal was, he confirmed that it was “longer than the typical license.” It’ll probably still be some time, then, before we can watch the Bluths’ exploits without a WiFi connection. [Mashable]
After the jump, HBO Go enables AirPlay and casts an eye toward Apple TV, but still has no plans to split off as a standalone service.
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Location is essential to the medium of television. Unlike movies, which can use a location and move along, TV recycles the same places over and over to conserve time and money. The result is that places on television become characters themselves.
That was the idea behind Austin-based artist Tim Doyle‘s first solo art show, UnReal Estate, in early 2012. Now the sequel is upon us. UnReal Estate II opens Thursday February 7 at Spoke Art in San Francisco, CA. Just like last year, Doyle has immortalized some of your favorite locations from our favorite TV shows. A few examples include the ship Serenity from Firefly, the TARDIS in Doctor Who, the model home on Arrested Development, and Downton Abbey from, well, you know where.
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At the end of last week I got into a twitter debate with producer Dana Brunetti (The Social Network, 21, Fifty Shades of Grey). Dana, executive producer on the new David Fincher-produced/directed tv series House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey, began tweeting about how he didn’t understand how some people didn’t get Netflix’s decision to release the entire season onto their streaming service all at once.
I understand it, and I get why Netflix thinks this is the way things should be. Netflix has ton of television programing available, and their users binge watch seasons in the matter of days. They have the stats to prove this. Why change whats been working for them? Why not challenge the status quo of releasing an episode a week with an original series?
I’m all about challenging the way things are done… but does it make sense?
So I responded to Dana and our back and fourth debate has now been chronicled by Mentorless and other sites. I thought it might be worth exploring further in a format that allowed me more than 140 characters.
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Digital media may have a few down sides, but one great bonus is the potential for interconnectivity. Netflix has spent the past few years re-branding itself as a digital media portal with access to an extensive catalogue of movies and television. But this year it branches out into original content with the David Fincher/Kevin Spacey show House of Cards, and the long-awaited return of Arrested Development.
The company has already had fun creating fake movie pages for invented films that were referenced in the first three seasons of Arrested Development, originally broadcast on Fox. Now there’s a fun little bit of coding that ties the show into more general Netflix searches. Read More »