For fans who didn’t love Netflix’s non-sequential fourth season of Arrested Development, Ron Howard has some good news for you. The producer/narrator of the beloved sitcom took to Twitter and posted an image of a recording booth with the message “Back recording new narration for #ArrestedDevelopment re-cut season 4 episodes. Hilarious new stuff :-)” The fourth season reboot of Arrested Development garnered mixed reviews from fans and critics for its experimental format that told individual character stories, all during the same period of time. The re-cut is essentially them admitting that in attempting to upend the show’s original style, they made a huge mistake. There’s no word yet on when Netflix will start streaming Season 4 2.0 ... Discuss
We may not have seen the last of the Bluth family. Netflix COO Ted Sarandos told reporters at a Television Critics Association press event yesterday that the team from the streaming network is all working on putting together season five of Arrested Development. Despite the mixed reviews of the highly anticipated fourth season produced by Netflix, everyone seems to be onboard to revisit the dysfunctional family, as long as schedules can be arranged:
As you can imagine, it's an incredibly complicated show, considering how busy the entire cast is and trying to line up schedules. Everyone is trying to make it happen. And we're trying to make it happen in a time schedule that works for everybody .. We're very optimistic about how it all comes together.
After all, there’s always money in the banana stand ... Discuss
The polarizing fourth season of Arrested Development will soon be releasing on DVD (evidently, for people who do not use Netflix), and creator Mitch Hurwitz has announced that one lucky fan will be designing the box set. He released a statement saying, “Share the art you’ve made over the years or create new pieces just for Season 4 and I’ll help select one for the new DVD cover. And you’ll probably get paid something … So before I make more promises I have no intention of keeping, start sending that stuff in!” It’s unclear if he’s joking about the getting paid part, but he does appear to be serious about using fan art for the DVD cover. You can head over to ArrestedFanArt.com to see the latest submissions and post your own. It's sort of a telling sign that most of the references so far being used by fan artists are jokes from season 1-3 ... Discuss
It appears Netflix believes there’s still money left in the banana stand. Last night, Will Arnett visited the Tonight Show, and Jimmy Fallon asked Gob Bluth the question everyone wants to know the answer to: Have we seen the last of the Bluth family? Arnett confirmed that even though there’s no timeline in place for the return, Netflix is bringing back Arrested Development for a fifth season. Let’s just hope the teamed learned from some of the mistakes of the poorly received fourth season (non-linear episodes, breaking up the cast, overly long scenes) and returns to the formula that made the show great in the first place. Otherwise, this could be a huge mistake ... Discuss
If you’re among the moviegoers that has helped make Frozen one of the highest grossing films of all time, than you may have noticed a few call backs to a less profitable—but no less loved—franchise. Along with what appears to be a Bluth chicken dance reference, there’s also a line-for-line joke from the scene where Michael and Lindsey claim that, “It’s like we finish each other’s … sandwiches.” Speaking with EW, Frozen composer Robert Lopez said, “I think [my wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez and I] had seen [that] episode once, and we did the joke, and realized that we had kind of made an homage. And then we tried to rewrite it, but we kept it because we couldn’t come up with anything better. Because Arrested Development is amazing.” This totally makes up for their part in flooding the Internet with “Let It Go” parody videos ... Discuss
Michael Cera may soon be returning to primetime. The actor (and now director) best known for his work in films including Juno and Scott Pilgrim and, of course, as George Michael Bluth on Arrested Development, will co-star alongside John Hawkes (Winter’sBone) in a new half-hour comedy from creator Charlie Kaufman. According to The Hollywood Reporter, How& Why “tells the story of a man who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works but is otherwise clueless about life.” If Kaufman’s other work is any indication, it should be pretty heady: He’s the screenwriter behind mind-bending comedies like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adaptation, Being John Malkovich and Synecdoche, New York. The pilot, which is being produced for cable network FX, will be shot sometime this spring ... Discuss