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'Arrested Development' in talks for Netflix renewal




Arrested Development executive producer Brian Grazer said, when apparently asked today about doing a fifth season of AD for Netflix: “We are in conversations with them to do another. They are interested in doing that.” More proper nouns and fewer pronouns would have been helpful in that sentence. But Bloomberg Television says that’s what the Imagine Entertainment co-chairman meant during an interview at the Allen & Co. conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, today.

We’ve been down this road of endless hints and public speculation before, of course. But this is firmly a more reliable source than, oh, a Jeffrey Tambor tweet, or something. Netflix has previously stated they’d be interested in potentially doing more and, in response to an inquiry about Grazer’s comment, reiterated that sentiment.

'Arrested Development': Mitchell Hurwitz on the movie -- and the Romney joke you never saw

Now that America has had time to absorb the new season of Arrested Development (and catch up on some sleep), series creator/executive producer Mitchell Hurwitz (him?) spoke to reporters on a conference call today about the 15 episodes released on Netflix, the future of the franchise, and more. The highlights:

• Hurwitz said that a variety of mediums could have been — and can be used — for continuing the saga of the Bluths: “Give us the canvas and let’s see what we come up with. If it were a movie canvas, we would absolutely tailor to that, but the life of the family does seem to play out episodically, so I think there’s an argument for both things. Really, whoever wants it. Maybe we could do it as a series of articles. Remember when Woody Allen got turned into a comic strip? I think we should go to the comic strip format.”

Netflix wants more 'Arrested Development'

The Bluth family may be back for another ride in the stair car.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings told CNBC this morning that the company would be interested in commissioning more episodes of Arrested Development if the talent was willing. Hastings stressed that commissioning more Arrested really came down to cast availability — a problem that held up the fourth season of the cult favorite as well. If the cast is able to get together again, it’ll be interesting to see what form the next chapter of Arrested takes, as the fourth season of the show seemed to set up a long-rumored movie (as opposed to more episodic television).

Hastings declined to release the exact numbers of how many people have streamed the show since its debut Sunday, simply saying, “It’s been huge, just as we had hoped.” He elaborated that they aren’t yet releasing numbers because “Netflix is about being able to watch when you want … So we’re really not focused on the day-one ratings, it’s really over the first year.”

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Netflix stock dips after 'Arrested Development' receives mixed reviews

The hoopla surrounding the return of Arrested Development on Netflix’s Internet video service has quickly dissolved into a letdown on Wall Street.

Netflix’s stock fell by more than 6 percent Tuesday as investors reacted to critics’ mixed reviews over the weekend of the first new Arrested Development episodes since Fox canceled the TV series seven years ago. The shares shed $14.55 to close at $214.19, marking the biggest one-day drop in the stock in nearly six months.

IDC analyst Greg Ireland characterized Tuesday’s sell-off as an overreaction, given that it’s far too early to know whether Netflix’s latest high-profile foray into original programming will turn out to be a hit or a flop for the company. That determination probably won’t be made until late July, when Netflix Inc. typically announces the number of subscribers it added during the April-June period. READ FULL STORY

'Arrested Development': Adam DeVine explains his 'Workaholics'-themed cameo

Spoiler alert! Don’t keep reading unless you’ve seen the fourth season premiere of Arrested Development. READ FULL STORY

'Arrested Development' creator Mitch Hurwitz leaves fans and 'haters' a handwritten note on Facebook

Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz is well aware that the series would never have come back for a fourth season without the grassroots support of fans. So as those fans start diving into the 15 new episodes now available for streaming on Netflix, Hurwitz has posted a handwritten note to Facebook addressed to “our friends, fans, supporters, detractors, haters, enemies, and arch enemies,” thanking the true-blue (or true-Bluth) AD faithful for giving him “another chance to bring these characters to life.” “[We] could not have dones [sic] so without your consistent effort to ‘spread the word’ about it,” Hurwitz writes. “Although obviously in the case of the enemies, the words you spread were ‘don’t watch this show!’ You know I probably shouldn’t have even included them in the salutation — but I’m writing this in ink + making all sorts of mistakes. Did you notice the ‘s’ at the end of the word ‘done’?”

Hurwitz leaves binge-watchers with one final tip for tackling season 4: “It’s really meant to be watched in order. And you really should watch them all — because they build and, I’m just saying ‘eventually.’ If you can. All 15. But really this is yours now. Except for the obvious copyright issues. And you need to subscribe to Netflix. So it’s not completely yours, I guess.”

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'Arrested Development': Ron Howard on his guest spot, playing the narrator and... Bluth holiday specials?

Ron Howard isn’t just the folksy narrator who ties it all together on Arrested Development — he’s one of the show’s executive producers and biggest champions who helped bring the 2003-2006 cult comedy back to life. (Netflix will unleash fifteen new episodes at 3:01 am ET/midnight PT.) “Having been around enough shows, I just recognized that there was something so entirely unique about this combination of a brilliant cast and a creator/showrunner [Mitchell Hurwitz] who was at his very best writing for those characters,” says the Imagine Entertainment co-founder and former Happy Days star, who has directed such films as Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind. “I just lamented its passing in a big way. So I was always interested in trying to fan the flame.” Here, Howard warms up on a variety of Arrested topics. READ FULL STORY

'Arrested Development': Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Tony Hale on the Bluth brothers and new episodes

A megalomaniacal magician who makes a lot of huge mistakes. A hook-handed, shoulder-rubbing stay-at-home son who suffers from panic attacks. A well-intended, sensible yet slightly superior martyr/father who’s trying to keep his freaky family from falling apart. Together they represent the Bluth brothers, and though they don’t always see eye to eye, Gob (Will Arnett), Buster (Tony Hale), and Michael (Jason Bateman) are hermanos to the end. Now, their adventures begin anew as Arrested Development, the revered cult comedy that was cancelled by Fox in 2006, offers up 15 new episodes that will be released on Netflix tonight at the stroke of 3:01 am ET/12:01 a.m. PT. A comeback story for the digital ages? A second chance at comedy domination? A third thing? “I would call it ‘The Return of AD: Sweet Revenge; The Joke’s On Us,'” quips Arnett. Read all about this next chapter in the story of a wealthy family who lost everything and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together right here. After you’re finished, soak up these bonus quotes from Bateman, Arnett, and Hale, who discuss everything from the new season to getting back in character to action figures to onesies. READ FULL STORY

'Arrested Development': David Cross and Portia de Rossi talk new season, Tobias and Lindsay

Arrested Development is another in a long line of shows that came before it that were slightly ahead of their time. Maybe six, seven years from now, it will get its second coming.” –David Cross to EW in November 2005

Crosstradamus proved to be pretty darned prophetic. That ambitious, weird little family comedy may have been too whipsmart for its own good in the mid-aughts, but more people discovered it in its afterlife, and on May 26 (3 a.m. ET/midnight PT), Netflix will officially raise the show from the dead by releasing 15 new episodes. “I’m not a spiritual or religious person, but it is a blessing. It is a rare opportunity we’ve been given,” says current-day Cross, who is reprising his role as misguided thespian-in-training Dr. Tobias Fünke, “husband” of the self-serving socialite Lindsay Bluth Fünke (Portia de Rossi). Echoes de Rossi: “To take all that time off and to go back to something that was really special and unique to begin with, and for it still to be special and unique now is incredibly cool…. I just never thought I would get to hang with those people again and to say those amazing, funny lines again.” After reading our story about the show’s much-anticipated return here, check out these bonus quotes from Cross and de Rossi to avoid numbness of the extremities, short-term memory loss, decreased libido and/or complete shutdown of the pituitary gland. READ FULL STORY

'Arrested Development': Michael Cera and Alia Shawkat reveal what's in store for Maeby and George Michael

Theirs was a forbidden relationship. They were cousins, and dangerous ones at that. Their time together was fun and sexy, yes, but also complicated and confusing. They were the youngest members of the Bluth family: the sincere, perpetually flustered George Michael Bluth (Michael Cera) and rebellious, attention-seeking Maeby Fünke (Alia Shawkat). And now fates — and  fan demand — have thrown these two kissing cousins together again: Arrested Development returns on May 26 after a seven-year absence with 15 new episodes on Netflix. How did this highly regarded but low-rated twisted family comedy wind up back on the screen? That story is here. But maybe, if not surely, you are also interested in reading some bonus quotes from Cera and Shakwat, who discuss the new season, their characters and more. READ FULL STORY

'Arrested Development': Jessica Walter and Jeffrey Tambor dish on the new season

Mother’s Day was more than a week ago, and Father’s Day is still a few weeks away, but now is the perfect time to recognize two of the most amusing, least attentive parents around: the chilly, vodka-rocked Lucille Bluth (Jessica Walter), and unscrupulous fallen real-estate titan George Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor), who was just here a minute ago but seems to have disappeared. The pair — along with those seven other maladjusted family members — return to comedic duty on May 26, as Netflix releases 15 new episodes of Arrested Development, with each installment catching us up to speed on a particular family member.

Check out our behind-the-scenes story of how this beloved comedy came back to life, and scroll down for bonus quotes from Walter and Tambor, who understood the questions and responded to them.

On how optimistic they were that the show would be revived in some form
TAMBOR: “Even when there wasn’t much murmuring going around, I always said that [we would reunite]. And I always believed it…. It seemed to get stronger after we left the air, and people old and young seemed to be able to recite it backward and forward, so, I mean, just do the math. You’d have to be pretty callous for it not to go forward.” READ FULL STORY

'Arrested Development': Creator Mitchell Hurwitz talks new season, movie and... bees

If there is one person that deserves credit for the revival of Arrested Development, it’s… you. You, random fan — by buying millions of DVDs, discovering the show on Hulu/Netflix, or quoting it endlessly to friends who then became converts (or just annoyed) — have persuaded the Hollywood powers that be that this off-kilter cult comedy is worth bringing back from the dead. (May 26. 15 new episodes. Netflix. Be there.) But if credit goes to a second person, it’s Mitchell Hurwitz. For years, the show’s creator/executive producer/mastermind has been plotting some form of return for the critically loved, Emmy-winning series, which was cancelled by Fox in 2006 after 53 episodes. You can read all about how he decided to reintroduce the emotionally and financially damaged Bluth family right here. What follows are bonus quotes from EW’s interviews with Hurwitz, in which he discusses the new season, how viewers should consume these episodes, and the plans for a movie. (Check back on next week to hear more from the Arrested cast.) READ FULL STORY

'Arrested Development': Inside the cult comedy's comeback

Arrested Development’s journey back to the screen has been long and unpredictable. It has taken many turns, involved the use of many birds. And on this December evening, it has banked a hard right onto a ­Hollywood side street and pit-stopped in a magic club on gay night.

Inside the gothic lounge of mystery, patrons in leopard vests, Army fatigues, and assless pants groove about. Near the bar, series creator Mitchell Hurwitz studies Will Arnett and Michael Cera as they rehearse a scene that will play out in multiple episodes: Decked out in leather and chains, Arnett’s sleazy-cheesy illusionist Gob Bluth has lured his innocent-faced nephew, George Michael (Cera), here under false pretenses (naturally). He busts a move on a flustered George Michael and shouts, “Ow! You bit my lip!” before apologetically whispering to him: “Hey, thanks a lot. I owe you big-time. Not a lot of nephews would do this.” Loud, so the crowd can hear: “Now get out of here! I never want to sleep with you again!” Whispering: “I do. I would sleep with you, George Michael… I mean, I probably won’t…”

In between takes, Hurwitz offers ­scientific pointers like “When you say ‘hot little ass,’ put your hand here,” then scoots behind the monitors to survey the action. “This may be the creepiest thing we’ve done so far,” he observes.

With take after absurd take under his leather-daddy belt, Arnett catches a breather. “I did some disturbing things tonight,” he says. “I kissed Michael Cera no fewer than eight times.”

And how was it?

“It felt like… coming home.”

After an absence of seven years, three months, and 16 days, Arrested Development will give fans who prayed for its return the mother(boy) of all gifts on May 26: Fifteen new episodes will be released all at once on Netflix. Designed as a prequel for a not-yet-greenlit movie, these installments have been the source of great anticipation and speculation since Net­flix announced the show’s resurrection 17 months ago. Our hearts and minds and Twitter feeds are about to tell us whether the wait for this moment of Bluth was indeed worth it. READ FULL STORY


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