There may be a need to set aside a significant block of time for the premiere of Arrested Development‘s new episodes — they are going to get up at you Netflix-Instant-style, all on one day. At a Netflix-sponsored event during the National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas, the video streaming/DVD service announced, along with series creator Mitch Hurwitz, that all 10 new episodes will premiere on the same day rather than over the span of two and a half months. Hurwitz even hinted at the possibility of doing additional seasons of the show beyond these 10 episodes. So, consider yourself to be “unavailable” that one day. We’ll understand, and we’ll let your loved ones know.
There had been a plan of attack for writing the new episodes that involved a format that would re-introduce all of the show’s characters after their long absence. However, with the decision to premiere all of those episodes on the same day, this threw that into a loop. But not a bad one. Nope, Hurwitz has a different plan for the new episodes now, saying that it’s “becoming like the old show again.” And what Arrested Development fan wouldn’t want to see that? And while Hurwitz is looking forward to breaking out his old toys, he’s also going to be trying out some new ones:
“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.”
Guys, is it just me, or did Mitch Hurwitz just describe a sort of “Choose Your Own Adventure: Arrested Development Edition”? Even if it’s not, that’s pretty awesome that the digital streaming venue will be providing a somewhat interactive element to what is already a highly-anticipated entertainment event.
To say nothing of the rather large bombshell Hurwitz dropped about taking the show even further on Netflix — as in possible fifth and sixth seasons of Arrested Development. No, really. He said that. Here’s the quote:
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.
But what does this mean for the movie that has been talked about forever? That was actually not talked about, probably because this was a Netflix event and they were not interested in talking about things that were not going to be on Netflix. The movie was intended to follow the episodes, with the events of the episodes leading right up to the movie. But if there are going to be additional seasons, will that be nipped in the bud? Like I said, it wasn’t discussed. I’m willing to bet cash money that someone will bring it up soon, though.
One thing that was addressed, however, was the return of Bob Loblaw, Scott Baio‘s character. He will be back.
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