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Netflix plans to roll out Arrested Development all in one shot

04.18.2012

Fans of watching an entire season on DVD will rejoice at this news. Show creator Mitch Hurwitz and Netflix Chief Tad Sarandos have confirmed that all ten episodes of the new season will premiere at once on the streaming service. 

Originally, show creator Mitch Hurwitz intended to make the fourth season an anthology that focused on a single character, but has since changed lanes, stating that it "is now kind of evolving into becoming more like the old show again."  He added, "There's something exciting about trying to break the form again."

"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."

In terms of releasing the entire series at once, Hurwitz wasn't concerned about spoilers or twists being revealed en masse, stating that, "It's comedy. The twists really aren't as important as the characters."

Hurwitz also said that he'd like to see a season five or six happen. "We would love this to be the first first of many visits," Hurwitz said. There are plans to shoot a movie directly after season four, but that doesn't necessarily close anything out.  Interestingly, Hurwitz also said that Showtime had been in negotiations to acquire the show, but ultimately Netflix had a better business model and an already established fanbase.

"The show's audience has grown over the last six years because of [viewers streaming it]," Hurwitz said. "It's been like putting jokes in a bottle and then having them come back years later to say, 'Ha ha.'"

I'm pretty stoked to see the Bluth family back in dysfunction yet again.  My first viewing of the series was on DVD and I watched every episode of all three seasons all in succession.  Mind. Blown.  It's a great comedy series and well worth checking out if you've never seen it.

What do you guys think about releasing an entire season all in one shot?  Which format do you prefer; serialized or all-in-one?

Extra Tidbit: Michael Cera and Jason Bateman have hit Hollywood pretty hard since the show aired and I think it's pretty damn cool that they're returning to it.
Source: Vulture

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1:59PM on 04/18/2012

I'M A MONSTER!

How much clearer can I say it: "THERE IS ALWAYS MONEY IN THE BANANA STAND!" In this case "The Banana Stand" = Netflix.
How much clearer can I say it: "THERE IS ALWAYS MONEY IN THE BANANA STAND!" In this case "The Banana Stand" = Netflix.
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10:26PM on 04/18/2012
Nice! Jesus. If you know another AD fan the quote-a-thons can go on for hours.
Nice! Jesus. If you know another AD fan the quote-a-thons can go on for hours.
2:03PM on 04/18/2012
Fantastic, forward thinking idea that addresses a reality in television viewing today that the suits rarely acknowledge.
Fantastic, forward thinking idea that addresses a reality in television viewing today that the suits rarely acknowledge.
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2:09PM on 04/18/2012

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

I, like many, didn't catch Arrested Development until it became available on Netflix. It's only fitting that this show come to the company (Netflix) that ultimately has led to its comeback. I can't wait until the Bluth family returns next year!

On a side note, I'm glad it didn't go to Showtime because I feel like Arrested Development seems better when it bleeps out the nudity and language.
I, like many, didn't catch Arrested Development until it became available on Netflix. It's only fitting that this show come to the company (Netflix) that ultimately has led to its comeback. I can't wait until the Bluth family returns next year!

On a side note, I'm glad it didn't go to Showtime because I feel like Arrested Development seems better when it bleeps out the nudity and language.
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8:26PM on 04/18/2012

awesome news

will gladly spend a day watching these in one shot.
will gladly spend a day watching these in one shot.
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2:11PM on 04/18/2012

I'm excited!!

Now that I think about it...it's been awhile since I watched Arrested Development. I may have to rewatch again real soon!!
Now that I think about it...it's been awhile since I watched Arrested Development. I may have to rewatch again real soon!!
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5:21PM on 04/18/2012

I love this!

Awesome! Such a good idea. Netflix isn't trying to draw ratings, they want subscribers, so why wouldn't they roll it out all at once? It's one of the central reasons that people-- and probably more than you think-- wait for shows on DVD. So they can watch it all at once. It's a smart move by Netflix. Paying for their streaming service is becoming a cheaper way to access great series in their entirety without having to physically or electronically store it yourself. Awesome news.
Awesome! Such a good idea. Netflix isn't trying to draw ratings, they want subscribers, so why wouldn't they roll it out all at once? It's one of the central reasons that people-- and probably more than you think-- wait for shows on DVD. So they can watch it all at once. It's a smart move by Netflix. Paying for their streaming service is becoming a cheaper way to access great series in their entirety without having to physically or electronically store it yourself. Awesome news.
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12:22AM on 04/19/2012
Kind of surprising since they could have milked it and done 1 episode a week. People like me who only plan on (re)subscribing to netflix just to watch the series would have to pay for at least 3 months if they did it that way.
Kind of surprising since they could have milked it and done 1 episode a week. People like me who only plan on (re)subscribing to netflix just to watch the series would have to pay for at least 3 months if they did it that way.
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2:46PM on 04/18/2012

All in one?

HUZZAH!!
HUZZAH!!
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8:40AM on 04/19/2012
COME ON!
COME ON!
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10:46PM on 04/18/2012
"Can't wait." (Thank you, Bart Scott.)
"Can't wait." (Thank you, Bart Scott.)
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4:07PM on 04/18/2012
Looks like Netflix is going to prematurely shoot it's wad.
Looks like Netflix is going to prematurely shoot it's wad.
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