ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT Creator Mitch Hurwitz Signs Multi-Year Deal with Netflix to Create New Original Series

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Even though the fourth season of Arrested Development ended in a cliffhanger and the promise of a movie, creator Mitch Hurwitz is now moving to develop a new comedy series for Netflix.  Additionally, Hurwitz “will develop projects with other creators as a non-writing executive producer and will consult for Netflix on comedy series,” according to Deadline.  While Netflix remains in a licensing rights arms race with other streaming services (Amazon Prime just netted HBO content), the popular streaming service is making progress when it comes to original series.  They’re doing well in dramas with House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, so now it looks like they’re trying to bulk up their comedy roster.

It’s worth noting that while Hurwitz found critical acclaim with Arrested Development, his other series Sit Down, Shut Up and Running Wilde both flopped.  However, Netflix also provides more creative freedom than network television.  It remains to be seen how Hurwitz’ new deal with Netflix will factor into his plans for the Arrested Development movie and his intent to direct the comedy Guinea Pigging.

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT Creator Mitch Hurwitz to Direct Comedy GUINEA PIGGING

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After bringing Arrested Development back from the dead on Netflix earlier this year, creator Mitch Hurwitz is ready to step into the feature film world.  THR reports that Hurwitz will direct the comedy Guinea Pigging for Fox 2000 with Night at the Museum scribes Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant writing the script.  The story is based on a 2008 New Yorker article about the world of people who make a living acting as test subjects for drug companies, hospitals, and pharmacies.  The script is described as “a sophisticated comedy about a human drug test subject who volunteers for testing at a pharmaceutical company and experiences unusual side effects.”

This will mark Hurwitz’s feature directorial debut, though he has directed several episodes of Arrested Development.  Though Lennon and Garant have made a living penning more family friendly pics like The Pacifier and Herbie Fully Loaded, the Reno 911! duo have also written a number of more adult-oriented projects like this year’s comedy Hell Baby.  With Hurwitz onboard to direct, one imagines Guinea Pigging falls into the latter category.

Mitch Hurwitz Working on the Script for ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT Movie; Believes He Can Get the Whole Cast Back

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One of my frustrations with the fourth season of Arrested Development was the amount of cliffhangers.  It demands at the very least a movie, and the movie doesn’t have a green light.  However, creator Mitch Hurwitz is hard at work on the film script, but in an interview with Rolling Stone, he cautions, “I can’t get into much more detail because I don’t want to scare anybody off. I don’t want to be presumptuous about it. I don’t own the property outright – it’s a 20th Century Fox property. But everybody seems really into it and really eager to make a movie.”  I’m also wondering how 20th Century Fox will work with Netflix.  Netflix was able to get clips from the first three seasons (with a fun running gag implying that the clips were ripped from DVDs), so I assume Netflix will be willing to provide clips from season four.

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Netflix in Talks for Another Season of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT

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It appears that the episodic structure of Arrested Development may not be over.  While creator Mitch Hurwitz has said many times that the new run of episodes on Netflix were meant to serve as Act One of a story that would be completed with Act Two and Act Three in an Arrested Development movie, Bloomberg reports that Netflix is currently in negotiations to make another season of the show.  The news comes from producer Brian Grazer himself, who noted that he and his Imagine Entertainment cohorts are “in conversations with [Netflix] to do another.”  Hit the jump for more. 

Mitch Hurwitz Talks ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, How the Movie Idea Evolved into New Episodes, Fan Reactions, Reuniting the Cast & a Possible Feature Film

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Now that fans, critics and new viewers of the series have had some time to digest the new episodes of Arrested Development, show creator Mitch Hurwitz took some time out to discuss those episodes, as well as the future of the series.

During the interview, the show’s executive producer/writer talked about how the movie that was first talked about evolved into these episodes, that there’s a lot you can do in television that you can’t do with a film, whether a possible movie would be a theatrical release or something else that’s available solely through Netflix, how much he’s paid attention to the positive and negative reviews of the new episodes, that he sees this story as a continuing saga, that things would have been different if he could have had this entire cast together for every episode, how he feels about the people who are re-editing the episodes to put the scenes back together, and his advice to show creators who are looking to extend the life of their series. Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

TOP 5: MAN OF STEEL Set Visit, Confessions of an INDIANA JONES Virgin, AFTER EARTH, THE WOLVERINE Set Visit, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT: Season 4 Review

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All of the hooplah surrounding Arrested Development Season 4′s debut on Netflix last weekend got me waxing nostalgic for another beloved series that was all too short-lived: Paul Feig‘s Freaks and Geeks. When you consider its impressive shelf life, it’s hard to believe the series only aired on NBC for one season and consists of merely 18 episodes. For the sake of comparison, ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager will air its series finale this Monday and will finish with five seasons and 121 episodes in hand. Continuing down that path, Freaks and Geeks averaged just above 6.5 million weekly viewers during its run while Secret Life‘s most watched episode to date (the Season 2 premiere) garnered a little over 4.5 million viewers. In addition to the frustration I feel for having 103 more Secret Life episodes to never watch than Freaks and Geeks episodes to cherish, this also provides an interesting example of the ratings expectations/requirements of a network series in comparison to that of a cable series.

I could go on and on doing my best Brendan Bettinger: Stats Genius impersonation but the real reason I’m here is to present this week’s Top 5. In this installment you have at your disposal our visit to the set of Man of Steel, Allison watching the Indiana Jones movies for the first time, After Earth interviews with Will and Jaden Smith, another set visit for The Wolverine, and Matt’s review of the aforementioned fourth season of Arrested Development. As you’ve grown to expect, a brief recap and link to each of the above makes its home after the jump.

Creator Mitch Hurwitz Talks ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, How to Watch Season 4, and Possibility of a Movie or “Some Mechanism of Doing More Content”

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Much to the surprise and joy of every Arrested Development fan, the Emmy Award-winning comedy series following the wildly eccentric and entertainingly dysfunctional Bluth family is back with 15 new episodes debuting on Netflix on May 26th.  Having seen the first new episode, I can say that the show is as twisted and funny as ever, and feels like it hasn’t missed a beat in the seven years since the last episode aired.  From creator/writer Mitch Hurwitz, the series stars Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, David Cross, Portia de Rossi, Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat, Jeffrey Tambor and Jessica Walter.

During this recent interview to promote the new episodes, Mitch Hurwitz talked about how they ended up with 15 episodes, how they chose to exploit the technology of Netflix, his recommendation for the most gratifying way to watch the episodes, how much they took advantage of the freedom they had with the content, how he’ll get feedback from fans, his expectations for these episodes, and the possibility of a movie still happening.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Updates on THE SIMPSONS and ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT Movies

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Two of TV’s funniest families have their sights set on possible feature treatments, but they may not show up on screens any time soon.  Matt Groening’s hit animated series The Simpsons, now in its 24th season, already has one successful feature film under its belt, but don’t expect another one any time soon.  Arrested Development-creator Mitchell Hurwitz is currently experiencing a rejuvenation of the family comedy series thanks to a fourth season production at Netflix.  So how long will it be until a movie deal gets made for the Bluth and Simpsons families?  Hit the jump to find out.

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT Will Only Have One Season on Netflix

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For those who have been closely following the progress of the new Arrested Development episodes on Netflix, the following probably won’t come as too big a shock, but it has been confirmed that upcoming fourth season of the show will be the only batch of new episodes produced for the streaming giant.  The formulation of this new season was a herculean task of scheduling given the series’ large ensemble cast, but somehow creator Mitch Hurwitz pulled it off and fans are keeping their fingers crossed that the upcoming fourth season lives up to the incredibly high expectations.

Hit the jump for more on why Netflix is only producing one season of the series and how the upcoming episodes fit into the overall plan for Arrested Development’s resurrection. 

Mitch Hurwitz Talks ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT Season 4, Bringing Michael Cera Into the Writers’ Room, and Status of the Movie

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At the TCA Press Tour presentation for Netflix, Arrested Development show creator Mitch Hurwitz and most of the actors got together to discuss the new chapter for the comedy series, which includes 14 new episodes being released in May.  Fans of the show have been anxiously awaiting the project, since talk of a movie started, some time ago.  Instead of that movie, for the time being, they will get to see stories focusing on different cast members for each episode, at times overlapping with other stories, and this time even including some nudity from one of the principal actors.

During the panel itself and giving some extra time for a bit after, producer/writer Mitch Hurwitz talked about how he didn’t realize how big of a challenge it would be to finally get this going, that fan fiction has scooped possible storylines, how they had to learn to not be precious with the material, bringing actor Michael Cera into the writers’ room this time, that they’re trying to make the episodes just under half an hour while they’re in the post-production process, how the movie is in a bit of limbo until they see how the new episodes do, that there are things that harken back to the old incarnation of the show but that he also feels new viewers will find these episodes very accessible, and how he hopes to have extras available on Netflix at some point.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Mitch Hurwitz Reveals ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT Season 4 Details; Says Each Episode Picks Up After Season 3 Finale

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It’s almost here, folks.  New episodes of Arrested Development will be before our eyes in just a few short months, at which point we’ll see what the Bluths have been up to in the six years they’ve been off the air.  The entire new season will be released at once on Netflix sometime this spring, and recently the season order was increased from 10 episodes to 13 or 14 episodes.

We know that each episode focuses on a single character, and now creator/showrunner Mitch Hurwitz has provided a surprising amount of details regarding the show’s return, including the fact that Jason Bateman’s Michael Bluth is the only character that appears in every episode, and each episode will show what happened to each character directly after the events of the season three finale in 2006.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT Pauses Production as Netflix Orders More Episodes

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I fully appreciate the irony of this sentence, but the fourth season of Arrested Development has paused production on the revived series’ new episodes. Though Netflix had originally ordered a ten-episode run for the comedy, creator Mitch Hurwitz ended up shooting additional footage and dreaming up enough material for more scenes and storylines. Deadline reports that Netflix agreed to expand the order to somewhere between 12 and 15 total episodes. Production has paused to allow Hurwitz to review the footage that’s already been shot and work the new arcs into the season. It will also take some time to wrangle the actors for the additional shoots, so plans are for production to start up again in late January. This should still allow time for the show’s debut in April, when Netflix plans to make all of the episodes available at once.

First Official Image from the New Season of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT Features Conan O’Brien; Episodes Available April 2013

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The first official image from the new season of Arrested Development has been released.  Just last week we learned that Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter had joined the growing list of guest stars that will be making appearances in the new episodes, and this official image shows O’Brien and Richter alongside Jason Bateman.  The two presumably play versions of themselves, as it appears that the scene in question takes place backstage at Conan.

Additionally, though we had previously known that the new episodes would be available on some undetermined date in spring 2013, The Film Stage reports that they’ll be released all at once on Netflix in April.  Hit the jump to check out the image.

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT and Netflix Want You to Win a Walk-On Role for the Show’s Fourth Season!

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When you drive around in stairs, you’re gonna get some walk-ons.  Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz is now giving fans the chance to literally win a walk-on role on the revived series with a new contest.  Netflix, which thankfully rescued the series and will be the home to its fourth season, is offering six walk-on opportunities to creative fans who submit their original Arrested Development-related artwork by October 16th! I think I just blue myself… Hit the jump for details on how you can enter the contest, along with a message from Hurwitz and star, Michael Cera.

Mitch Hurwitz Talks about the New Episodes of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT; Says They Function as “Act One” of the Movie

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Though series creator Mitch Hurwitz has stayed mum on many of the plot details regarding the upcoming revival of Arrested Development, he recently spoke to Vulture about the show, and revealed a few “spoilers” (brace yourselves for the big reveal: “Michael walks through a door”).  He also claimed to own Ron Howard body and soul, and can force him to do whatever he wants (like come back to narrate the show).  For more about the emotions and excitement on set to bring this great series back, plus other tidbits from the interview, hit the jump.

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