Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Arrested Development Is One And Done On Netflix

As much as the entire human population seems to want more Arrested Development seasons, the sad reality is that the upcoming season on Netflix is probably going to be the only season of the show with a movie still a possibility in the future. As it is, the season of AD is going to be much more different than what you are used to. If Will Arnett is an episode, then probably Jason Bateman is not also in that episode. Netflix says the cast was just really expensive compared to back in the day because they are all such bigger stars. Are they though? Jason is and has had success in movies. Will is great and I love him but he keeps getting cast in television shows that don't last long. Portia? She rarely works. Michael Cera? He is a what happened to that guy who thought he was better than everyone else at this point. Buster? Yeah, he is on Veep, but come on. This was just a one brief moment in time where they got together. Now, if Netflix gets millions of new subscribers you can bet they will make it happen.

31 comments:

Christopher Cruz said...

Meh.

FSP said...

But what if Will Arnett wasn't an episode?

Cathy said...

This was a show that I really just couldn't get into. I get the humor, but all the episodes I watched were really boring.

Also, Jesse Eisenberg is a way more talented Michael Cera than Michael Cera ever was.

seaward said...

I'm pretty sure it was always going to be just the one extra season.
I keep losing interest in it day by day, which I'd have considered blasphemy a year or 5 years ago, but there is just too much hype being built up around a set up I think sounds disappointing to begin with.

libby said...

I actually read that Jason Bateman is the only character who WILL be in every episode--and that each episode will be just him and one other character, mostly.

This is a travesty. Fox fucked up cancelling THIS SHOW (?!?), the HBO, Showtime, every other network were IDIOTIC for letting it die. And they ALL are kicking themselves.
AD could have lasted 7 to 10 seasons, with syndication and the whole deal. TV execs are assholes, and I will never forgive any pussy executive who was too afraid to take this show from dumbass Fox in the first place.

I still haven't forgiven Michael Cera for screwing the movie project right when everyone else was available, but maybe karma is hating on his career for me now.

Amber said...

@FSP - I've always heard that the plan was to have each character in their own "episode" to catch us up on what's been going on since the show ended, and that would take us into the movie.

libby said...

Can you tell I'm an AD nut?!? Excuse me. ahem.

Fox is also the network that cancelled frickin' Family Guy twice....the Fox deciders from that era better be out of work. idiots.

Christina said...

+1

Baka Neko said...

I don't know if I want to see the new season. I'm going to wait and see what others say about it( if its still just as good). And for Jason Bateman, maybe in wrong but he seems the male Jennifer Anniston in movies.

EmEyeKay said...

This was always the plan, as others have said, and I cannot wait to see them! I believe May is ETA. Recently I read that Kristin Wiig is going to play a young Lucille, that should be stellar.

@Libby, I'm also an AD nut!

Its just U said...

I have never seen it!!

libby said...

EmEyeKay, if that was a shout-out to me,



I won't hear it, and I won't respond to it.


BOOM!
Look at me, getting off.....

Watch THIS if you've never seen it

'Best of Lucille Bluth'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6HvS0pOoJc

libby said...

Sorry I am too dumb to make it clicky! Watch it, all ye AD non-believers, and TRY and convince me that you DON'T want to be Lucille Bluth when you grow up!!!

Karen said...

@Libby, I want to be Lucille Bluth when I grow up.

[Regarding homosexuals on a boat]: Everything they do is so dramatic and flamboyant. It just makes me want to set myself on fire.

And [after drinking her husband's mistress, Kitty, under the table]: I have to get back to rehab.

libby said...

lmfao, Karen. I love the 'sea of waiters' at the Latin-American Emmys, or whatever that was.

Since you mentioned Kitty, I will say that I'm gone for the day, all, and .....
SAY GOODBYE TO THESE, bitches....

*lifts shirt, exposes wonk-nip boobies*

BYE!

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Sherry said...

"Get me a vodka tonic"

"Mom it's breakfast"

"And toast"

loves it...But this AD ship has sailed. Zeitgeist is over.

Angela said...

I can't say I miss Lucille (I) much, because Jessica Walter has basically the same character on Archer.

Amber is right about the plan of character centric episodes. Every episode will focus on one character, Michael will always make an appearance and they will basically tell what happens to the character after the end of season 3.

But that doesn't mean the other cast members won't be featured in episodes about one specific Bluth (or F√ľnke). It's just that they found this way to shoot without having to reunite the complete cast for every episode.
Let's just say that, in an episode about Buster, you'll get Lucille II, but it would make zero sense to write Lucille I out of the story.

Anyway, they ended up with so much material that they changed their plans. Instead of 10 episodes, we'll get 14. And the episodes will be 28 minutes, like a show on HBO or Showtime, not 22 minutes like on a network or basic cable.

The target is to raise again interest for the show to prepare for a feature film but Netflix would have never been able to sign all the cast for a long term deal.

EmEyeKay said...

ha ha, @Libby - that's my favorite Lucille quote, I use it a lot!

Jazzy said...

Amen. Jason Bateman is as dull as dish water.

smash said...

Beeeeds?

Lelaina Pierce said...

We just started re-watching AD on Roku/Hulu. We always catch something new when we watch.

@libby - I completely agree!

Ivs said...

Love LOVE AD too! On boring days I always find myself youtubeing my favorite parts, and they are so many! Everything about this show is just pure, pure gold. I use the Lucille Bluth wink whenever I really mean business, and when I have no idea what you just said I will stare at you and scream "BEADS?!?!" - and then proceed to laugh my ass off.

Also "heeeeey brother/sister/mother/father" is pretty much my standard greeting. And obviously I am very, very excited about this reunion, so I'm just going to pretend I know nothing of the backstage shenanigans.

Ps; Amy Poehler was so great as Gob's seal-loving, crazy wife :(

Kloie said...

One season? C'mon!

Mels said...

Little tangent here... wasn't Will Arnett the popular guess for the guy who had brought some super young thang to the set of his TV show after cheating with his costar/divorcing his wife...? Or am I hallucinating. Just thought it was odd that Enty said "Will is great and I love him" if that blind was in fact about him... Or perhaps I'm overthinking :)

caralw said...

I haven't read any spoilers. I am trusting Netflix to do a good job. House of Cards is off the chain good. So I will tune into this and hope for the best.

Mooshki said...

Yes, it was always intended to just be one extra season, and I am really grateful to get this much. How often does this happen? (And if it happens again, can it PLEASE be Veronica Mars, Firefly, or Wonderfalls?!!!)

Libby, you can't blame Fox completely for this one: after it was canceled, Mitch Hurwitz basically said "don't fight to change their minds - I'm done with the show." Luckily, he changed his mind after a few years had passed.

mybrothehero said...

Awwww... :(

I think I might send this link to one of the writers of AD to show him people still lurve it!

whocaresnow12 said...

This was always the plan from the get go. The additional episodes after moving forward with the feature was a a bonus.

Gabby said...

@Mels - that made me feel better! Because I believe that Enty loves Amy Poehler too, so he probably wouldn't say he loved Will if he messed up that marriage! Right? *sigh* who knows? I'm still sad about that split and it's been almost 6 months :(

Gabby said...

@mybrothehero - you know the writers of AD? Super jealous.