Proving that fans excited about the prospect of new Arrested Development episodes have not “made a terrible mistake” creator Mitchell Hurwitz gave several tantalizing new details about the form the upcoming, long-delayed fourth season of the cultishly adored comedy will take.
It was already known that the show was going to be made available exclusively on Netflix, only the second time the company has gotten involved in producing its own series. At a Netflix-sponsored event in Los Angeles Hurwitz and Netflix chief Ted Sarandos made it clear that all ten episodes of the new season will be made available to stream on Netflix at once, meaning that a hardcore Arrested Development junkie (and I’ve heard tell that there are a few of those around) could immediately watch the entire season at once in one marathon session.
This has the potential to be a pretty big disruption of the quality/cult television show model which is based on the week long wait between episodes giving a chance for the fan community to discuss the show online, make predictions about future episodes etc. As Hurwitz said, “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.”
From the report it seems clear that Hurwitz relishes this chance to once again revolutionize the television comedy format, which arguably he’s already done by making perhaps the most purely serialized network television comedy ever, one that offered virtually no entry point for new viewers. “There’s something exciting about trying to break the form again,” he said.
Production on the Netflix episodes is set to begin this summer. Hurwitz offered no new information on the even-longer-delayed Arrested Development movie. Read the full report at Vulture for further information on Bob Loblaw, Alia Shawkat’s first kiss and more.