Friday, April 20, 2012

I May Have to Relent on That Netflix Thing

When Netflix split its business model, charging individually for home delivery of DVDs and instant streaming, I bid them goodbye, deciding that I didn't use enough of either option to justify paying for them separately. But then they announced they'd be airing "Arrested Development," one of the best TV shows ever in the history of the universe. And not just the old episodes of "Arrested Development," which I own on DVD, anyway, and don't need Netflix for.

Nope. This is new episodes of "Arrested Development." Ten of 'em. All released at once. On Netflix. Yep, I think I'm going to have to get off my high horse and go back to Netflix.

"Arrested Development" creator Mitch Hurwitz first talked about these ten episodes as character sketches, updating us on the AD universe of nutballs individually. Now it seems the episodes (scheduled to burst forth on Netflix sometime in 2013) will be more like the first three seasons broadcast on Fox, with plotlines and characters that overlap episodes. Hurwitz also seems to be promising to push the boundaries of the medium in ways he hasn't explained yet. I just hope Ron Howard will be back as the narrator, since some of my favorite jokes came from his wry voice-overs.

To whet your appetite in the meantime, Entertainment Weekly has posted a short video of The Bluth Bros, Jason Bateman and Will Arnett, shaving. Yeah, I don't really understand, either. But it's still nice to see them.

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