I am not here to defend the fourth season of Arrested Development. I liked it more than most people and thought that it had some solidly funny moments. But I also don’t disagree with the criticisms of it, that it lacked the chemistry of the previous seasons since the cast was unable to film together, and that the rhythm of the series was just … off.
That’s why Mitch Hurwitz is releasing a “remixed” season four (on this Friday, Cinco de Cuatro no less), is such exciting news.
The original season four of ‘Arrested Development’ on Netflix, as some of you know, experimented with a Rashomon-style of storytelling — with each episode dedicated to the adventure of one member of the Bluth family. The goal was that by the end of the season a unified story of cause and effect would emerge for the viewer — full of surprises about how the Bluths were responsible for most of the misery they had endured. In some ways to be an experience for that viewer, perhaps, akin to eating some toast, then some bacon — maybe a sliced tomato, followed by some turkey, and realizing, “Hey, I think I just had a BLT.”
But in between season 4 and this upcoming season 5, I had time to take that Rashomon-type story and re-cut it — shuffling the content from 15 individual stories into 22 interwoven stories the length of the original series, as an experiment to find out, well … I guess, “if I could make some money.” I mean, who am I kidding, I want this thing to syndicate eventually.
But I also pursued it as a comedic experiment to see if new jokes and a new perspective would emerge from a remix that features all the Bluths in every episode, and where the simultaneity of the story plays out chronologically. And I am really excited by the final result. It’s funny in a whole new way, and I believe it creates a really entertaining and hilarious new experience for the “viewer.” And I only call you that because I don’t know your last name.
Hurwitz also promised that season five would be coming out “soon. Like real soon. Like, if you knew when, you would not be wrong to be thinking, ‘why are we all just hearing about this now?'” And he tweeted that it will be sooner than the mid-summer date that Henry Winkler predicted.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go make a reservation at Señor Tadpole’s for Friday.
Carlton Cuse gave a talk about his decades in the business and for the umpteenth time explained the finale of Lost. FOR THOSE OF YOU IN THE BACK OF THE ROOM, PAY ATTENTION:
“We told the ending we wanted to tell,” he explained. “’Lost’ was not a show about people lost on an island, but in their lives, searching for meaning and purpose. (The finale) speaks to this notion of how we need other people to get us through our journeys in life.”
Looks like [SPOILER] will be returning to Game of Thrones. Don’t hover over the link if you don’t want to be spoiled!
This Apu story just won’t die. In an interview, Mike Reiss, an original Simpsons writer, says that Apu has been pretty much benched for the past three seasons because the show already got that the character was problematic. In fact, they pretty much devoted an episode to addressing the question of Apu being a stereotype back in 2016. “Though there’s a lot of discussion on Apu, he’s barely had a line in the past three seasons. Hank Azaria saying he won’t voice the character anymore is like Val Kilmer announcing he won’t play Batman again—no one’s asking him to.”
In case you were trapped under a rock in the desert yesterday, Kanye went to TMZ and started talking about how slavery was a choice. Just another day in 2018.
The incredible Wendell Pierce has the only response that is necessary:
Here’s what we know about True Detective season 3. What we still don’t know: whether or not I can be fucked to watch.
This amazing scene was cut from last week’s already amazing episode of Atlanta. “Oh ah, oh ah, oh ahahhh….”
I’m with Rachel Bloom. I am absolutely certain much of the pearl-clutching over Michelle Wolf is because it came from a woman who is expected to NOT TALK LIKE THAT. As a woman who has been attacked in this very blog over her language, let me tell you, the sexism is real.
Based on Q scores, who is the most popular woman on television? Can you guess? And who is the least popular? ANNNNNNNNND: RELATED.
Hulu has more than 20 million subscribers and has just made a big deal with Dreamworks.
New York Times metro editor Wendell Jamieson resigned earlier this week. It was revealed that he was “engaged with inappropriate communication” with three women.
Alexandra Canosa, a producer on Marco Polo, has accused Harvey Weinstein of sexually and physically assaulting her many times over a period of years.
Some women who signed the NBC document in support of Tom Brokaw talk to The Hollywood Reporter — albeit anonymously. For me, this is the most troublesome quote: “Everyone is afraid to say that this is not black and white. My hope is this is the moment that defuses #MeToo. And the silver lining is that it took someone like Tom.” (I DON’T KNOW FOR SURE IT WAS YOU, BUT I AM LOOKING SIDEWAYS AT YOU, MIKA.)
Here’s the thing: plenty of people who support the #MeToo movement do recognize that there are many, many gray areas. While, for instance, the Aziz Ansari story might have been embarrassing for him personally, it also created a conversation about just how complicated questions of consent can be. No one is saying that Al Franken is a monster in the form of Harvey Weinstein, but we have to acknowledge that his behavior (or that of George H. W. Bush’s) is kinda gross so that moving forward other men will get it through their thick skulls that they can’t be molesty with women without consequence. This moment is important and does not need “defusing.” And while I hope that Tom Brokaw is indeed as innocent as he claims, protecting men that we like from their own bad behavior does not do anyone any favors.
Oh, and as I was preparing this post, a third woman has stepped forward to accuse Brokaw.
- The Handmaid’s Tale has been renewed for a third season by Hulu.
- Westworld has been officially renewed for a third season — but considering we already had news stories about Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton having negotiated equal salaries for the third season, this was pretty much a foregone conclusion.
- The Good Fight has been renewed by CBS All Access.
- McMafia has been renewed for a second season on BBC. AMC has not yet made an announcement about whether or not it will pick it up.
- I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, the Michelle McNamara book about the Golden State Killer, is being turned into a docuseries by HBO.
- Busy Tonight, a talk show hosted by Busy Philipps, is headed to E!
- E! also ordered Ashlee and Evan, The Funny Dance Show, The LadyGang, Nat & Liv, The Twins Project, Written by the Stars, Wonder Women and are bringing back True Hollywood Story.
- Hulu ordered an adaptation of Four Weddings and a Funeral from Mindy Kaling and a comedy from Ramy Youssef.
- A miniseries about Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor is in the works.
- A comedy series from Paul Feig and starring Salma Hayek is probably coming to Amazon.
- Sally4Ever, a British comedy series, has been ordered by HBO.
- A series based on the books by Paulo Coelho is in the works.
Mark Your Calendars
- Legion just became one episode longer. The finale will now air on June 12.
- Castle Rock is going to debut on Hulu on July 25 and it looks good:
- Into the Dark is going to premiere on Hulu on October 5.
- Heathers is back on Paramount Network’s schedule: it will not debut on July 10.
- Ibiza debuts on Netflix on May 25.
- The Royal Wedding with Cord and Tish will debut on May 19 on HBO.
- Strange Angel will premiere on CBS All Access on June 14 (and it looks intriguing):
- Impossible Engineering: Extreme Railroads will debut on Science Channel on May 17.
The Real Housewives of New York City: Sonja and Ramona scream at each other. 8 p.m., Bravo
Colony: The Josh Holloway sci-fi drama is back. Season premiere. 9 p.m., USA
Being Serena: This new documentary follows Serena Williams during her pregnancy, motherhood, and marriage. Series premiere. 9 p.m., HBO
Hollywood Medium: Teresa Giudice visits with her mother in the season finale. 8 p.m., E!
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