Netflix unveiled a new app today, inspired by the new season of Arrested Development. (SPOILERS FROM THE NEW SEASON FOLLOW) It's called Fakeblock, a digital woodblock instrument just like the one George Michael invents. The description of the free app reads, "With over 100 million users, Fakeblock is the OC's most popular digital wood instrument. Entertain guests with life-like stereo wood percussion sounds. Appeal to potential dates and family members with high-def woodgrain imagery. It's not just a woodblock, it's a lifestyle." The website also says, "Fakeblock is produced by Gobias Industries under license from the Bluth-Austero Company." Head on over to Fakeblock.com or download the app for Android [...]
Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz took to Reddit today to answer "questions, complaints, criticisms, etc." and thank fans for "supporting this crazy casserole of a show." Unsurprisingly, the internet had quite a lot to ask him, on topics ranging from the future of television to his writing process to ostriches. The always-exuberant Hurwitz gave thoughtful answers for more than an hour and half, even hinting that might return for more in the next few weeks. Below are the highlights of his AMA, with some minor spoilers for the fourth season (and major ones for the original seasons.)
On any crazy story lines that never made it into the show:
Believe it [...]
In addition to our Arrested Development season 4 review, Splitsider has also been posting episode-by-episode recaps that will cover two episodes at a time. So if you haven't yet plowed through all 8 hours of the new season, and instead opted for a slower, more leisurely approach to screening the episodes, these weekly recaps should suit your old fashioned and increasingly obsolete lifestyle perfectly. These articles will be written from the perspective of someone watching the episodes sequentially, with no knowledge of future reveals or plot twists. That said, there may be some discussion of running gags or seemingly throwaway jokes, which, given the show's reputation, may very well [...]
It turns out one of the most memorable parts of Arrested Development – the Bluth family banana stand – is based on something from creator Mitch Hurwitz's real life. Hurwitz tells Los Angeles magazine that when he was a tween in 1976, his father bought him and his brother a stand in Newport Beach called The Chipyard where they could sell their homemade cookies.
Here's Hurwitz telling the story behind The Chipyard:
We were going to sell cookies off a cardboard table in our front yard, but my father put up the money for us to run a little stand on Balboa Boulevard. We had no idea what [...]