Saturday Night Live is an institution that has been considered overrated and underrated since its debut in 1975, always provoking debate, always somewhere on the minds of everyone in the comedy world, and subsequently and most importantly of all, always watched and analyzed every single week. And it seems that from the very beginning, everybody that wasn't NBC knew that they were screwed, and have continually opted to not counter with their own original programming. Fox seems to be the one network that refuses to admit defeat, throwing up their own comedy shows on Saturday nights since 1989, and returning to the weekend late night original programming game with [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
In addition to our Arrested Development season 4 review, Splitsider will also be posting episode-by-episode recaps that will cover two episodes at a time. So if you aren’t one of the loyal, unemployed superfans without Memorial Day plans who plowed through all 8 hours of the new season in one sitting, 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.
Those who have seen any of the new episodes will know that, in true Arrested Development form, the episodes become increasingly layered as the season goes on, with information from earlier [...]
It turns out that there will be an intended episode order for the new season of Arrested Development after all. Creator Mitch Hurwitz and Jason Bateman previously said that the 15 new episodes that make up Season 4 have no intended order because they each follow different characters simultaneously, but after finishing the final mix on the episodes, Hurwitz tweeted today, "Done! Just finished the final mix last night. In two weeks Arrested Development will be yours to do with as you please. Except for 1 thing! You gotta watch them in order. Turns out I was not successful in creating a form where the setup follows the [...]