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Talking to Mitch Hurwitz About 'Arrested Development' and Why It's Okay If Comedy Is Confusing

It would be nearly impossible to overstate the influence of Arrested Development on today's TV comedy landscape. While the original three seasons of the Fox show inspired hundreds of imitators full of quick cuts and layered running jokes, the show's fourth season on Netflix completely altered the sitcom format by introducing a slow-building, novel-esque narrative arc culminating in a classic whodunit.

It's all down to the genius of the show's creator, Mitch Hurwitz. While in Montreal recently to collect his Just For Laughs Comedy Writer of the Year Award, he sat down with Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix for a conversation about AD, Running Wilde, and the [...]

'Arrested Development' Episode Reviews: A New Attitude / Señoritis

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 [...]

Mitch Hurwitz Says Newsman John Beard Should Be "Taking Some of Brian Williams' Jobs in Comedy"

"I don't know why this guy isn't taking some of Brian Williams' jobs in comedy. He's excellent. He plays it serious and also makes fun of himself, and also seems real. I just love him."

- Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz talking to TV Guide about the show's resident newsman John Beard, who I think was in more episodes than Michael Cera this season.

Of Course Netflix Wants to Make More 'Arrested Development'

It's really no surprise that Netflix is interested in making more episodes of Arrested Development. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings told CNBC today, "Arrested is unique, because [whether or not it comes back is] really up to the talent. If the talent were willing to do more, and interested in that, I’m sure we would be willing." He added that he's "thrilled with the response" to the show and called it huge. Netflix isn't releasing the show's numbers, but Mashable reports that 36% of Netflix traffic on one DSL network on Sunday was from viewers watching Arrested Development.

While Netflix may be interested in another season, creator Mitch [...]

Mitch Hurwitz Doesn't Want You to Watch 'Arrested Development's New Season All at Once

Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz warned fans against consuming the entire new season of the show in one big gulp this morning an interview with Vulture. Despite the fact that Netflix is releasing all 15 episodes at the same time (this Sunday at midnight) and that many fans are planning on binge-watching, Hurwitz warns, "You can't take it all in at once." He added:

"The whole show is like the selective-attention test. No one sees the gorilla! I’ll give you an example: When I was at the last sound mix with our editors and there was one of our bigger sight gags in the background of one of [...]

11 Shows That Went Head-to-Head With 'SNL' and Lost

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 [...]

Highlights from Mitch Hurwitz's Reddit AMA

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 [...]

The 'Arrested Development' Banana Stand Is Based on Mitch Hurwitz's Childhood Cookie Stand

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 [...]

'Arrested Development' Episode Reviews: Flight of the Phoenix / Borderline Personalities

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 [...]

You Will Have to Watch the New Season of 'Arrested Development' in Order After All

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 [...]

'Arrested Development' Episode Reviews: It Gets Better / Off The Hook / Blockheads

In addition to our Arrested Development season 4 review, Splitsider has also been posting episode-by-episode recaps that have covered a few 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. Each of the articles have been written from the persepctive of someone watching the episodes sequentially, with gradually widening comprehension of the season's convoluted, Inception-depth storylines. However, since we've finally reached the end of the season, feel free to comment with any jokes or [...]

Amy Poehler Named "Comedy Person of the Year" by Just For Laughs

Amy Poehler is the recipient of the big "Comedy Person of the Year" prize at this year's Just For Laughs Montreal, the festival announced this morning. Awards will also go to UK filmmaker Edgar Wright for Comedy Director of the Year, Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz for Comedy Writer of the Year, and Comedy Central star Nick Kroll for Breakout Comedy Star of the Year. The two previous recipients of the Comedy Person of the Year Award are Chelsea Handler and Louis C.K. All prizes will be handed out at the Just For Laughs Awards Show on July 26th in Montreal.

Mitch Hurwitz Discusses 'Sit Down, Shut Up', His Follow Up to 'Arrested Development'

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

Hey, did you know that there are some new episodes of Arrested Development that came out? I'm just kidding; I know you already watched [...]

New 'Arrested Development' Season Will Feature Longer Episodes and Nudity

Taking full advantage of his new-found freedom at Netflix, Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz said today that some of this new block of episodes will be longer than a half-hour. In a conference call today alongside actors Jessica Walter and Jeffrey Tambor, Hurwitz admitted that he labored to get the first few episodes under the 30 minutes mark before Netflix execs said they didn't care about episode length. The episode focused on Walter's Lucille, for instance, will run about 35 minutes, though most will not be too far over the normal sitcom length.

Careful to not reveal too much too much about the new season, Hurwitz did confirm that all swearing [...]