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Mitch Hurwitz to Develop a New Series for Netflix Under Multi-Year Deal

According to Deadline, Netflix has found a way to keep Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz around by signing him under a rare multi-year deal to create and produce series for the streaming network. The deal would involve Hurwitz as both a creator of new series as well as a developer for other creators' projects "as a non-writing executive producer," acting as Netflix's consulting creative for their upcoming comedies. While no firm updates on Arrested Development have been made yet, Hurwitz and Netflix have reportedly been in talks to produce another season or original movie in the near future.

"It is incredibly inspiring to get to produce for [...]

The Beginner's Guide to the Canadian Mockumentary Series 'Trailer Park Boys'

Last month, Netflix announced that the Canadian comedy series Trailer Park Boys is returning for an eighth and ninth season on the streaming network after a seven-year hiatus. While the show became a big hit in Canada, it has yet to gain the same level of superfandom down in the States, but that might be about to change with the arrival of new seasons and, as of yesterday, the availability of seasons 1-7 on Netflix Instant. Whether you're unfamiliar with the series or a diehard TPB fan, here's a brief guide to Mike Clattenburg's misfit Canadian world of the ex-cons, weed-growers, and kitty lovers of Sunnyvale.

For the [...]

Seasons 8 and 9 of 'Trailer Park Boys' Are Coming to Netflix This Fall

Fans of Canadians, kitties, rum and coke, weed, Rickyisms, and all things Trailer Park Boys can finally rejoice after the seven-year wait since the last season ended in 2007. According to a Netflix press release out today, the streaming network has acquired the Canadian comedy's new 10-episode season to air sometime later this year, with a ninth season renewal already locked in and in the writing stage. In addition to the two new seasons, Netflix has also added the latest Trailer Park Boys seasons — which originally aired on Canada's Showcase network — to its instant streaming service. Here a quick teaser at what you can [...]

Netflix's 'BoJack Horseman' Will Feature the Voices of Amy Sedaris, Will Arnett, and Aaron Paul

Next summer, Netflix will add a new animated series to its Originals lineup called BoJack Horseman, and the lead characters will be voiced by Will Arnett, Aaron Paul, and Amy Sedaris. According to a Netflix press release, the show centers around BoJack (Arnett), a washed-up former 90's television star (and horse) who "has been trying to find his way through a muddle of self-loathing, whisky and failed relationships. Now, with the help of his human sidekick Todd (Paul) and his feline agent and ex-paramour Princess Caroline (Sedaris), BoJack is primed to again make his mark on the world of entertainment." Arnett and Paul will also serve as executive [...]

Aziz Ansari and Seth Rogen Have Some Great Ideas for Cross-Promoting Aziz's New Special

The first trailer for Aziz Ansari's new standup special Buried Alive is up, in which he and Seth Rogen brainstorm the most innovative ways to release the new hour. Spoiler alert: Buried Alive premieres November 1 on Netflix.

Talking with Rhys Darby About 'Short Poppies,' 'Flight of the Conchords,' and Playing Silly Characters Seriously

Most comedians are lucky to land a bit part for their first television gig, but New Zealand standup Rhys Darby struck gold when his friends Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement cast him in their HBO series Flight of the Conchords as the two-man band's incompetent manager Murray Hewitt. It's been five years since Flight of the Conchords ended, and during that time Darby has toured his standup around the world, appeared in a handful of films and television shows, and also developed a set of original characters that evolved into his new series Short Poppies, now available on Netflix. Ahead of the Short Poppies premiere, I recently got [...]

Netflix Will Air 8-Episode Series Created by and Starring Rhys Darby from 'Flight of the Conchords'

THR reports that Netflix will debut a new comedy series called Short Poppies, created by and starring Rhys Darby, who played clueless band manager Murray on Flight of the Conchords.

Short Poppies is a mockumentary about a journalist visiting a small New Zealand town. Darby will play multiple roles, playing the journalist and all of the townsfolk. Netflix will debut the 8-episode series on April 3rd. This is the first time Darby has written and starred in his own project.

The 91 Best Comedies Currently Streaming Online

As Netflix original shows such as Orange is the New Black and House of Cards made splashes at the Golden Globes, it’s easy to forget that Netflix started as a movie delivery service. But Netflix, along with Amazon and Hulu, still offers plenty of great comedy movies and TV shows across a range of sub-genres. We sorted through those absurdly specific categories, stoner-pandering straight-to-streaming movies, and frustrating-looking standup specials to compile the best 91 comedies available for streaming across the three services. (This is a guide just to streaming services, so great shows like Eagleheart and The Eric Andre Show which are both available via their network's [...]

Talking to Aziz Ansari About His New Special, 'Parks and Rec', and Why He Prefers Standup to Films

Beloved by many as the stylish Tom Haverford on Parks and Recreation, Aziz Ansari has been amassing an impressive standup catalog for a young comic. At only 26, his first hour special, Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening, debuted on Comedy Central in 2009. In the spring of 2012, he self-released his next special Dangerously Delicious, and tomorrow, his new hour, Buried Alive, premieres on Netflix.

His new material, which delves deep into the world of dating, romance, and children, shows a more introspective side to his personality. But he's not just talking about himself; talking to audience members and questioning them about their own romantic journeys is now a central part [...]

Talking to Kathleen Madigan About Her New Standup Special, How Her Shows Are Like Bar Conversations, and Why She's Not Part of the Scene

A 25-year veteran of standup, Kathleen Madigan may be one of the most consistently great storytellers in comedy. Her third standup special, Madigan Again, premiered earlier this month on Netflix and will be available for download later this the year. She can also be seen on The Late Show with David Letterman next Friday, Sept. 27. I got the chance to talk to her over the phone recently about getting invited over to people's houses, not knowing real jokes, and why she and Lewis Black have never been in the cool kids' club.

How do you approach putting together a new special? Do you set out with a focus for the [...]

Watch a Season 8 Sneak Peek of 'Trailer Park Boys'

The new season of Trailer Park Boys won't be on Netflix until the fall, but for now there's this preview/round of life updates from Ricky, Julian, Bubbles, and even J-Roc. Julian runs a new bar/gym, Ricky has insulated his trailer with weed, Bubbles has started a "Shed-n-Breakfast" for kitties, and J-Roc has a new line of homemade vodka, so it sounds like things are going pretty well.

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin to Star in Netflix Comedy 'Grace and Frankie'

Today Netflix announced that they've signed former Nine to Five co-stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin to star in an upcoming original comedy series on the streaming network, Deadline reports. Titled Grace and Frankie, the half-hour series was created by Friends co-creator Marta Kaufmman and Howard J. Morris, who most recently produced on TBS's Sullivan & Son, and has earned a 13-episode order from Netflix.

According to the press release, Grace and Frankie stars Fonda and Tomlin "as long-time nemeses Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin) who are facing the last chapter of their lives. When their husbands announce they are in love with each other and plan to [...]

Why Has Netflix Removed Most of Its 'SNL' Library?

Back in September 2010, Netflix made the amazing announcement that they'd soon begin streaming every single episode of Saturday Night Live for "at least the next three years." Well, those three years have come and gone, and over the past few months, huge chunks of classic SNL episodes have been slowly lifted from Netflix's streaming selection.

As of today, the 1970s episodes are available as discs only, all 1980s and 1990s seasons are completely unavailable, and only seven seasons are streaming between 2000-2013. While temporary removal of shows on Netflix is pretty common, going from a full 38-season database to a measly 7-season offering paints a worrisome [...]

Why Is 'The Simpsons' STILL Not Available to Stream Online?

Time called it the the best television show of the 20th century, and Vulture voted it the greatest sitcom ever. It’s the longest-running animated show, sitcom, and scripted primetime TV show in US history. It's won 28 Emmys and last year scored its first Oscar nomination. When its first season was released on DVD, it became the best selling television DVD of all time. At the end of its 25th season, which starts this Sunday on Fox, it will have produced more than 550 episodes.

But look for episodes of The Simpsons online and you’ll come up short. Only the most recent five episodes are available on [...]