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Aziz Ansari Is Releasing His New Standup Special Exclusively on Netflix November 1st

Netflix recently announced that they're expanding into original comedy specials, and now, the streaming service is prepping to release its biggest standup special yet: Aziz Ansari's latest, Buried Alive, which debuts exclusively on Netflix November 1st, according to The NY Times.

Ansari's third special, Buried Alive is based on his tour of the same name and he calls it "a lot more mature" than previous specials, focusing on his friends starting families while he lives his life as a comedian avoiding commitment. The special covers similar topics to his recently announced book, albeit with different content/jokes. Ansari, whose previous two specials debuted on Comedy Central and direct-to-fans via his [...]

Netflix Will Start Making Original Standup Specials

Netflix is getting into the standup special game. "Beyond series, we will be expanding our Originals initiative to include broadly appealing feature documentaries and standup comedy specials," the company announced yesterday in a letter to shareholders. Standup specials are already a huge part of Netflix's streaming service, but so far, they've only showcased specials that were produced via networks like Comedy Central or independently and then sold to Netflix. Comedy Central and HBO now have a new competitor in the standup special game.

Someone in Georgia Has an 'Arrested Development'-Inspired "Anustart" License Plate

It's been less than a month since Arrested Development's fourth season debuted on Netflix, but somebody already hopped on it and became the first known person to get a license plate inspired by the one on Tobias Fünke's car, "ANUSTART." Here's a photo of a Virginia license plate that reads "ANU STRT" (damn that 7-character limit). The car was spotted in Helen, Georgia, so keep an eye out for it if you happen to be one of our three readers who lives there.

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'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 [...]

‘Arrested Development’ Episode Reviews: Colony Collapse / Red Herring

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 the 'Arrested Development' Movie Is Next, Then Another Season of the Show

Mitch Hurwitz has big plans for the future of Arrested Development. The creator of the beloved series tells Rolling Stone he wants to do a movie next and another season of the show after that. Here's a quote from Hurwitz:

I'm working on the movie right now. I can't get into much more detail because I don't want to scare anybody off. I don't want to be presumptuous about it. I don't own the property outright – it's a 20th Century Fox property. But everybody seems really into it and really eager to make a movie …

A TV season is a six-month commitment, but I think it would [...]

Netflix in Talks to Pick Up Another Season of 'Arrested Development'

It looks like another Netflix season of Arrested Development may be in the future. Brian Grazer, Arrested Development producer and season 4 cameo-maker, revealed to Bloomberg Television in an interview yesterday that there have been talks with Netflix to make a fifth season. "We're in conversations with them to do another season," Grazer said. "They are interested in doing that. Mitch is ready to do it and so are the actors, so we're very excited about it.” News of Netflix officially being in talks for another season comes after the company's CEO Reed Hastings told CNBC in May that he was happy with the results of season 4 and [...]

Netflix Released an 'Arrested Development' Fakeblock App

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 [...]

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 [...]

John Hodgman's Live Performance 'Ragnarok' to Debut on Netflix June 20th

Here's a clip from John Hodgman: Ragnarok, the Daily Show comedian and author's self-described "one-man show/doomsday seminar" that is set to debut as a special on Netflix on June 20th. Hodgman toured the show all over the country last year before the date for his end of the world prediction proved false. Hopefully, the date for his Netflix special debut will turn out to be legitimate.

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 [...]

'New Girl's on Netflix

Want to catch up on New Girl? Fox just struck a deal with Netflix to send all past seasons to the streaming service, starting today. The new season starts on September 17th, so you've got time.

'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 [...]

‘Arrested Development’ Episode Reviews: Smashed / Queen B.

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 [...]