'Arrested Development' Season 4: Get Ready For a Serious TV Binge-Fest (VIDEO)

There's always money in the banana stand! And by "banana stand" I am of course referring to the much-loved and cancelled-before-its-time television series Arrested Development, which I am thrilled to report is coming back for a fourth season in 2013.

The rebooted season will be released via Netflix, and here's the really interesting part: all ten episodes will be made available on the video service on the same day.

An entire season released at once? Well, this is great news for those of us with bingeing issues, but . . . well, I'm just not sure. It's a little like Lindsay's stance against circumcision: "It's frightening when it's cut off. It's like a Doberman - let it have its ears." (Whereas "ears" = "weekly episodes," of course.)


The regular rollout of a popular television series gets people talking, and creates slobbering addicts out of those who have to wait for each episode to come out. I mean, show of hands for everyone who's ever counted down the day until their favorite show is on? Hell, Sunday evenings would just be a depressing reminder of the weekend's inevitable death if it wasn't for Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Mad Men, and Game of Thrones.

Here's what Arrested Development fans are going to do: we're going to mainline all 10 episodes at once, then lie around moaning and burping and wishing there was just one more. People will be pissing each other off on Twitter by posting inevitable spoilers ("You cornballer! I'm only on episode 5!"). Recaps and reviews will be all over the place, and watercooler talk won't be able to include that old standby of "Did you see [popular show] last night?"

Then again, maybe Arrested Development represents the new on-demand entertainment model we're shifting towards. Maybe they're gun-shy from past history and don't want to gamble on losing viewers over time. Maybe they want to make as much money as possible and this was the best way to do that. Maybe the all-at-once Netflix model offers a different viewing experience, as show creator Mitch Hurwitz alluded to:

There’s going to be some mystery sprinkled throughout this (but) instead of watching one a week and try to get ahead of it, the hope is (fans) will watch them all together and then go back and look for clues and connections. We’d also like to use the technology to provide additional material, where you might be able to access another part of the story.

Hmmmm. *strokes chin thoughtfully*

Anyway: gift horses, mouths. Weekly or all in one big streaming dump (what?), I'm just glad it's coming back.

Hurwitz told reporters at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas that he had originally planned to build each episode of season 4 around a different character, but the scripts now more closely resemble the old show. He didn't mention the long-rumored Arrested Development movie, but said he'd be open to more seasons via Netflix.

Here's a video of Hurwitz and the cast:

How excited are you about a new Arrested Development season? Do you like the idea of getting all 10 episodes at once, or would you prefer a weekly release?

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