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“Arrested Development” fourth season to be released all at once online


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We still have a ways to wait before “Arrested Development” comes to a Netflix-capable device near us, but creator Mitch Hurwitz just announced a change in plans that will sweeten the deal. During a Netflix-sponsored event in Las Vegas, Hurwitz announced that they will be releasing the full 10-episode “Arrested Development” season at once.

Thank goodness for that. The original plan was to have each episode released like an anthology that would catch viewers up on what the various characters were up to in the time between the end of season three and these new episodes. The season would lead up to the movie, which will be released (hopefully) at some point in 2013. But Hurwitz said that his new plan for “Arrested Development” will make it “more like the old show again,” according to Vulture.

To be clear, that means that all 10 new “Arrested Development” episodes will be released at once instead of over the course of two-and-a-half months. “There’s something exciting about trying to break the form again,” he said. The goal is to have people watch the new season all at once, and then go back and rewatch the episodes several time to try to catch all the red herrings and surprises that Hurwitz and his writers sprinkle in.

“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,” Hurwitz explained. “We’d also like to use the technology to provide additional material, where you might be able to access another part of the story.”

The plan is to have the show start shooting over the summer and be released on Netflix later this year. Unfortunately neither Hurwitz nor any of the cast in attendance at the event — Will Arnett, David Cross, Alia Shawkat, Jeffrey Tambor, and Jessica Walter — made any mention of the planned movie. Hurwitz did say he’d be open to making future seasons for Netflix, though.

Also, if you were hoping for the return of some of the show’s beloved secondary characters, at least one has a role in the upcoming season. Hurwitz confirmed that Bob Loblaw — one of the lawyers hired by the Bluth family — will be back for the fourth season.

“It’s kind of a one-joke thing. But if you guys don’t mind bringing it back, we’ll give it to you,” he said. According to Vulture, the audience definitely didn’t mind the idea.

Would you rather have more “Arrested Development” seasons or a movie? Let us know in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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