They’ve made a huge mistake.
The fourth season of “Arrested Development,” released on Netflix all at once this past Sunday, was always originally discussed publicly by CEO Reed Hastings as a “fantastic one-off” that came about through “non-repeatable” circumstances. He also went as far to say that “we don’t anticipate being able to do seasons five, six, seven. We have less of a stake in it.”
Not even a week later, though, he’s changing his tune. Hastings told CNBC “if the talent were willing to do more… I’m sure we would be willing.”
Clearly, the 15 new episodes have done gang-busters for Netflix’s numbers, although those are not publicly disclosed. Analysts have determined, however, that 10 percent of those who watched the show within the first 48 hours ignored creator Mitch Hurwitz’s recommendation not to binge-watch and steamrolled through all of them.
Hurwitz also has said this was never intended to be the end for “Arrested Development.” He’s discussed the Netflix season as being the first act for a feature film, but maybe those other two acts could be two more seasons?
Movie acts are usually seven or so hours apiece, right?