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Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 10:42PM EDT
Arrested Development creator: We couldn't cut Jeffrey Tambor out of Season 5 because "there would be no show"
The news that Tambor was being investigated for sexual harassment on the Transparent set broke on Nov. 8. Mitch Hurwitz wrapped filming on Season 5 at the end of November, and says Tambor was "as surprised by it as I was" by the allegations. Hurwitz says he checked with Arrested's cast and crew, as well as Netflix and studio 20th Century Fox, to see if Tambor had been the subject of any sexual misconduct complaints. Tambor wasn't fired from the Amazon series until Feb. 15. So given the information Hurwitz had at the time, he said he proceeded with Tambor on the show. “We were done shooting — there was no version of cutting him out of the show, or there would be no show,” Hurwitz explains, adding: “Am I going to cut Jeffrey out of the show, based on allegations that he disputes, that Amazon hasn’t shared, and that we have never experienced any complaints about? No, of course I am not going to…. I’m going to support Jeffrey.”
Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 10:42PM EDT
Dermot Mulroney to form a "special bond" with Lucille Bluth on Arrested Development
Creator Mitch Hurwiz says Mulroney will play a "guileless" lawyer-turned-surfer named Dusty. “He has a relationship of sorts with Lucille,” he says.
Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 9:56AM EDT
Arrested Development cast to get a pay bump for remixed Season 4 episodes
Producer 20th Century Fox will compensate the actors for seven episodes. The remix expanded Season 4 from 15 to 22 episodes.
Posted Wednesday 5/16/18 at 5:46PM EDT
Portia de Rossi says she's done with acting after Arrested Development Season 5
The actress tells wife Ellen DeGeneres she actually decided to quit acting 18 months ago after Shonda Rhimes wrote her off Scandal. But Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz convinced her to do Season 5 of the Netflix series. “I called Mitch Hurwitz, who’s the creator of Arrested Development and I said, ‘If there is a season 5, I won’t be doing it because I quit acting. And he seemed really understanding and he totally got it," de Rossi recalls. "We had a great conversation, and then he wrote me into five episodes. Don’t know how it happened, but yes, I am on Season 5.” Ellen says de Rossi is quitting acting because she didn't like doing press and talk show interviews. De Rossi, who turned 45 in January, adds: “I was approaching 45 and I just kind of … was wondering is there something that I could tackle now that I’ve never done before that would be really challenging and different. I kind of knew what acting would look like for me for the next 10, 20 years, so I decided to quit and start a business."
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
Arrested Development's Season 4 remix is such a mess it might as well be called "Ron Howard Audiobook"
"Mitch Hurwitz tore apart a great season of television simply because viewers didn’t like it," Daniel Schroeder says of the Season 4 remix. "Now we’re stuck with a misshapen garbage heap of comedy remnants." He adds: "The remix suffers from an aggressive amount of narration. It might as well just be a Ron Howard audiobook. To stitch together all these disjointed but intersecting plots Howard must over-narrate every step of the way, constantly reminding the viewer of all the plot threads stuffed into each 22-minute episode. The remix trades delayed gratification for cheap shortcuts to punchlines that fall flat without any substance to support them."
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 8:06PM EDT
Arrested Development Season 4 remix sparks cast pay dispute
Creator Mitch Hurwitz is making extra money from the 22-episode, 22-minute recut Season 4 episodes, dubbed Arrested Development Season 4 Remix: Fateful Consequences, which is aimed at making that season more syndication-friendly. But the rest of the cast isn't, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which points out that the remix uses footage that wasn't part of the original 15 episodes. According to The Hollywood Reporter's Lesley Goldberg, "Reps for the cast have asked for additional fees to correspond with the additional episodes but 20th has balked, arguing that it has the right to re-edit the existing episodes that have already aired however it chooses without paying the actors more. The cast position is that the additional episode count effectively reduces the pay-per-episode that was negotiated, especially since the studio stands poised for a financial windfall thanks to a possible syndication pact. "
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 10:26PM EDT
Arrested Development's remixed Season 4 is much zippier, but it isn't much improved
Mitch Hurwitz's Arrested Development Season 4 Remix: Fateful Consequences transforms 13 30-plus minute episodes into 22 23-ish minute episodes, and the results are a better-paced and more binge-watching friendly show, says Kelly Lawler. However, that doesn't make up for Season 4's biggest flaw: that cast members filmed their scenes separately from each other. "The editing also can't fix the fact that they just couldn't get these actors in the same room very often," says Lawler. "The spark of Arrested was often in the chemistry between the entire ridiculous cast reacting off each other."
Posted Tuesday 5/01/18 at 1:51PM EDT
Arrested Development creator to release a Season 4 "remix" on Friday, says Season 5 is coming "like real soon"
Mitch Hurwitz said in a letter posted today that “in between Season 4 and this upcoming Season 5, I had time to take that Rashomon-type story and recut it — shuffling the content from 15 individualized stories into 22 interwoven stories the lengths of the original series.” The remix will be officially titled, Arrested Development Season 4 Remix: Fateful Consequences. ALSO: David Cross says Russo Brothers offered to fly him from London for Arrested-themed Avengers: Infinity War cameo, but he was too busy.
Posted Friday 3/30/18 at 9:30PM EDT
How Arrested Development's shooting style helped make it one of TV's most quotable shows
The ability to shoot more scenes than your average single-camera comedy helped Mitch Hurwitz and his writers create multi-layer jokes, as a YouTube video essay explains.