Monday November 24, 2014

TV Blog Buzz: Finally time to talk about 'Arrested Development'?

Now that a couple of weeks have passed since the release of the new season of "Arrested Development" on Netflix it seems people feel it's finally a fair time to start talking about it.

If you're still making your way through the 15 episodes, beware potential spoilers ahead.

Critic Maureen Ryan argues the "Arrested Development" comeback proves that TV fans should be careful what they wish for when it comes to bringing back cancelled shows ( While creator Mitch Hurwitz's chaotically constructed new season seems designed for multiple viewings, Ryan writes that she only considers one of the episodes worth revisiting. She also has a list of five things to be learned from the "Arrested Development" reunion, including: the creator isn't always right, don't experiment for the sake of experiment, and maybe Netflix should reconsider its original-content strategy.

Hurwitz recently talked to reporters ( about the reactions to the show's latest episodes and what the future may bring. "Obviously everybody wants to be loved all the time, it's not realistic," he said, referring to some of the negative chatter coming from disappointed fans and critics. But it hasn't dissuaded him from continuing to think about different ways of storytelling, he added, so don't be surprised if another season of the show or a feature film is also creatively unconventional. "There are certain things that you agree with, certain things you grow from, and certain things that you kind of expect if you try something novel," he told reporters. "The bad news is I'm going to do it next time too. I like the idea of playing with the form and finding a new way to get at the themes of the family."

Big fans of Hurwitz will want to listen to his 45-minute interview with NPR's Fresh Air (, in which he talks about his family history that influenced the show, teaming up with Ron Howard, and how he relates most to George Michael's character.

Also talking about season 4 is Tony Hale, aka Buster Bluth, who got less screen than some of his fellow castmates in the new crop of episodes. "I would have loved to have been able to do more, but scheduling was a little tough," Hale explained to New York magazine's Vulture blog (, noting his commitments to HBO's "Veep" minimized his role, although he did get to give Buster a "dark turn."

And the New Yorker's Culture Desk blog has an ode to G.O.B's kiss-off song "Getaway" writer Ian Crouch calls it a "bouncy pop wonder" that's heard in several episodes (

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