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  • t_e_n_k_a_y t_e_n_k_a_y Dec 13, 2012 3:02 PM Flag

    "Arrested Development" expands episode count

    Originally 10 episodes were planned, but that will be expanded to between 12 and 15 episodes because they want to expand story arcs and start new arcs.

    "“We are thrilled with the direction of the show, with the footage we have seen and with the relationship between Mitch, Imagine, 20th and Netflix,” a Netflix spokeswoman said. “At this time, we are not confirming or announcing the final episode count but we are sure fans will be thrilled when we do.”

    Does it really matter how many episodes there are? It's one continuous story. Eli Roth has commented that "Hemlock Grove" is a 13 hour movie and he doesn't even break it up into episodes in his own mind. Hour episodes is a thing of the past, it's a creature of timeslot TV that restricts CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, The CW, HBO, Showtime and Starz.

    The idea of sitting around and waiting for a weekly installment of your favorite show is going to seem prehistoric in the next few years. Netflix proposes the simple truth, "If the entire season is already in the can, then why can't the consumer see it all at once?"

    And another point, every year CBS introduces 3 new dramas into its primetime lineup, but because the 3 hours of primetime are fixed and inflexible 3 older shows have to be cancelled. Right now, CBS has already cancelled two shows and is deciding whether the third cancellation will be "The Good Wife" or "CSI: NY" or "The Mentalist". All the shows have devoted fans, all have life in them, but timeslot TV demands one of them be cancelled. FX cancelled "Terriers" and that show has moved on to Netflix where it has become a cult hit.

    Netflix will never have this problem. There is no primetime. There are no timeslots. New shows entering doesn't necessarily mean an existing show being cancelled. Think about the possibilities of just how big a Global Internet TV Station could become when it isn't imprisoned into timeslots and primetime restrictions.

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