"Arrested Development" wants to challenge viewers by fully utilizing Netflix's capabilities
Mitch Hurwitz wants to fully use the capabilities of the Netflix platform with Season 4 of Arrested Development.
According to Huffington Post & GQ Magazine:
Lead actor Jason Bateman "... because the action in these 14 episodes happens simultaneously ... And the action across the episodes is happening simultaneously. If I'm driving down the street in my episode and Gob's going down the sidewalk on his Segway, you could stop my episode, go into his episode, and follow him and see where he's going."
"It's not exactly like a Choose Your Own Adventure type of thing, but Mitch has written these episodes exclusively for the distribution platform and format of Netflix, knowing that they were all going to be released, like an album, on the same day. So certain clues are revealed to you based on the order in which you watch them. There will be an order that is suggested, but because part of the fun of what he does is so dense and multilayered—I mean, if you could see the writers' room before we started shooting—the cards and literally the strings of yarn, different colored characters where plotlines and index cards are matched to this one, and then there's an entire other room that is the movie. It looks like A Beautiful Mind."
David Cross told The Hollywood Reporter that "Arrested Development" on Netflix will change TV.
"I think when it’s over, [fans are] gonna be aching," Cross told THR about the revival. "Particularly, this last, fourth season, what Mitch [Hurwtiz, "Arrested Development" creator] did and how he’s able to tell the story through the Netflix model -- I think it’s going to redefine what television can be and stories can be and how they’re presented. And I really think it's gonna be historical in a sense; that we're gonna look back on it in 10, 20, 30 years, and it will be a very important thing that Mitch and Netflix have done."
My Comment: The bashers should dust off their Marshall McLuhan. The medium changes everything about the message.
It is really wild what Hurwitz is trying to accomplish with Arrested Development. Netflix allows for different types of content which could never survive on linear TV which is far too monolithic to allow such experimentation. Sometimes artists create something which takes awhile to appreciate and Netflix allows for that maturing interest to develop. "Moby #$%$" sold 300 copies during Melville's lifetime. If "Moby #$%$" were a TV show, it would have been cancelled after the first episode and quietly put in a coffin never to be heard from again. Essentially, Netflix saved "Mad Men" from a similar grave. More people have seen "Mad Men" on Netflix then on AMC.