At 4:41 this morning, Netflix sent out a tweet that stunned the world:
“We’ve made a huge mistake! There are actually 15 new episodes of Arrested Development on May 26.”
Are you freaking out right now? You should be freaking out right now. Because not only do we now have a release date for the new season, we also are apparently getting 5 bonus episodes (previous statements indicated there would only be 10 new episodes). All 15 episodes will drop at once, so make sure to load up on snacks beforehand and prepare yourself for an epic Memorial Day weekend Netflix binge. [Gawker]
Kristin Wiig is hands down one of the funniest women ever. And “Arrested Development” was one of the most hilarious (if underrated) television shows out there. So the idea of those two things somehow combining has me very excited.
Wiig signed up to appear on the Netflix-only season of the resurrected show a couple of months ago, but we weren’t sure what character she’d be playing. Until now… Keep reading »
It’s so utterly strange to see supermodel Kate Moss proffer up a genuine smile, so we felt the need to record it. Here she is with her daughter Lila Grace (whose father is ex Jefferson Hack), single-handedly bolstering the video rental market, because of course Kate Moss is too cool for a Netflix account.
“I will admit that the day a bigger group of the cast did get together really was amazing. We were in an old set and hearing some of those voices together. I think everyone involved was kind of dumbstruck by it. It really wasn’t supposed to happen in a way; shows don’t ‘come back.’ And this was the moment we realized it had.”
–Mitch Hurwitz, mastermind behind the Greatest Show In History, “Arrested Development,” describes the feeling on the set as the cast reunited to film 10 new episodes that will air exclusively on Netflix. While Hurwitz carefully sidesteps any spoilers (“We have this new JarJar Bluth character so there’s no way anyone will be disappointed”), there are a ton of other fascinating gems in his interview with Vulture, including details about Gob’s Segway and the beyond-exciting revelation that the the show might be coming back for more than 10 episodes. Be still, my Bluth-loving heart! [Vulture]
Sometimes I feel like everyone in the world is leading a more exciting life than I am, and then Netflix announces that online viewing surpassed 1 billion hours in June, and I realize that we all spend the majority of our lives watching “Law & Order: SVU” marathons in bed, and I feel so much better about myself. Seriously though, one billion hours–what a daunting figure. Could we have cured cancer and stopped global warming and eradicated LMFAO in that time? Most likely, but come on, our dedication to online media has yielded impressive returns in the form of brilliant Ron Swanson quotes and heated “Game of Thrones” discussions at otherwise lighthearted social events.
Tell us: how many hours did you contribute to this milestone? Did you discover any amazing new shows or movies last month that we should be adding to our queues? After all, we’ve gotta buckle down if we want to hit 2 billion hours this month! [The Atlantic]
Comedian Mark Malkoff, the same guy who once lived on a plane for 30 days, wanted to find out how many movies he could possibly stand, er, watch on Netflix in one month. The answer: Two hundred and fifty-two (his goal had been 250). In recognition of his achievement, Netflix invited Malkoff to its Los Gatos headquarters, where he met CEO Reed Hastings; the company also named June 11 “Mark Malkoff Day.” Read more …
I never thought it would get this serious. First it was an after-work thing. Then it was weekends. Eventually we were seeing each other anytime I had two hours to spare. This is the story of how I fell in love with Netflix. Keep reading »
It’s breakup season. So, if your boo dissed you, a clever Reddit user has found the perfect way to make your ex get their comeuppance. He decided to get back at his cheating ex-girlfriend by going on a rampage through her movie ratings so all her recommendations would be a bitch slap across the internets. Now, even Netflix knows what she did last summer and is suggesting she should watch things like “Unfaithful,” “Indecent Proposal,” and “The Scarlet Letter.” Genius! Although, we’re not quite sure how “Bambi” made it in there. Oh Netflix, you so craaaaazy! [Dangerous Minds] Keep reading »
You thought all you had to worry about with Netflix was a big old scratch across “The Nanny Diaries” DVD, didn’t you? But be warned: if you’re LGBT and still in the closet, competitors in Netflix’s recommendations contest might be on to you.
According to the tech blog Switched, “Jane Doe,” a closeted lesbian mother, filed a lawsuit against Netflix last week because she claims the DVD rental company is violating consumers’ privacy by inadvertently making their personal business, like sexual orientation, known to the public. The lawsuit seeks $2,500 for each of Netflix’s customers, which are now over two million people. Keep reading »