When season four of "Arrested Development" debuts on Netflix Instant sometime next year, fans will be able to access them all at once. There will be no waiting week-to-week for a new episode. It's like a fire... sale!
That's great news for a few reasons:
"Arrested" has always been the kind of show that works best when watching episodes back-to-back. The stories are often complex and carry over from week to week. The show really started to gain in popularity on DVD because viewers could absorb them that way.
Part of the reason it never gained much traction on TV (other than FOX's poor marketing and constant schedule changing) is it follows a serialized format. The show even makes fun of that at the end of every episode with a "on the next "Arrested Development" epilogue, which teases something that in fact doesn't happen in the next episode.
Netflix is playing this smart because it's a rental service - not a TV channel. It's already proven to be a game-changer with original series. It produced seven episodes of "Lilyhammer" with Steven Van Zandt as a New York mobster starting a new life in Norway. All seven episodes were posted all at once, and it was successful. A second season has already been ordered.
As far as "Arrested" goes, show creator Mitchell Hurwitz says he's open to doing more seasons after this 10-episode fourth season. Originally, those installments were going to each focus on one character, but Hurwitz has said that's changed a bit, and it's looking more like the original show. Production starts this summer.
There's also still presumably a feature-length movie in the works.
It'll be more fun than a "Motherboy" convention.