Arrested Development Lands Kristen Wiig

kristen wiig arrested developmentSaturday Night Live alum Kristen Wiig has signed on to guest star in the upcoming Netflix revival of Arrested Development.  In addition to Wiig, Seth Rogan has also agreed to appear on the show that will premiere on Netflix in May.  It is unknown what role Rogan will play, but Wiig is rumored to be playing a younger version of Lucille Bluth (played brilliantly by Jessica Walter) which would make her Lucille 3 on the show.

If you are a fan of this blog, and there are many, you know that we are big fans of Arrested Development.  The cancellation of this show represents all that is wrong with American Television.  The fact that a brilliant show like Arrested Development can get cancelled while shows like 2 Broke Girls and Whitney continue to live just shows how incredibly stupid most Americans are.

We know that fans of our blog are no doubt fans of this brilliant show and are probably counting down the days to it’s premiere along with us so when I say most of America is stupid, I don’t mean those that are fans of Arrested Development of course.

We fans know however that so many people did not watch this show.  I am concerned with all the news the revival is getting.  I have always thought that this revival was done for us the fans.  What I’m worried about now is that all the hype is going to bring other people in to watching the show.  I am not ok with that.  To be honest, if you didn’t watch the show when it aired originally, you shouldn’t get to watch the revival.  That is just for fans.  Yes, I am an Arrested Development snob, but it is necessary.

Can you imagine having to have a conversation with someone at work who just watched it for the first time?  They aren’t going to understand anything about the Blue Man Group:


They won’t know that Franklin hates honkeys:


They won’t understand that Gob likes to dress well:


They certainly won’t understand what you mean when you say chicken dance:


We can’t have new people watching this show.  It is for us.  We don’t want new fans of Arrested Development.  Rest easy fair fans.  We will do something about this.  Prior to the airing of the new season of Arrested Development, we will be posting a quiz here at MWTVG to gauge a prospective Arrested Development show watcher’s worthiness.  If you pass the test, you will be allowed to watch the show.  If you can’t, then you must go back to watching what is no doubt your favorite show, 2 Broke Girls.

All 14 episodes of the new season of Arrested Development will be posted on Netflix all at once in May.  The exact date in May is TBD but when we find that day out, I’ll be calling in sick to work.

2 Comments on Arrested Development Lands Kristen Wiig

  1. It’s fascinating that they will release all 13 at once. How will they make money on this? I hope it’s not a Howard Stern situation where they think a lot of people will join Netflix just because of this show. People didn’t watch it the first time. Which makes no sense as this may have been the best sitcom of all time (including Seinfeld, Friends, Cheers, Mash, etc).

    Godspeed Netflix. I hope this works and we can see another 13 Episodes of AD in the future.

    • Midwest Mike // February 21, 2013 at 8:58 am //

      Subscriptions is how they are going to make money. They are developing several of their own shows that people will have to join Netflix to see. House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright is their first show. They paid $100 million for it and right now it is the most watched offering they have ever had on Netflix. They are in development with Dreamworks right now for an animated series and they have Arrested Development in the works.

      Putting all episodes out at once is a brilliant move. It’s a game changer for the TV industry. Now the viewer has total control over when they watch their shows. Additionally, streaming on Netflix means that the writers of these shows aren’t constrained by commercial breaks or time constraints. They don’t have to write in natural points for a commercial break and if they want an episode to be an hour and 3 minutes they can or if it’s just 50 minutes, it can be.

      Netflix has a chance to change the way TV operates. There are going to be a lot of big names working hard against Netflix but this is something that can be a great thing for us the TV consumer. We should all be supporting Netflix because it would force everyone to change.

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