"I made a huge mistake."
It may have been a while since you heard the famous GOB slogan, but there is more where it comes from.
Arrested Development Season 5 has fallen today on Netflix . Creator Mitch Hurwitz promised that this season would be more in tune with the original three seasons of Arrested Development, which aired from 2003 to 2006. But this may not be the only thing that prevents viewers from relive the original seasons.
Here's how it goes:
When the original three seasons were broadcast on Fox in the early years, the show did not have enough audience and the series was canceled. However, a cult following appeared that only got stronger as the show was picked up by various streaming services.
Netflix signed an agreement in 2013 to bring back Arrested Development for a fourth season, ten years after the premiere of the series aired on Fox.
While it was a valiant effort, the creators fought to get the large group of cast members, many of whom had reached new levels of fame, in one place at a time. This led to a disjointed and puzzling season 4, with each episode dedicated to the story of a different character. In short, it was not the Stopped Development that we had spent 10 years loving.
Hurwitz recently returned to the season four drawing board, "remixing" the changes to turn the season into something more coherent.
And today, Season 5 lands on Netflix.
But even with the remix, the series still faces a huge advertising problem.
About a week ago, the cast of Arrested Development sits with The New York Times for an interview as part of the show's press tour. In the interview, the cast is questioned about the allegations against Jeffrey Tambor (George Bluth Sr.) on the set of Transparent, as well as an incident where Tambor admitted to blasting Jessica Walter (Lucille Bluth) in an interview with Hollywood Reporter.
If you have not read the interview, I suggest you do it now.
As Jessica Walter explains through her tears that she has never been treated in sixty years of work as Tambor has treated her, her men (especially Jason Bateman) have defended Tambor and excused his behavior. Needless to say, this created a huge backlash and pushed Netflix to cancel all appearances in the UK casting press tour.
Bateman, alongside Tony Hale and David Cross, apologized later for what they said in the interview.