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Prison comedy-drama Orange Is the New Black is Netflix’s latest attempt at getting viewers to binge-watch an original series, after the successes of House of Cards and Arrested Development (2.0). Viewers accustomed to watching box-set DVDs or streaming HBO shows are no strangers to the just-one-more-episode mentality, and Netflix facilitates this (like a good enabler) by automatically playing the next episode.
So what’s it like to be a writer on a show that’s basically the entertainment version of crack? We asked Nick Jones, a story editor and writer for OITNB.
April Fools Day
There’s been something quite a-peeling going on this week in New York.
A real-life version of the infamous Bluth’s Frozen Banana stand has been touring the city to coincide with the fourth season of Arrested Development—and The Observer managed to get a real inside scoop.
Heading down to the Columbus Circle location on Tuesday, the Read More
Like we stated earlier today, April Fools’ Day is all a matter of perspective. As giant companies with an Internet presence jostle to be “viral” and “social media” (whatever that is), they use this time each year to outdo each other on false information about their products.
And this is fun? Funny? Sometimes. More often, it leaves us confused and excited/really upset for the amount of time it takes to send the link to a friend, whereupon we immediately realize that we have fallen for more April 1st tomfoolery.
This year, there were three “pranks” that really took the cake for their humorous/not humorous lies and misinformation.
Up & Down the Street
So Netflix just released the trailer for their new show House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey. Along with extra seasons of Arrested Development and an Eli Roth-directed horror series Hemlock Grove, House of Cards is part of Netflix’s gamble into original content. And while we can’t say for sure, it looks like this high-stakes political drama might pay off, big time.
Sometimes, sheer absurdity can be a beautiful thing to watch. Like Karl Rove on Fox News on election night. Or Will Arnett in pretty much any role he’s ever played. Or the behavior of Netflix stock over the past few weeks. After a year in which NFLX has Ping-Ponged between $53 and $133, it was suddenly—and absurdly—a safe haven in the midst of a post-Obama-re-election market meltdown. Apple may be taking over the world, but Netflix stock rose 2.5 percent to $78 last week while that of the Cupertino juggernaut fell by more than 5 percent. In hopes of getting by email spam filters and pesky copy editors, I will pose the resultant question as simply and cleanly as I can: WTF?
It’s been quite a month for shareholders of the DVD rental and online video streaming service.
Never let it be said that Netflix doesn’t understand how its users watch TV shows–all at once, in a binge-y, snack-filled fugue state.
Arrested Development, the show that has lived in suspended animation for almost twice as long as it was actually on television, is coming back to life through a new Netflix season and a feature film. The rumors are true! And not only that, but you, average person who is not a film extra, now have an opportunity for a walk-on role in the show!
(Insert your favorite Arrested Development line here. Ex: “I just blue myself,” “But where did the lighter fluid come from?” “Gene Parmesan!” etc.)
Liza Minnelli, who played mother figure / love interest “Lucille II” on the late, lamented Fox series Arrested Development, is to return for the show’s Netflix revival, says TV Guide.
Not Dead Yet
Who could have guessed it would finally happen? After many stops and starts, the Netflix Arrested Development revival, a ten-episode mini-season, is apparently ready to shoot. Jason Bateman, who starred in the three-season Fox comedy, Tweeted a picture with producer Ron Howard and show creator Mitch Hurwitz, and wrote in a caption: “All systems are Read More
Our hearts surged with hope when we heard the news: unlike so many of its charmingly archaic compatriots, Video Free Brooklyn will live another day. (And just after we learned that older immigrants were keeping VHS tradition alive in far-flung corners of the city!)
Might there be a small, but loyal band of movie lovers who want their rental stores back? Who are disappointed with Netflix’s poor streaming selection? Who wish to turn their backs on the drudgery of the queue? Dare we dream?