Netflix is Re-Releasing Arrested Development’s Fourth Season, This Time Recut in Chronological Order

Mike Yarish, Netflix
Mike Yarish, Netflix

If you’re a fan of Arrested Development, you’ll undoubtedly be celebrating Cinco de Cuatro this Friday. And what better way is there to do that than with a Bluth family binge-watch—only one in which the cult series’ long-awaited fourth season is slightly better than you remember from the first time around? Series creator Mitchell Hurwitz took to the show’s official Twitter to announce that a recut version of season four (which he first teased back in 2014) will be streaming on Netflix beginning Friday, May 4.

For many of the brilliant-but-cancelled comedy’s fans, season four was a bit of a disappointment, specifically because of its experimental narrative style (or what Hurwitz calls “a Rashomon-style of storytelling”), where each episode only focused on one or two characters—not the entire clan—which altered the spirit of Michael’s “family first” mantra.

“The goal was that by the end of the season, a unified story of cause and effect would emerge for the viewer—full of surprises about how the Bluths were responsible for most of the misery they had endured,” Hurwitz explained. “In some ways to be an experience for that viewer, perhaps, akin to eating some toast, then some bacon—maybe a sliced tomato followed by some turkey and realizing, ‘Hey, I think I just had a BLT.”

Because of the edits, the revamped season—which is officially being called Arrested Development Season 4 Remix: Fateful Consequences—will be comprised of 22 episodes versus the original 15 installments (though they’ll be shorter this time around).

Why drop the redux now? Well, because it’s Cinco de Cuatro, of course. But also because it sounds as if season five might be arriving sooner than you think. Though no official date for the all-new season has been announced, Hurwitz did promise that it will be “coming back to Netflix soon. Like real soon. Like, if you knew when, you would not be wrong to be thinking, ‘why are we all just hearing this now?’” (You can read Hurwitz’s full statement below.)

[h/t The Verge]

Friends's Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc Once Pitched the Idea of a Phoebe and Joey Romance

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Hulton Archive/Getty Images

It's hard not to get sucked into all the romantic relationships that Ross, Chandler, Monica, Joey, Rachel, and Phoebe had on the hit '90s sitcom Friends. And if you're a devout fan of the show, you probably have some opinions of your own on the various love interests seen throughout the 10 seasons. Or you may even have rooted to see relationships play out that never happened. For those viewers who ever hoped to see Phoebe and Joey get together: you're not alone. That was one romance Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc pushed for, too.

During a joint interview with Entertainment Weekly back in 2016 (per Insider), Kudrow and LeBlanc, who played Phoebe and Joey, respectively, revealed that they had pitched a secret affair between their characters at one point in the show. When asked why the pair never got together, LeBlanc explained:

"Towards the end we actually pitched the idea that Joey and Phoebe had been having casual sex the entire time. We’d go back and shoot all the historical scenes and just before a moment that everyone recognizes, there’s Joey and Phoebe coming out of a broom closet together. But they were like, 'Nah.'"

While the idea sounds like it was shot down pretty quickly, imagine the Central Perk crew finding out that Joey and Phoebe had been having an affair all along. But for now, this reveal from the actors is all just a "moo point" at the end of the day.

[h/t Entertainment Weekly]

You Could Get Paid to Watch Disney+ While Social Distancing

She’s excited to belt out both parts of Aladdin and Jasmine’s "A Whole New World."
She’s excited to belt out both parts of Aladdin and Jasmine’s "A Whole New World."
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In October 2019, Reviews.org chose five lucky couch potatoes for its “Disney+ Dream Job,” a position that paid people $1000 and gave them a year-long Disney+ subscription to watch 30 Disney programs in 30 days.

Now, the technology review site is accepting applicants for a similar (albeit less time-consuming) role: 10 people will receive a $200 Visa gift card and a free year of Disney+ to watch one single Disney film. Since most Disney movies are around 90 minutes long, your one-time wage works out to about $133 per hour.

To enter, all you have to do is send an email to giveaways@reviews.org with “Dream Job” in the subject line and your name and the title of your favorite Disney film in the body of the email. Winners will be selected at random, so you don’t have to worry about trying to pick the “right” movie or explaining why you’re the right person for the job. You do, however, have to be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen. Submissions will be accepted through Thursday, April 10, and winners will be notified by email on the following Monday, April 13.

While October’s dream job was more about drumming up excitement for Disney+, which was a brand-new platform at the time, this one is all about encouraging social distancing and supporting people through the coronavirus crisis. With Disney+’s wide array of entertainment at your disposal—from National Geographic animal documentaries to animated classics you loved as a kid—you might feel a little less bored while you’re camped out on your couch.

If you want to check out Disney+ for yourself, head here to learn how to get a free seven-day trial.

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