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\Web TV News: April 7, 2013.

The big news is the Arrested Development remix coming May 26!

Netflix has a pretty epic press release out of this, it having the largest largesse of their latest original content offerings.  (Press release below.)  They are known for their exacting viewer data analysis — down to knowing and viewing the frame that users will most pause a show.  Netflix is leading the way in WebTV:

  • For one low monthly price, Netflix members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.  Who wouldn’t want NO COMMERCIALS? 
  • All 15 new episodes of the comedy series will be available to watch at 12:01am Pacific time (that’s 3am to the East Coast) to Netflix subscribers in the US, Canada, the UK, Latin America, Brazil, and the Nordic region.  (Via Electronista).  More to come eventually I’m sure.

Why is all at once the best way to release a web series?  Despite the recent media outrage at a word, “Binge viewing” is actually a wonderful way to watch TV on the internet (aka “WEBTV”) and should be encouraged by content providers.  I watched Weeds on Netflix and absolutely ran through all five seasons.  The 6th season somebody gave me VHS tapes 4 episodes at a time.  Two years later I watched the 7th & 8th seasons during a weekend-long Showtime “freeview” that I didn’t find out about until Saturday night.  My ass literally hurt for a week later but I watched two seasons in one day.  Well worth it.  I’m sure I’m not the only one because:

Orange is the New Black is coming soon!

Finally the New York Times had a decent article detailing the broadcast history of Arrested Development, including a hastily aired batch of final episodes and the idea to air a series of new episodes to lead up to a movie.

Truck and c-stands, umbrellas as Orange is the New Black production sets up for a rainy production day.

Orange is the New Black in production in NYC, 2013

Here’s the press release from the Netflix Website:

Apr 4, 2013

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., April 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Netflix will premiere its highly-anticipated fourth season of Arrested Development on Sunday, May 26, 2013. All 15-episodes of the Emmy® Award-winning comedy from series creator/executive producer Mitchell Hurwitz will be available for members to watch instantly at launch.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101014/SF81638LOGO)

Arrested Development will be available to all Netflix members instantly at 12:01 AM PDT in territories where Netflix is available – U.S., Canada, the UK, Ireland, Latin America, Brazil and the Nordics.

Arrested Development is now widely viewed as one of the top TV comedies of all time and Mitch Hurwitz is bringing it to Netflix in a brand new way, crafted for the on-demand generation that has come to discover the show in the years since it last appeared on TV,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix. “The highly anticipated return of this show is sure to make history all over again.”

“Ted said that?  Wow. Well don’t print this obviously, but he’s going to be immensely disappointed.  In truth we are doing something very ambitious that can only be done with Netflix as partners and on their platform.  Finally my simple wish for the show is coming true: that it be broadcast every second around the clock to every television, computer or mobile device in existence,” said series creator and executive producer Mitch Hurwitz.

Arrested Development centers around Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) and his eccentric family comprised of his son George Michael (Michael Cera), his father George Bluth Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor), his mother Lucille (Jessica Walter), his brothers George Oscar Bluth II (Will Arnett), Buster Bluth (Tony Hale) and sister Lindsay Funke (Portia de Rossi), and Lindsay’s husband Tobias (David Cross) and their daughter Maeby (Alia Shawkat).

Mitchell Hurwitz, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Jim Vallely and Troy Miller are executive producers on Arrested Development, and it is produced by Imagine TV and 20th Century Fox Television for Netflix. Arrested Development has garnered accolades from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Emmy®), AFI, the Golden Globes, Producer’s Guild Awards, Screen Actor’s Guild, the Television Critics Association and the Writer’s Guild, among others.

About Netflix, Inc.

Netflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with more than 33 million members in 40 countries enjoying more than one billion hours of TV shows and movies per month, including original series. For one low monthly price, Netflix members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments. Learn more about how Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) is pioneering Internet television at www.netflix.com or follow Netflix on Facebook and Twitter. Netflix’s original series include the political drama “House of Cards,” which stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright; “Hemlock Grove,” Eli Roth’s murder mystery series based on Brian McGreevy’s gripping novel of the same name; Jenji Kohan’s upcoming series “Orange is the New Black,” which stars Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon and Jason Biggs; and the second season of “Lilyhammer,” which stars Steven Van Zandt.

SOURCE Netflix, Inc.

And the local rockland paper, in case the link ever goes bad:

The new Netflix original series, “Orange is the New Black,” is slated to film tomorrow at a Rockland County bar called the Pearl River Hotel.

Developed by “Weeds” creator Jenji Kohan, “Orange” stars Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman, who’s sentenced to a year in a federal penitentiary after she’s connected to a drug-running operation. According to Netflix’s press website, “Piper must trade her comfortable New York life with fiancé Larry [“American Pie’s” Jason Biggs] for an orange prison jumpsuit and a baffling prison culture where she is forced to question everything she believes about herself and the world at large.”

Premiering this summer, the “dramedy” also stars Michelle Hurst, Kate Mulgrew, Natasha Lyonne, Laura Prepon, Michael Harney, Maria Dizzia and Pablo Schreiber.

Newsday Westchester confirmed that crews descended on the Pearl River Hotel on Wednesday to prep for the shoot, which was scheduled to take place today. Because of the winter storm, the film shoot has been rescheduled for Friday. Roughly half a mile north of the New Jersey border, the popular dive bar at South Main Street and East Central Avenue is footsteps from the Pearl River train station.

Netflix apparently loves the Hudson Valley. Premiering in May, the fourth and final season of “Arrested Development” stars Rye native Jason Bateman and Pound Ridge homeowner Jessica Walter. It is narrated and produced by Armonk resident Ron Howard and features cameos byChappaqua resident Ben Stiller, former Mahopac resident Henry Winkler and former Scarsdale resident Liza Minelli.

Netflix also called upon Bedford native Kate Mara to star in its first original series, “House of Cards,” which premiered last month and starts filming its second season soon.

SOURCE: http://newyork.newsday.com/entertainment/things-to-do/hudson-buzz-1.3774483/netflix-series-orange-is-the-new-black-filming-in-rockland-1.4761288

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