Recently my kids have taken to overusing the phrase “Come On!” or “Oh Come On!”. Apparently its something they picked up from Doofenshmirtz on Phineas and Ferb but all I can think of is…
How do you like your TV?
Well in 2012 Netflix is banking on the idea that you like your TV in binges and they will probably be right. Binge TV viewing has been on the rise over the last few years first with the advent of DVD releases of full seasons, DVR viewing and more recently streaming services (and other methods of digital viewing I’m sure…).
I for one am a victim of binge viewing. I’d much rather sit down and plow through 4 or 5 episodes of a series in a given night than wait a full week in between episodes. It started off as procrastination but now its become a way of life and some TV execs are getting the hint. You see binge viewing is bad for TV ratings. Oh sure those DVR shows count when you watch them but networks are commonly looking at the C3 rating which includes data for viewing within three days of airing or maybe looking at a seven day window. Those of us that wait months while the episodes pile up on our DVR and then binge through or even worse waiting for them to show up on Netflix and watching them all there? Well those aren’t going to help your favorite shows stay on the air.
Netflix is on the cusp to buck this trend with their recent and upcoming stabs into the world of original programming. Being that they aren’t a network and are not bound to advertisers they can pretty much do whatever they want. Like for example, dropping all 10 episodes of the new Arrested Development season on the same day. Crazy? Perhaps but Netflix used this same approach with their original series “Lilyhammer” a couple of months ago. And why not? Entertainment is constantly moving towards an on demand model anyway where I decide what and when I want to watch something.
So is this good or bad? Well time will tell if this shift in the industry catches on.
More troubling? Are we all prepared for little George Michael (not the singer/songwriter) to look like this:
Arrested Development (the little show that couldn’t not the 90’s alternative hip hop group) is not only coming back for the oft rumored movie (I first posted on the rumor of a movie back in 2007) but its also coming back for an abbreviated season.
The details are a bit unclear but it looks like there will be 9 or 10 episodes, each dealing with an individual character and where they are now. That will then be followed up by a full on movie which will hit theaters in 2013 and focus on the reunion of our dysfunctional friends. What isn’t known is what network will air the show but it looks like Showtime or Netflix are the front runners at this point.
So can we believe it this time? We’ve been hearing about the movie since the show went off the air and each time the rumors heat up, they just as quickly die back down for months at a time. This time it does appear as though its being “confirmed”, at least if you can believe Will Arnett who tweeted “I’m peeing with
@batemanjason at the moment..and we can confirm that we are going to make new AD eps and a movie”
What I can’t decide is if I want this or not. Don’t get me wrong I’m a huge fan of the show and was upset to see it go off the air but when it comes back…what if its not as good anymore? Will the legion of AD fans just say its good even if it isn’t? Shouldn’t we all be careful what we wish for? I mean we wished for more Star Wars and look where that has gotten us? Do we really want more Arrested Development, or should we just remember it for the comic genius it always will be and not tarnish the legacy…