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(TV By the Numbers)   "Arrested Development" sequel responsible for Internet traffic jam Memorial Day weekend, with 36% of all Netflix users checking out at least one episode and almost 10% getting through whole series. Neat trick   (tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com) divider line 100
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2013-05-29 12:53:22 PM
You mean "The Netflick"?  I was impressed that we didn't have any buffering issues the whole time, and our house doesn't have the fastest of tubes.  It was a game-changing idea, it'll be curious to see where the industry (and the show, for that matter) goes from here.
 
2013-05-29 01:01:18 PM
Getting deeper into it, liking it more. That's all I can say for now.
 
2013-05-29 01:12:27 PM
So far it's hard to decide who's physically changed the most, Lindsey or Steve Holt
 
2013-05-29 01:12:30 PM
watched the first two episodes.  will watch and recommend the others.  funny as ever.

//Maby is not as cute though.  wha happen?
 
2013-05-29 01:16:22 PM
It's an illusion, subby. Tricks are what whores do for money.
 
2013-05-29 01:17:00 PM
I'm just starting to realize jokes that were in the earlier episodes. Like, for example, I got the joke in the second episode about Michael's musical as a kid and how him flying up created a "loose seal". I just realized now though that it was a play of Peter Pan, and the loose seal caught caught on Captain Hook. A hook and a loose seal. Love it.
 
2013-05-29 01:21:51 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-05-29 01:22:27 PM
That's actually kind of sad.
 
2013-05-29 01:28:25 PM

burber: So far it's hard to decide who's physically changed the most, Lindsey or Steve Holt


Maeby was looking pretty rough.
 
2013-05-29 01:29:15 PM

Rose McGowan Loveslave: watched the first two episodes.  will watch and recommend the others.  funny as ever.

//Maby is not as cute though.  wha happen?


She's not 15 anymore.
 
2013-05-29 01:35:56 PM

DamnYankees: I'm just starting to realize jokes that were in the earlier episodes. Like, for example, I got the joke in the second episode about Michael's musical as a kid and how him flying up created a "loose seal". I just realized now though that it was a play of Peter Pan, and the loose seal caught caught on Captain Hook. A hook and a loose seal. Love it.


That one goes back further than this season.
 
2013-05-29 01:40:38 PM
My wife and I never watched it and ended up doing a 25 episode binge (starting from episode 1) this weekend.  It was a great waste of a sunny day.
 
2013-05-29 01:41:11 PM

Yes please: That's actually kind of sad.


the weather was awful for a significant portion of the US for most of the weekend, so i think people can be forgiven for sticking in front of the tube
 
2013-05-29 01:41:54 PM
I was hoping this press release would get greenlit because it's an absolute marvel in how to say nothing while sounding like you're saying everything.  Let's start at the start:

"One DSL network had an astounding 36% of devices watching Netflix on Sunday watch at least part of one episode of Arrested Development. This was over 3x the number we saw for House of Cards (which had 11% viewing)."

Not "36% of all Netflix users checking out at least one episode," subby.  36% of users who were watching Netflix on Sunday watched at least PART of one episode.  And this is from one DSL network, not a representative survey.  In other words, we have no idea how many people were watching, just that on this particular network, a lot of people who were using Netflix were watching Arrested Development.  There's also no context (other than House of Cards).  How much traffic did Star Trek series get when they launched or any other show?

"One cable network saw a jump in Netflix traffic peak volumes of 10% on Sunday over the previous Sunday, with a corresponding 8% jump in the number of subscribers accessing Netflix overall. Even though this was a holiday weekend, Arrested Development was a significant contributor to that traffic jump."

Again, no context.  What does the normal Memorial Day bump look like?  If Netflix traffic increased by 7% week-over-week on Memorial Day 2012, well then an 8% bump isn't so great is it?

"Peak usage for Arrested Development on Netflix on Sunday was twice that traffic seen on Monday, with a range of 2-7% of total Netflix traffic on various networks being directly attributable to Arrested Development."

Again, this means nothing other than that more people watched on Sunday than Monday, which, duh.  Also, 2% of Netflix traffic going to AD doesn't sound that impressive.

"Arrested Development represented 10% of all Netflix traffic on one University network in the US."

It's the summer.  Most colleges are not in session.  So of the handful of students still on campus a couple binged the show.  Big deal.


I have no doubt that Arrested Development drove a decent amount of Netflix traffic, but to say that these numbers are in any way indicative of the success or failure of the show is just ridiculous.
 
2013-05-29 01:44:42 PM
It's not a trick, Submitter!  It's an illusion....
 
2013-05-29 01:52:46 PM
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-05-29 01:55:10 PM

sub_v2.0: It's an illusion, subby. Tricks are what whores do for money.


Or candy.
 
kab
2013-05-29 02:04:31 PM

Rose McGowan Loveslave: watched the first two episodes.  will watch and recommend the others.  funny as ever.

//Maby is not as cute though.  wha happen?


I've seen two so far, and while they're still decent, I must agree with others who say that the 1 person per episode focus doesn't work as well for this show as it might for others.
 
2013-05-29 02:10:17 PM

kab: I've seen two so far, and while they're still decent, I must agree with others who say that the 1 person per episode focus doesn't work as well for this show as it might for others.


It gets better and works better with each episode. The first two episodes really lack a lot of the context that emerges after 4-5 episodes. The Tobias episode seemed to be the turning point in it being more humorous than just clever.

/get away
 
2013-05-29 02:10:55 PM

kab: Rose McGowan Loveslave: watched the first two episodes.  will watch and recommend the others.  funny as ever.

//Maby is not as cute though.  wha happen?

I've seen two so far, and while they're still decent, I must agree with others who say that the 1 person per episode focus doesn't work as well for this show as it might for others.


It is a tapestry.  It really does take the whole season to tie together.  My only criticism is that the episodes were too long.  They should have gone for 25-28 minutes instead of 32-35.  The originals were 21-22 minutes long and that was part of what kept them so amazing.  They crammed a fark of a lot in those minutes.  With the extra 12-14 minutes per episode, they did drag a little and didn't seem as tightly focused.

Still, an amazing piece of work, the weaving of the episodes and story.  And so much left to be resolved by another season or a movie.
 
2013-05-29 02:18:46 PM

biyaaatci: DamnYankees: I'm just starting to realize jokes that were in the earlier episodes. Like, for example, I got the joke in the second episode about Michael's musical as a kid and how him flying up created a "loose seal". I just realized now though that it was a play of Peter Pan, and the loose seal caught caught on Captain Hook. A hook and a loose seal. Love it.

That one goes back further than this season.


Yes, I'm aware. I'm talking about the way of getting "loose seal" and "hook" into yet another permutation together.
 
2013-05-29 02:20:18 PM

physt: Rose McGowan Loveslave: watched the first two episodes.  will watch and recommend the others.  funny as ever.

//Maby is not as cute though.  wha happen?

She's not 15 anymore.


Oh man, you're going to have to live in Sudden Valley!
 
2013-05-29 02:21:28 PM

DamnYankees: I'm just starting to realize jokes that were in the earlier episodes. Like, for example, I got the joke in the second episode about Michael's musical as a kid and how him flying up created a "loose seal". I just realized now though that it was a play of Peter Pan, and the loose seal caught caught on Captain Hook. A hook and a loose seal. Love it.


Maybe this is why I never watched this show.  I just don't get what you described or see why it is funny.

/tried to watch a few of the new episodes but they were never able to load.
 
2013-05-29 02:26:17 PM
I'm a part of the 10% whooo!!

Watched the whole season and loved it. If you watch it with an open mind, and not one of those "well, it's not exactly the same as the other seasons!" whiners, then you'll appreciate it even more.

Steve Holt!
 
2013-05-29 02:29:03 PM
I know this is the hipster in me talking but everywhere I go people won't shut up about this show. It's like it's the new Wire or something. It's really making me not want to watch it just because it's been shoved down my throat so much.

/never watched it on Fox so why start now
 
2013-05-29 02:31:46 PM

ModernPrimitive01: I know this is the hipster in me talking but everywhere I go people won't shut up about this show. It's like it's the new Wire or something. It's really making me not want to watch it just because it's been shoved down my throat so much.

/never watched it on Fox so why start now


I too love to base my entertainment decisions on zero first-hand information!

/really it's worth a shot, and if you've got Netflix there's no reason not to watch
//unless you're busy marathoning Bob's Burgers
 
2013-05-29 02:32:52 PM

Hyjamon: Maybe this is why I never watched this show.  I just don't get what you described or see why it is funny.


If you've never seen the show, you would indeed have no reason at all to find that funny. It's an in-joke that has to do with the rest of the plot. To put it simply, one of the characters hands was bitten off by a seal which was let loose (a "loose seal") and it was replaced by a hook. In addition, the matriarch of the family's name is "Lucille", which sounds identical to "loose seal". Then you have a large seal (like, the state seal of California) knocked off the wall, another "loose seal". All the different things play together in endless variations. It's goddamm brilliant.
 
2013-05-29 02:42:15 PM
First couple were a bit rough getting used to this new style but by 3 & 4 it really started tying together. And is it just me or does it seem that Tambor is playing George differently?
 
2013-05-29 02:44:13 PM

Snowflake Tubbybottom: And is it just me or does it seem that Tambor is playing George differently?


He absolutely is. I have to think its going to be explained.
 
2013-05-29 02:51:24 PM

Snowflake Tubbybottom: First couple were a bit rough getting used to this new style but by 3 & 4 it really started tying together. And is it just me or does it seem that Tambor is playing George differently?


I only saw the first two and had issues getting back into it (though for me the change of pace did it for me, plus them abandoning a lot of the "fake documentary" touches). Good to know it's worth watching further.

Note: even if I'm not as sold on this season as the ones that were actually broadcast I would still recommend the new season to anyone- any AD is better than none.
 
2013-05-29 02:52:07 PM

DamnYankees: Snowflake Tubbybottom: And is it just me or does it seem that Tambor is playing George differently?

He absolutely is. I have to think its going to be explained.


George became more like Oscar and Oscar more like George.
 
2013-05-29 02:53:28 PM

Lee's_Austin: DamnYankees: Snowflake Tubbybottom: And is it just me or does it seem that Tambor is playing George differently?

He absolutely is. I have to think its going to be explained.

George became more like Oscar and Oscar more like George.


The strong will become the weak!

/Tambor is brilliant in both roles
 
2013-05-29 02:56:37 PM

DamnYankees: Hyjamon: Maybe this is why I never watched this show.  I just don't get what you described or see why it is funny.

If you've never seen the show, you would indeed have no reason at all to find that funny. It's an in-joke that has to do with the rest of the plot. To put it simply, one of the characters hands was bitten off by a seal which was let loose (a "loose seal") and it was replaced by a hook. In addition, the matriarch of the family's name is "Lucille", which sounds identical to "loose seal". Then you have a large seal (like, the state seal of California) knocked off the wall, another "loose seal". All the different things play together in endless variations. It's goddamm brilliant.


sounds more like that  show from a few years ago when it seemed everyone had the same problems at the same time.  It isn't brilliant writing.  It's lazy writing, way to make everything connect.  Having 4 or 5  things connect because they sound the same is...  totally unrealistic and stupid and when done, makes it obviously written because such things just don't happen.
 
2013-05-29 02:56:45 PM
ANUSTART!
 
2013-05-29 03:00:01 PM

ModernPrimitive01:  It's really making me not want to watch it just because it's been shoved down my throat so much.



Okay. You know what you do? Buy yourself a tape recorder. Record yourself for a whole day. I think you're gonna be surprised at some of your phrasing.
 
2013-05-29 03:06:44 PM
In behind ANUSTART.
 
2013-05-29 03:11:36 PM

frepnog: sounds more like that  show from a few years ago when it seemed everyone had the same problems at the same time.  It isn't brilliant writing.  It's lazy writing, way to make everything connect.  Having 4 or 5  things connect because they sound the same is...  totally unrealistic and stupid and when done, makes it obviously written because such things just don't happen.


HAHA. Lazy writing. Someone accusing AD of having lazy writing is pretty funny.
 
2013-05-29 03:15:54 PM

DamnYankees: frepnog: sounds more like that  show from a few years ago when it seemed everyone had the same problems at the same time.  It isn't brilliant writing.  It's lazy writing, way to make everything connect.  Having 4 or 5  things connect because they sound the same is...  totally unrealistic and stupid and when done, makes it obviously written because such things just don't happen.

HAHA. Lazy writing. Someone accusing AD of having lazy writing is pretty funny.


WE WILL JUST MAKE EVERYTHING SOUND LIKE LUCILLE!  How is that NOT lazy?

robot6.comicbookresources.com

/Would like a word
 
2013-05-29 03:21:57 PM

frepnog: DamnYankees: frepnog: sounds more like that  show from a few years ago when it seemed everyone had the same problems at the same time.  It isn't brilliant writing.  It's lazy writing, way to make everything connect.  Having 4 or 5  things connect because they sound the same is...  totally unrealistic and stupid and when done, makes it obviously written because such things just don't happen.

HAHA. Lazy writing. Someone accusing AD of having lazy writing is pretty funny.

WE WILL JUST MAKE EVERYTHING SOUND LIKE LUCILLE!  How is that NOT lazy?

[robot6.comicbookresources.com image 625x313]

/Would like a word


It's a pun.

static.tvtropes.org

/Would like a word.
 
2013-05-29 03:28:18 PM

DamnYankees: Hyjamon: Maybe this is why I never watched this show.  I just don't get what you described or see why it is funny.

If you've never seen the show, you would indeed have no reason at all to find that funny. It's an in-joke that has to do with the rest of the plot. To put it simply, one of the characters hands was bitten off by a seal which was let loose (a "loose seal") and it was replaced by a hook. In addition, the matriarch of the family's name is "Lucille", which sounds identical to "loose seal". Then you have a large seal (like, the state seal of California) knocked off the wall, another "loose seal". All the different things play together in endless variations. It's goddamm brilliant.


Came to give the run down. Saw you took care of it & found it's not so funny when it has to be explained. Which is how my weekend went.

Me: ROFL
Husband: I don't get it
Me: SHUUUUSH I'll explain later

/never explained
 
2013-05-29 03:31:01 PM

Lee's_Austin: DamnYankees: Snowflake Tubbybottom: And is it just me or does it seem that Tambor is playing George differently?

He absolutely is. I have to think its going to be explained.

George became more like Oscar and Oscar more like George.


... or DID they???

dun dun duuuun
 
2013-05-29 03:31:22 PM

Lee's_Austin: frepnog: DamnYankees: frepnog: sounds more like that  show from a few years ago when it seemed everyone had the same problems at the same time.  It isn't brilliant writing.  It's lazy writing, way to make everything connect.  Having 4 or 5  things connect because they sound the same is...  totally unrealistic and stupid and when done, makes it obviously written because such things just don't happen.

HAHA. Lazy writing. Someone accusing AD of having lazy writing is pretty funny.

WE WILL JUST MAKE EVERYTHING SOUND LIKE LUCILLE!  How is that NOT lazy?

[robot6.comicbookresources.com image 625x313]

/Would like a word

It's a pun.

[static.tvtropes.org image 311x441]

/Would like a word.


a pun is fine.  a pun repeated over and over is lazy.
 
2013-05-29 03:32:34 PM

MutantMotherMouse: Lee's_Austin: DamnYankees: Snowflake Tubbybottom: And is it just me or does it seem that Tambor is playing George differently?

He absolutely is. I have to think its going to be explained.

George became more like Oscar and Oscar more like George.

... or DID they???

dun dun duuuun


:)
 
2013-05-29 03:33:34 PM

Lee's_Austin: frepnog: DamnYankees: frepnog: sounds more like that  show from a few years ago when it seemed everyone had the same problems at the same time.  It isn't brilliant writing.  It's lazy writing, way to make everything connect.  Having 4 or 5  things connect because they sound the same is...  totally unrealistic and stupid and when done, makes it obviously written because such things just don't happen.

HAHA. Lazy writing. Someone accusing AD of having lazy writing is pretty funny.

WE WILL JUST MAKE EVERYTHING SOUND LIKE LUCILLE!  How is that NOT lazy?

[robot6.comicbookresources.com image 625x313]

/Would like a word

It's a pun.

[static.tvtropes.org image 311x441]

/Would like a word.


and by the way - Shakespeare wrote plays intended for mass consumption.  He was good at wordplay but he was basically writing the "2 and a Half Men" of his time.

Funny how people either don't realize or just never learned that.
 
2013-05-29 03:35:26 PM

frepnog: DamnYankees: frepnog: sounds more like that  show from a few years ago when it seemed everyone had the same problems at the same time.  It isn't brilliant writing.  It's lazy writing, way to make everything connect.  Having 4 or 5  things connect because they sound the same is...  totally unrealistic and stupid and when done, makes it obviously written because such things just don't happen.

HAHA. Lazy writing. Someone accusing AD of having lazy writing is pretty funny.

WE WILL JUST MAKE EVERYTHING SOUND LIKE LUCILLE!  How is that NOT lazy?

[robot6.comicbookresources.com image 625x313]

/Would like a word


It accounts for about 1/1000th of the little gags they have in the show.  Certainly nothing to get excited or irritated about.  The show is excellent at foreshadowing in the least expected way.  Several episodes before Buster lost his hand, they started making oblique references to a hand that would ONLY make sense if you remembered them in the first place several episodes later.  And they were just passing references.  They were put there for people to catch upon repeated viewings.  Buster once had this chair that was shaped like a giant hand.  It was taken or sold or something.  He saw it again and said "oh, I've missed this hand."  And that was all they said about it.  A couple episodes later, after he has joined army, he sits on a bench that had an advertisement about Army Officers on it.  But his body blocked out almost all the letters to it just said "arm off."  About half a season later, he got his hand bitten off.

Little things like that are put in for shiats and giggles and only the astute or those who are really paying attention even notice them, unless they go back and watch again.

To call that kind of writing effort LAZY is really farking retarded, Frepnog.

Or can I just call you Mr. F?
 
2013-05-29 03:38:18 PM

frepnog: Lee's_Austin: frepnog: DamnYankees: frepnog: sounds more like that  show from a few years ago when it seemed everyone had the same problems at the same time.  It isn't brilliant writing.  It's lazy writing, way to make everything connect.  Having 4 or 5  things connect because they sound the same is...  totally unrealistic and stupid and when done, makes it obviously written because such things just don't happen.

HAHA. Lazy writing. Someone accusing AD of having lazy writing is pretty funny.

WE WILL JUST MAKE EVERYTHING SOUND LIKE LUCILLE!  How is that NOT lazy?

[robot6.comicbookresources.com image 625x313]

/Would like a word

It's a pun.

[static.tvtropes.org image 311x441]

/Would like a word.

and by the way - Shakespeare wrote plays intended for mass consumption.  He was good at wordplay but he was basically writing the "2 and a Half Men" of his time.

Funny how people either don't realize or just never learned that.


How in the heck are Hamlet, Macbeth or even King Lear on the same level as that show?
 
2013-05-29 03:39:43 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: Several episodes before Buster lost his hand, they started making oblique references to a hand that would ONLY make sense if you remembered them in the first place several episodes later.  And they were just passing references.  They were put there for people to catch upon repeated viewings.  Buster once had this chair that was shaped like a giant hand.  It was taken or sold or something.  He saw it again and said "oh, I've missed this hand."  And that was all they said about it.  A couple episodes later, after he has joined army, he sits on a bench that had an advertisement about Army Officers on it.  But his body blocked out almost all the letters to it just said "arm off."  About half a season later, he got his hand bitten off.


One of my all time favorite jokes. You left out the piece de resistance though, which was they repeated it in season 3 with Wee Britain:

24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-05-29 03:41:20 PM

Lee's_Austin: frepnog: Lee's_Austin: frepnog: DamnYankees: frepnog: sounds more like that  show from a few years ago when it seemed everyone had the same problems at the same time.  It isn't brilliant writing.  It's lazy writing, way to make everything connect.  Having 4 or 5  things connect because they sound the same is...  totally unrealistic and stupid and when done, makes it obviously written because such things just don't happen.

HAHA. Lazy writing. Someone accusing AD of having lazy writing is pretty funny.

WE WILL JUST MAKE EVERYTHING SOUND LIKE LUCILLE!  How is that NOT lazy?

[robot6.comicbookresources.com image 625x313]

/Would like a word

It's a pun.

[static.tvtropes.org image 311x441]

/Would like a word.

and by the way - Shakespeare wrote plays intended for mass consumption.  He was good at wordplay but he was basically writing the "2 and a Half Men" of his time.

Funny how people either don't realize or just never learned that.

How in the heck are Hamlet, Macbeth or even King Lear on the same level as that show?


um

http://flavorwire.com/175717/brush-up-your-shakespeare-the-dirty-sid e- of-the-bard
 
2013-05-29 03:42:36 PM

frepnog: Lee's_Austin: frepnog: Lee's_Austin: frepnog: DamnYankees: frepnog: sounds more like that  show from a few years ago when it seemed everyone had the same problems at the same time.  It isn't brilliant writing.  It's lazy writing, way to make everything connect.  Having 4 or 5  things connect because they sound the same is...  totally unrealistic and stupid and when done, makes it obviously written because such things just don't happen.

HAHA. Lazy writing. Someone accusing AD of having lazy writing is pretty funny.

WE WILL JUST MAKE EVERYTHING SOUND LIKE LUCILLE!  How is that NOT lazy?

[robot6.comicbookresources.com image 625x313]

/Would like a word

It's a pun.

[static.tvtropes.org image 311x441]

/Would like a word.

and by the way - Shakespeare wrote plays intended for mass consumption.  He was good at wordplay but he was basically writing the "2 and a Half Men" of his time.

Funny how people either don't realize or just never learned that.

How in the heck are Hamlet, Macbeth or even King Lear on the same level as that show?

um

http://flavorwire.com/175717/brush-up-your-shakespeare-the-dirty-sid e- of-the-bard


Evidently, if you have a pun in your work of art it automatically becomes equally good as Two and a Half Men.
 
2013-05-29 03:43:15 PM

burber: So far it's hard to decide who's physically changed the most, Lindsey or Steve Holt


Steve Holt was at least all made up. Poor Portia de Rossi. I don't really find petite blondes attractive, but she was cute before. I know she has had body image issues in the past, but she did not need work. She's still young, and more important, she is funny and does not need to trade on looks, IMO.

She did, oddly enough, look better with a short haircut. Rare is the woman that can pull that off.
 
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