After what seems to have been a lifetime, the cast members of Arrested Development have finally confirmed production of a movie and one final season of the greatest television show that ever existed. This past Sunday, the cast and creator Mitch Hurwitz were at the New Yorker festival when they announced that the Arrested Development story would contain at least a few more chapters. Although I wish the show could have continued its original run I will take what I can get.
However, it is hard to predict whether or not the cast and writers can create the same magic as before. It has been 5 years since the show aired on FOX and the Arrested Development camp is saying that the target release date will be sometime in 2013. Cast members have obviously gotten older and the 2 kids of the show (Maeby and George Michael) are now well in to adulthood. Although we have not seen much of Alia Shawkat (Maeby) since the show went of the air, Michael Cera (George Michael) can attribute most of his success to this show. AD gave Cera an acting identity and that eventually gave way to his breakout role in Superbad.
Over the next year and a half there will be a lot of hype about the new season and the movie. To those of us who have paid attention to Arrested Development rumors for the last 5 years this will be business as usual. The recent announcement gives me hope because this one seems official.
Mitch Hurwitz has said that the final season will be about 10 episodes and will focus primarily on one character in each episode. The culmination of these episodes will of course be the movie when all the stories come back together for a Bluth family reunion! A deal is currently being worked with Showtime and Netflix for those 10 or so episodes. If you are one of the poor souls that has never had the chance to enjoy Arrested Development then I will leave you with a clip for your viewing pleasure. If you have seen the show and dont like it… Well just don’t admit that out loud because it will only indicate that you clearly have a vacant space bewtween your ears.
I think it is time that we all just came to grips with reality on a topic that is central to any American’s core group of values and ideals. We can start this journey to a happy reality by answering a question that I think we’ve all heard many times in our life and exponentially more since Nick Swardson’s stand-up special. The question of course is: Seriously, who farted? The blockbuster answer to this legendary query is John Goodman. This information must be shocking to some, morbid to others, and simply irrelevant to most. Its my belief that John Goodman has been stuffing himself with pine flavored twinkies and amazingly marketing the smell from his very own flatulence . Sounds gross but even more surprising is how popular this aroma is around the country. Although it remains popular in only a few demographics, this scent has been used for years by many who were actually looking to improve their scent. Companies around the country sell this “scent” under the name Patchouli. The people profiled as Patchouli “users” are normally males and females from 17-34, long dirty hair, pants that look like they were made from bed sheets, wearing a baja, smells of bad pot (or worse), and shirts that make you wonder where someone would even purchase such a thing.
Reality check. Clearly everything I just said is BS ….. Well maybe not the profile part…. Or the pretty accurate description of what Patchouli smells like to people with working noses. Patchouli is actually just a plant. Like a lot of plant species Patchouli has an aroma. The scent is powerful and has been used in several different ways throughout history including perfumes. One of the other uses is insect repellant. Most insects are attracted to sweet smells (Like most perfumes), so Patchouli offers a vile smell with a rare combination of uninterest and nothing to offer. Let us all just come to terms with the truth here. Patchouli smells terrible and cannot honestly be a desirable smell to any fully functional nose/person. And if you truly believe you are improving your scent then I can’t imagine what you must smell like to encourage such behavior.