Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz is well aware that the series would never have come back for a fourth season without the grassroots support of fans. So as those fans start diving into the 15 new episodes now available for streaming on Netflix, Hurwitz has posted a handwritten note to Facebook addressed to “our friends, fans, supporters, detractors, haters, enemies, and arch enemies,” thanking the true-blue (or true-Bluth) AD faithful for giving him “another chance to bring these characters to life.” “[We] could not have dones [sic] so without your consistent effort to ‘spread the word’ about it,” Hurwitz writes. “Although obviously in the case of the enemies, the words you spread were ‘don’t watch this show!’ You know I probably shouldn’t have even included them in the salutation — but I’m writing this in ink + making all sorts of mistakes. Did you notice the ‘s’ at the end of the word ‘done’?”
Hurwitz leaves binge-watchers with one final tip for tackling season 4: “It’s really meant to be watched in order. And you really should watch them all — because they build and, I’m just saying ‘eventually.’ If you can. All 15. But really this is yours now. Except for the obvious copyright issues. And you need to subscribe to Netflix. So it’s not completely yours, I guess.”
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