The wait is nearly over. For overeager fans anticipating the release of season 4 of “Arrested Development” on Netflix, there's an easy way to know the minute it happens.
We know the revival is scheduled for this Sunday, May 26, but neither Netflix nor producers of the show have yet confirmed the exact time the show will be available on the live streaming service. It could be midnight. It could be 12:01 a.m. EST (every minute matters to fans!). It could be 3 a.m., as some sites suggest, since it’s rumored to air on the West Coast at that time. (Side note: NPR made a fictional timeline of events after the release, which is an absolute must-read.)
But a new text-messaging service will text you to at the exact moment the new season hits Netflix. Simply sign up by texting “ANN” to 619-EGG-VEAL (619-344-8325) and you’ll receive a text at the exact moment of the release.
The texting service is courtesy of hardcore “Arrested Development” fans Jonathan Gottfried and Michael Selvidge, owners of Twilio, a phone and texting app company. The duo told Buzzfeed that the service is free and is not a spam marketing ploy, meaning those who sign up will receive just the one text they want.
Back in April, Netflix announced that there will be 15 new episodes for season four, including an extra episode announced in January. The popular show was cancelled after just three seasons on Fox in 2006. However, rampant viewing of the show on Netflix’s live streaming service since its cancellation prompted the show creators to revive the series, this time omitting television.
Mitch Hurwitz, series creator and executive producer, said in the statement, “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.”
The new season will follow Bluth family members – played by Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, David Cross, Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Cera, Jessica Walter, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi and Alia Shawkat – with each episode slated to focus on individual character plots, according to rumors.
Until the release, enjoy this website that documents every recurring joke on “Arrested Development” to catch up on the show before it airs Sunday.