Photos have been cropping up all week from the set of the new season of Arrested Development, which is going to premiere on Netflix. That’s great! The part about there being new episodes, I mean. After years of endlessly boring speculation about whether or not the cast would be reunited for a movie, it’s welcome news if for no other reason than it ends the endlessly boring speculation, because seriously, that was too much. Snooze alert! (Then again, now we have the endlessly boring updates ABOUT the SHOOTING of the show, which is what we are here to discuss, so maybe it’s one of those wherever you go there you are type things, and Arrested Development brings out the boring in us.) But so here is my question, which I have already posed in the subject heading of this post: do you like behind the scenes photos? Or do you dislike them? Or do you just feel like who cares? I think my answer is that I dislike what they do to me. Because ultimately they are always pretty boring, and they also drain energy from the actual project. I have plenty of excitement for the things I want to read/watch/hear/whatever, so when there’s a lesser, bootleg version of that thing going around, it takes away some of that enthusiasm, a little bit of it gets spent on the non-thing rather than the thing. But when I say that I don’t like what it does to me what I mean is that it totally taps into that compulsive side of the human brain where I, apparently just like everyone else, can’t help but be drawn to and consume these behind the scenes things. Give them to me! Even though they are empty and disappointing! Take my energy away from me, I will happily give it to you, even when I get virtually nothing in return!

So I think I don’t like them. Do you like them? Who cares? #BLOG

Comments (22)
  1. I like them.

  2. If I wanted to see what happens behind the scenes, I’d be a gaffer. I want in front of the scenes photos ONLY, please!

  3. My answer is really annoying because it is ‘sometimes.’ I really like them sometimes (when they are of Tilda Swinton or other people I like, especially when puppies are involved), but mostly they are kind of boring.

  4. I don’t like them for this movie specifically because I want the movie to be a surprise.

  5. I hope once the show actually comes back we can all safely ignore it the way everyone ignores Futurama now after freaking out when it got cancelled.

    • That is to say, Futurama is good (one of my favorite shows, actually) and obviously Arrested Development is as well, but I won’t miss every media outlet breathlessly reporting A PHOTO OF THE FRONT OF THE SCRIPT or MITCHELL HURWITZ IN A HALLWAY whatever.

  6. I know why studios release these kinds of things (free publicity), but I find no pleasure in them. The excitement I feel when new episodes of Mad Men come on is a pretty clear cut indictment on the watering down effect of mid-production updates. Abstinence really is best!

  7. Honestly? No. Well, if there is nudity involved maybe.

  8. I’m generally in the “don’t care” camp, but I’m now I’m really curious as to which University of California campus is represented on Michael Cera’s shirt. It’s a one letter campus, so it must be either Irvine, Merced, or Riverside (go Highlanders! – class of xx). Or possibly Berkeley, but usually only those of us who are a bit offended by them being called “Cal” call them UC Berkeley.

    • I had the same reaction. My guess is Irvine since they live in Orange County and I doubt GOB would let him borrow the Segway outside of the immediate area.


  9. I think they’re making a huge mistake.

  10. I will gladly look at behind the scenes photos until my eyeballs fall out if they would get released AFTER the goddamn film or television show.

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