After three seasons on Fox from 2003–2006, Arrested Development developed a small but devoted fan base and a reputation as one of the most acclaimed comedies of its era. That reputation only grew in the years after the show’s cancellation, helped by constant and unfounded rumors that the cast and crew would find a way to revive the show for additional episodes or a movie. In late 2011, streaming video service Netflix reached an agreement to produce 15 new episodes, which were simultaneously released just after midnight Pacific time on this date. The sitcom’s unlikely return formed a high-profile part of Netflix’s early entry into original content production and distribution, one of the new avenues opened by the shifting TV model in the 2010s. -A.D.
Today’s Birthdays: James Arness, Marshal (d. 2011); Margaret Colin, fashion designer (55); Sam Edwards, character actor (d. 2004); Genie Francis, paramour (51); Bobcat Goldthwait, bunny (51); Pam Grier, cafe proprietor (64); Elisabeth Harnois, forensic investigator (34); Brent Musburger, sportscaster (74); Matt Stone, animator (42); Philip Michael Thomas, vice cop (64).