The Bluths are officially back in business

Frozen banana season may finally be upon us. The Twitterverse is abuzz this week with Arrested Development news thanks to frequent updates from producer/resident narrator Ron Howard. Creator Mitch Hurwitz and company have actually started production on the alliance approved, much loved, yet vastly underappreciated show once on the Fox network.  Many thought it would never happen since Fox said, “Say goodbye to these, because it’s the last time you’re going to see them!”

Arrested Development production now under way! Producer Ron Howard, creator Mitch Hurwitz and star Jason Bateman.

After years of eager anticipation, it was confirmed earlier this year that our Bluths would return with new episodes exclusively on Netflix followed by the long promised movie.

This week, a certain member of the Bluth cast with cat-like reflexes let it slip that there may be more than the originally planned 10 episode season.  There could be up to 13.  Apparently there is so much material, an extended fourth season is possible!  Taa-Daa!

In an Rolling Stone interview, David Cross, who played therapist/analyst (or analrapist according to his questionable business cards) Tobias Funke, said the story arcs are so intricately woven, they will continue into multiple episodes. For anyone who faithfully watched, you know that you may not get some jokes until watching an episode for at least the third time.

Cross went on to say that if the network had waited just one year, they would have realized most people don’t watch a show in its scheduled time slot. With the popularity of DVR, most families wait until they have free time. He predicted a power grid surge when the show hits Netflix in Spring 2013.

It’s nice to know that the cast and crew loved the show as much as the loyal fans. In true narrator fashion, Howard has tweeted consistently since the first story boards were drawn up. Cross was even excited to slide back into his nevernude cutoffs.

The space of time between the short third season and this continuation gave many fans a scare, but the Bluth family wouldn’t take “wasn’t optimistic it could be done” for an answer.  Netflix is about to find out from the millions of loyal AD fans that there’s always money in the banana stand.

Whoo! Yeah!

Music appreciation class is now open.

My thesis: The two most pleasing sounds in music are what we call, “Whoo! Yeah!”

As in, it takes two sounds to make a thing go right.

It takes two sounds to make it out of sight.

As historians have noted, this combination came about when someone once said “Whoo,” and then someone — we’ll call him “James Brown” — replied “Yeah” with a great deal of enthusiasm.

Kind of, anyhow.

Actually, at first it was “Yeah! Whoo!” and it was here in “Think” by Lyn Collins:

That was later flipped to our beloved Whoo! Yeah!

The wonderful combination has appeared in many samples over the years.

Let’s hear an example from Rob Base and DJ Easy Rock from back in 1988:

There are other great examples.

My most favoritest is “Go On Girl” by Roxanne Shante, also in 1988. Pay attention, listen, watch the girl go:

Sometimes when we are at my house, in the kitchen, possibly making spaghetti, I try to engage my family in the activity of “Whoo! Yeah!” As in, I say Whoo and you quickly say Yeah!

Let me know what song you think has the best “Whoo! Yeah!”

And please share some instances in your life when you have said “Whoo! Yeah!”

Tips for the 15-year-old me

I’m turning 25 tomorrow. I know it’s not a traditional milestone birthday, like 16 or 18 or 21, but I’ve found as Aug. 11 draws closer, I’m reflecting more and more on my first quarter-century.

Specifically, I’ve been thinking about the last 10 years and the incredible changes that have occurred. Life is a lot different than it was when I was 15. So if anyone’s headed to 2002 anytime soon, please print out this blog post and give it to the 15-year-old me.

Tips for the next decade, from your future self
by Zack Harold

1. Stop wearing denim shorts and buy some shirts with collars. You’re going to have an office job someday, so you need to get used to them. Plus, girls like a collared shirt sometimes.  Also, stop combing your bangs straight down.

2. Try a little bit harder in Mrs. Dotson’s class.

3. Sorry, I never did start that rock band you were so excited about, and I don’t have that record label either. But hey, we’re not bald! Yet!

4. The computer engineering thing isn’t going to work out, either. Don’t worry, though. You won’t make as much money but your eventual career is going to be so much cooler.

5. Cherish your summer breaks. You won’t get those forever.

6. Invest all your allowance money in Apple Computers, then invent “Facebook.” Do not hire Mark Zuckerberg to program it for you.

7. Tell President Bush, Osama bin Laden is hiding in Pakistan.

8. Stop eating so many cheeseburgers. It’s going to be a lot more difficult to lose weight when you’re 25.

9. Good news: you’re going to meet a really awesome girl who is going to become your wife. Nope, not giving you her name. I don’t want to spoil the surprise.

10. You’re going to have a few rough patches as you finish high school and head into college, but it’s all going to be okay. You’re going to have a really cool life, filled with family and friends that love you. So stop worrying. And for goodness sakes, stop combing your bangs straight down.