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'Arrested Development' finds new life in the land of Netflix

'Arrested Development' finds new life in the land of Netflix

If you don’t think the way we watch TV is in the midst of monumental change, ask yourself: Has any new network series of late generated nearly as much excitement as the return at 12:01 a.m. Sunday of “Arrested Development” on Netflix?

The offbeat sitcom about the Bluth family, one of the most dysfunctional clans in TV history, was canceled by Fox seven years ago because it was deemed to have too small an audience to be profitable for network TV.

But network TV is now seven years closer to its dinosaur grave, and Netflix appears to be booming with a new business model of distribution for TV shows that aren’t on TV. Exhibit A is “House of Cards,” the Maryland-made political...

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