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As part of a regularly scheduled test to make sure the Internet is still working, Netflix has offered yet more vague assurances that there will be another season of Arrested Development. “It’s just a matter of when,” Netflix’s Ted Sarandos told USA Today this week, adding that he was “positive” of a fifth season’s chances—a preprogrammed statement he makes every few months as part of routine system maintenance. Sarandos then waited for this statement to be echoed back to him across Twitter and various websites, in order to determine whether his bandwidth speed was fast enough to watch a whole episode of House Of Cards without it buffering halfway through.

On last night’s Tonight Show, that process entered its next cycle as Will Arnett told Jimmy Fallon, “It’s going to happen. We don’t know when, but it is going to happen.” Today operators monitoring the flurry of retweets, “I just blue myself” and “Taste the happy” quotes, and comment board debates over the quality of the fourth season can confirm that the Internet is still currently operational.


This test will be repeated in a few weeks’ time.

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