ORIGINAL POST, MAY 8, 1:30 P.M.: To promote the 15 new episodes being released soon of Arrested Development–only the best television show ever about life in Orange County, albeit one filmed in Culver City and Marina del Rey–Netflix is sending Bluth's Original Frozen Banana Stand on the road … and over a pond.
The Bluth's Original Frozen Banana Stand Worldwide Tour kicked off in London today and hits many points of the city through May 21 before the structure heads back to select locations in the States, including Los Angeles, according to NetFlix.
The online movie and television show service makes no mention of whether the stand will come to Newport Beach–or, better yet, Balboa Island, where it was fictionally founded, burned down and reconstructed. However, Netflix advises tracking the banana stand @arresteddev on Twitter through May 26, when the new Arrested Development episodes will drop. Surprise “Bluth family and friends” are promised to be at some tour stops.
They will actually sell frozen bananas for around $2, so perhaps proceeds will be stuffed into the walls to make up for that $250,000 that went up in flames when Michael and George Michael Bluth torched the stand. As George Sr. put it, “There's money in the banana stand.”
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