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Newport to give Netflix key to city for 'Arrested Development'

June 01, 2013|By Jill Cowan
  • Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry will give a Netflix representative the key to the city for bringing the show's banana stand to Balboa Island.
Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry will give a Netflix representative the… ('Arrested Development'…)

In a twist that might actually make for a good episode of “Arrested Development,” Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry will present a Netflix representative with a key to the city to honor the show’s Newport ties Sunday at 10:15 a.m.

Show creator Mitchell Hurwitz grew up in the area, and the show regularly lampoons Orange County culture and politics.

The presentation, according to a news release, will take place near a replica of Bluth’s Original Frozen Banana stand, which makes its final stop on a tour promoting the show’s fourth season this weekend on Balboa Island.

For anyone who’s recently taken a Forget-Me-Now, Netflix had originally declined to bring the banana stand to Newport, despite the fact that much of the series takes place in the city.

After a collective cry of “Come on!” from the community, Curry announced Thursday night that the banana stand would be planted on Balboa Island, its fictional home.

The 20th annual Balboa Island Parade will kick off shortly after the key presentation, at 10:45 a.m.


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