It’s always a good day when Arrested Development updates are abound on the internet and today’s tidbit is a great one. According to Rolling Stone, via Warming Glow, it looks like Arrested Development will get a movie. THEN a season 5 series order. Yep, that’s right, I just blue myself.
As if you needed a James Bond type announcement, but it’s pretty much confirmed that the Bluths will indeed return for a 5th season. Slashfilm and WarmingGlow reported that last week, creator Mitchell Hurwitz confirmed that the Bluths will be back, delivering a definitive “definitely” in Montreal at the Just for Laughs comedy festival. In fact, Hurwitz even went as far as asking the Netflix chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, who was conveniently sitting with him if they could discuss it at the moment because he’s got “kids to feed.”
Howdy, howdy! It’s about that time again, time for a TV News Roundup! We’ll find all the news that’s fit for print out in the world of television today and bring it to you in one nice neat package. Without further adieu, let’s get to it!
It is the moment we have been waiting on for several years. Arrested Developement is back and the Bluth family has returned to make us cringe, laugh, and question the television executives that canceled the series back in the day. Obviously things are a bit different now and we have a lot to catch up on. Luckily, Netflix partnered up with Mitch Hurwitz, the creator, to release 15 episodes all at once at 12pm Pacific Standard Time on May 26th, 2013. It’s a bold move as the episodes for the most part concentrate on a specific timeline and looks at the different perspectives of the Bluth family so really, it’s one mega episode. The question is, does it work? Yes and no. Regardless, let the great experiment begin!
We are now less than 2 weeks away from the triumphant return of the Bluth family and May 26th can’t get here soon enough. So while we wait for that ‘sure to be a glorious’ day, Netflix has given us an Arrested Development season 4 trailer to salivate over…
The most recent winner of Vulture’s Sitcom Smackdown (Reader Bracket) is Arrested Development edging out The Simpsons to be named the greatest sitcom of the last 30 years…by popular vote. That’s still something right? Possibly fueled by it’s impending return, AD seems to be as popular as ever, and for
hits that reason we thought it was about time we got caught up on some of the latest news surrounding the shows resurrection. After all, in less than two months, we’ll be again enjoying probably one of the best comedies to grace television of all time. That’s right. I went there.
Time to dust off the old Chicken Dance! Arrested Development is getting even more new episodes when it releases the exclusive new season to Netflix. According to EW, the original order of 10 new episodes has been increased by an undisclosed number. Creator Mitch Hurwitz and crew took a short break from filming recently to review current events and incorporate the new material, ensuring the story of the Bluths would be even more relevant to our present world.
The title should be self explanatory. Straight from Jason Bateman’s Twitter via the Hollywood Reporter are pics of Michael Cera arriving on the Arrested Development set to do rehearsals and/or cause whatever mischief it seems. The sets are obviously being worked on but it should be important to note that in one of the pictures, it seems to represent the good old model home with the caption ‘My son, arriving yesterday’.
I will say that it definitely shows how long we have been without the show (since 2006) and Cera is definitely not the same George Michael we got used to during those awesome spectacular three seasons the show was on. Granted, he will still be the awkward kid who pines for his cousin but he is also Scott Pilgrim and a bunch of other whiny hipster characters too (some of which I don’t mind honestly). Obviously everyone went on to do their own thing but the people that really took off were Bateman and Cera so it’s honestly sweet as hell to see them back working on the show that gave them their starts. Hell, I still remember an interview they both had together for Juno, despite never having scenes together, and they picked up on their comedy rhythm together like no time had past.
Now that I got that out of the way, onward to the second photo…
This one is captioned, “A grandson, looking for his Gangee.” Which is awesome because we can definitely say this is Lucille’s place and…damn, is it 2013 yet? I want my episodes now. Speaking of, the original plan was to do an anthology for the 4th season where each character would get their own episode but creator Mitchell Hurwitz decided to go the traditional route of putting them all together in episodes and making stuff happen. Which I am all for because, if I haven’t geeked out enough already, it’s freakin’ Arrested Development. It is easily the funniest show in my opinion to come out in the last decade. It needs to come back so I can justify my Netflix subscription (although seriously, when streaming the first episode, their servers better be able to handle it because when it gets released…havoc will ensue trying to get to a television in my opinion) and then get onward with the AD movie.
Seriously though, I’m super stoked for this. Huzzah! Seriously. Genius.
Raise your hand if you are sick of the much anticipated revival of Arrested Development on Netflix and in theaters soon? Screw you then and don’t ever come back.
Now that we have weeded out the unintelligent bastards that do not appreciate great comedy and overall great shows, I can get on with the rest of this article with the smart people in tow. Yesterday, the messiah of this journey back to the Bluths, Mitchell Hurwitz, was present with a bunch of the cast from AD in Las Vegas for a Netflix sponsored event. What was said, was pretty glorious. Major tidbits in my opinion?
- The fourth season will premiere with all the episodes on one day. So yeah, time to schedule that day off sometime next year.
- Production on the season begins this summer.
- The episodes will focus on one character each with a self-contained story, which Hurwitz adds that it is starting to take shape like the old show was. Score.
- Scott Baio will have a job that’s not on VH1.
- Showtime also was involved in the end to get the show but Netflix offered a better model and fan base in Hurwitz’s opinion.
- Hurwitz would be open to more seasons on Netflix. Wishful thinking perhaps? Or pipe dream, who knows…
There’s more stuff on Vulture’s site so check that out but hey, Arrested Development Season 4 released all on one day? Yes please. However, they did NOT talk about the movie, but I’ll take what I can get at this point. So expect that petition to save Steve Holt to pick up steam. STEVE HOLT!
Arrested Development is an anomaly of sorts. I’ve never seen a show talked about so little while it was on, and then so much after it was canceled. Simply put – the show was great, and like so many great shows, it garnered no widespread appreciation until it was gone. Despite letter writing and widespread begging by the small, but loyal fan base, FOX canceled the show midway through its 3rd season.