‘Arrested Development’ Season 4 To Get 3 More Episodes

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Up until as recently as last week – when some new set photos and the promise of Mad Men star John Slattery joining the cast made their way online – it was believed that the new season of Arrested Development coming in 2013 would only last 10 episodes. Well, today fans will be pleased to know that they might be getting more Bluth for their buck when the show makes its season premiere on Netflix.

David Cross, who plays Tobias Funke on the show, recently spoke about the revival of the cult comedy series, and revealed that there might be 13 episodes instead of the 10-episode plan that has been talked about for months now.

Cross told Rolling Stone:

“I think it’s going to be 13 episodes, not 10. There’s too much story. Some characters will have two-parters. Everybody sort of participates, sometimes in a bigger way and sometimes in a tiny little thread that goes through everybody else’s stories.”

Does this episode structure that has been said to give each member of the Bluth family their own spotlight shake up the presentation of the series? Fans are already familiar with how some storylines weren’t connected until the last minute, while others resonated throughout entire seasons. And while later episodes were much more serialized than the previous seasons, there’s a lot of running gags and jokes throughout the show.

How is that format working with this new season happening ten years later? David Cross reassures fans that the same style is still there:

“I’m not gonna divulge anything, but I know what the stories are and what Mitch [Hurwitz] is doing, and it’s so layered. It’s really audacious and amazing. I think a lot of people will miss the work that is involved, the story, the Venn diagrams that are being created, the domino effect that characters have with each other in their various episodes. I know what he’s doing, and this has never been done on a TV show like this. This makes ‘Lost’ look like a Spaulding Grey monologue. You’ll have to watch each episode more than once.”

Personally, that was my favorite part of watching and re-watching Arrested Development well after its cancellation. There was always something new to pick up because of the layers in the writing. Thankfully, working with a company like Netflix – as opposed to another network – means there hasn’t been any struggle to deliver the series that Hurwitz and company want to make for themselves and for the fans. Cross says, “Netflix is great. They don’t meddle at all. They know what they want. They’re happy to have it.

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I think fans will feel the same way when the series hits Netflix next year. In this age of viewers taking to their computers and DVR’s to watch their favorite shows, I’m glad that the option exists to revive shows that may not have pulled in the traditional ratings needed to maintain a primetime network home. Hopefully, the years of waiting for Arrested Development to return will be worth it.

Arrested Development season 4 premieres on Netflix sometime in 2013.


Source: Rolling Stone

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  1. I forget, this is all suppose to lead up to a movie, is there a release date for the movie yet?

    i think a movie would be a proper ending though. I kinda dont want to see the series come back for more than 1 season. It almost rushed to an ending last time so having an extra season to both look up what the characters are doing, and give the story a proper ending is enough.

    • Blasphemy! Why bring the show back for one more season and a movie? I have faith in the people that make this show that they know what they are doing. Just gotta believe :)

      • I just think that the entire cast has out grown the show. They have their own careers now and too much time has past for them all to live in the same house again. I wouldnt mind a spin-off series of Gob and his new family or something like that, in the same style and humor. But to continue the show at this point would feel way to different for people to truly connect it with the original series.

        This is almost a sequel series. But to have multiple seasons of this may be taking it too far. Yes it was sad to see the show go the first time, but this is zombie Arrest Development, it should be given the respectful demise it deserves and say goodbye for good.

        But a spin off series following Gob would be welcomed

  2. I can’t wait. Someone owes the executives over at Netflix a handy for reviving this show! If they revive Jericho too, that someone will be me.

    • I’m with you on the revive Jericho comment Professor! Loved that show.

    • The Professor has good taste! Netflix is really thinking out of the box! I wasn’t paying attention and now all this talk of resurrections and original programming…I’m so impressed. I guess it shouldn’t surprise me since they have been so creative from beginning. :) If you’re a die-hard Jericho fan, please join us “Jericho Rangers” in supporting the netflix/cbs negotiations by joining the facebook groups https://www.facebook.com/groups/jerichorangers/ and

      You can also find a bunch of us to tweet everyday by searching #JerichoOnNetflix.

      I’m a recent fan of both Arrested Development and Jericho! :)

  3. The more the better :D

  4. Any word yet on when it will premire?
    We’ve waited 6yrs already, please dont make us wait much longer. I’m hoping we see it bye the end of January…

  5. Huzzah!