‘Arrested Development’ Season 4 Gets More Episodes

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 27th, 2013 at 2:06 pm,

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It’s a grand old time to be an Arrested Development fan. After six years of being off the air, the series is returning for a season 4 and, if all goes according to plan, a feature film that may or may not be meta-tastic. Now there’s even more good news, unless you consider more episodes of Arrested Development to be bad news.

That’s right, thanks to an overabundance of footage and creativity, it looks like Arrested Development season 4 will have more episodes than Netflix previously indicated. Truly, is this not the season of good tidings?

According to Deadline, Mitch Hurwitz and company have shot too much material to fit inside of ten measly episodes (the original order); furthermore, near the end of production, Hurwitz came up with additional scenes and storylines that couldn’t be accommodated without extending the season.  To the delight of this Arrested Development fan – and countless others, no doubt – the word on the street is that the final episode count will be between 12 and 15 episodes.

At the moment, the production has been paused so Hurwitz can review the existing footage and figure out how best to incorporate everything – footage, additional scenes, and additional storylines – but it will likely start back up again in January.

All the Arrested Development Chicken Dances Arrested Development Season 4 Gets More Episodes

Everybody everywhere has their own chicken dance

The premiere date – spring 2013 – has yet to be altered, but considering the entire season will be available upon release, it’s not hard to imagine a scenario where the premiere could be pushed back slightly. After all, there’s a big, big difference between 12 and 15 episodes. Still, it’s a ways off until that vague premiere date (one source claimed that it would be April), so maybe a delay won’t be necessary.

Here’s what a Netflix spokesperson had to say about the episode extension:

“We are thrilled with the direction of the show, with the footage we have seen and with the relationship between Mitch, Imagine, 20th, and Netflix. At this time, we are not confirming or announcing the final episode count but we are sure fans will be thrilled when we do.”

So, basically nothing.

The sad truth is, Arrested Development season 4 hasn’t even finished shooting yet and some small part of me is already dreading its arrival. Not because I think it’s going to be terrible, but because I’ll have no choice but to watch all 12 or 15 episodes in one sitting. And then what’ll I do? Wait. For more Arrested Development. Just like Arrested Development fans have been doing for the past half decade.

The point is, the more episodes, the merrier. Whatever it takes to prolong the Arrested Development withdrawal that’s surely down the pike.

Arrested Development season 4 premieres in its entirety on Netflix in spring 2013.

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  1. We’re so close…

  2. You consider more episodes of Arrested Development to be bad news.

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  3. Great news and yesterday I read an article that said that Netflix Canada will also be airing Season 4!!!!!

  4. if only they had done this for firefly, movie wasnt enough

    • I was just thinking the same thing. Netflix please bring back Firefly also. It’s a shame I only discovered it after it was off the air.

  5. I am sooooo excited for more arrested! and more chicken dance and more gob shenanigans and everything!! The only thing that would make me more excited is if they announced that Carl Weathers was returning!

    • He is coming back!! :D Google it!

    • Yeah, he’s back.

      • wow… I realize I’m reading this way after you guys posted it and you may not see this reply but that news just made my day again, thanx. Whelp! I’m off to Burger King!

        • Haha!

  6. I’ll be watching all the episodes in one sitting also but if season 4 is as funny as seasons 1-3 I’ll be watching it 3 or 4 more times…

  7. In the age of the internet, haven’t we grown out of saying “Spring 2013″ yet? For half the world by “Spring” you mean “Autumn”. Can we not just say second quarter?

    • This was a really important statement that you definitely needed to make.

      First of all, the second quarter barely even includes spring, a season that begins March 20th. The second quarter ends on March 31st.

      Secondly, seeing as March 31st is the end of the second quarter, if I were to say that Arrested Development premieres in the second quarter, I would likely be lying (the rumor is that it premieres in April).

      Thirdly, since Arrested Development will be premiering first in North America – sorry everybody else – then I’m gonna go ahead and say things like “spring 2013,” especially since that’s what the Netflix execs have said (to say nothing of the fact that AD is an American show).

      Fourthly, I don’t know what Internet you’ve been hanging out in, but I’ve heard words like “spring” and “fall” thrown around quite often. To each his/her own, really, but clearly you got my gist.

      • im with c here, yes they do throw it around, but just because its american doesnt mean the world isnt interested or might be able to find a way to watch or get it

        • If you can “find a way to watch it” (illegally, considering it’s only going to be legally available on Netflix to those in NA), then you can probably figure out that spring 2013 is referring to North America’s spring.

          Please, enlighten me as to what other way I’m supposed to refer to the release date when the only official information says it’s spring 2013?

    • half the world?…

      http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/af/Hemisferio_Norte.png/800px-Hemisferio_Norte.png

      yeah all those fish aren’t gonna know what we mean by spring! oh no!

      in all fairness, about 90 percent of the population lives in the northern hemisphere.

      it sucks living in the u.s. in Alabama. when it says “this is on at 8″ it usually means 7. everything is on eastern time there. luckly i live in Florida and only go to Alabama on Thanksgiving, which is in autumn (4th quarter).

      so throw another shrimp on the barbie, and just be happy we got more “arrested”.

  8. Ben Moore- I appreciate your superfluous pedantry. There are simply not enough definition police about these days.

    • I’m not sure it’s considered pedantry when you’re just defending your use of the word “spring” as opposed to “second quarter.” I think it’s just called explaining. If anything, wasn’t the criticism pedantic?

      • what if we just say its coming out on oct 19th? It will always be oct 19th in here *gestures toward heart* I realize thats a reference to another show that you 2 may or may not watch but I thought it was an appropriate reference haha.. I love community just as much as I do arrested :D

  9. Fanastic news but I’m only drawn to comment because of the argument going on here. The first quarter of a year would be Jan-Feb-March, 12/4=3 giving us 3 months for a quarter of a year. So the second quarter would therefore include April-Jun-Jul.

    So it will be in the second quarter of 2013 and it is a lot easier for us people overseas to understand what is going on. No need to be on the defensive either mate, it’s your article we all get that and you have every right to describe a time of the year however you damn well please! But maybe it’s something you could consider in future for the rest of us who don’t live in the same hemisphere but still read your articles.

    • Again, this is assuming it’s coming out in April, which is not official. The only official news is that it’s coming out in spring 2013. Official. From Netflix. If you want to classify this as me getting defensive, fine by me. However, the truth is I’m just explaining why it doesn’t make any sense to say anything but spring 2013.

      After all, A) this is an American show and B) it’s only premiering in North America. So I don’t know how you’re going to get it, unless you do so illegally. Either way, I’m pretty sure you can use the context clues to figure out whose spring we’re talking about here, and we don’t have to waste all this time nitpicking for no good reason.

      • Air dates in America dictate airdates in Australia. Most networks ‘fast track’ (their term, not mine) tv series so they air within hours or days of their US broadcasts. Arrested Development is one of my favourite television series so of course I want to know.

        Look back at your previous post to see why I’m saying you are defensive and why I went into detail explaining the quarters.

        Also, I can purchase a netflix subscription if I re-sign up for a VPN service. I’m therefore paying for the content and in my country bypassing region restrictions is completely legal. Of course I’d prefer not to do that but if it’s the only option given to me…

        • Arrested Development is not airing on broadcast television, it’s being released on Netflix, and only in the U.S. and Canada. Sometime after, it’ll air in the U.K. There are no announcements about Australia or anywhere else, as far as I know.

          • Also, just to clarify the issue with reporting on release time frames isn’t something that is unique to your article, it’s something that happens worldwide. You are quoting information from Netflix, that is how they describe the release date. The internet is global and it’s something that people are going to have to take into consideration more and more as time goes on. Hopefully we will reach a point where distribution of TV series in this fashion is done world wide to all markets concurrently. And hopefully we can get some Christmas movies that aren’t set in the snow!

  10. Correct, which is why I’m forced to rely solely on the US release date to have an indication as to when it will air on broadcast television in Australia. In order to combat piracy and people bypassing region protection on American subscription services cable and broadcast television services are forced to provide access to TV series almost immediately after their relase in the US.

    This applies to more than television series, it’s why there are now worldwide releases for movies where as in the past we could potentially wait upto 6 months before a movie would hit the cinemas, or a dvd would be released many months after it’s release in the US. Having opposing seasons and different public holidays, school holidays etc our ‘on season’ was in the US off season. Who wants to sit inside when the sun is going down at 8pm and the temperate is 40oC?

    Taking all that into account it’s understandable why they did things the way they did in the past. With the increases in bandwidth and the rise of piracy they have absolutely no choice. I believe you are 100% right about worldwide distribution. At present I haven’t been able to find any announcements either. I will, however, continue to search up and keep reading this and other entertainment news sites as the time approaches, and if the delay is going to be significant, I’ll get myself a Netflix subscription and watch along with the U.S.

    • when australia and GB release there own tv shows i’m sure they go by whatever time frame it is there and dont have to figure out a world wide explanation of the seasons or refer to things in quarters. FYI, a lot of business consider jan part of the 4th quarter, and they don’t necessarily split up jan-mar, apr-june, etc… (i used to work for Sears, and they had strange dates for their quarters)
      …also, since this is an American web-site discussing American TV shows, we would prefer if you used Americanized temperature readings. most of us don’t know what 40oC even means. sounds cold to me.

      that last part was sarcasm, for those that are irony deficient

      • Dude the internet is international, get use to it. Australia and Britain (Britain in particular) have already mastered making television shows, believe it or not, and that of Arrested Development grandeur. For the whole degrees thing as well, America is one of the only countries left using Fahrenheit and that is along with Celsius. It seems like you’re from America, wouldn’t you be happy that other countries are so keen on an American show?

  11. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has a huge crush on Maeby. Isn’t it awesome that after 6 years the original cast are all still with us and willing to do another season, that just makes me like this show so much more!

    • It’s pretty much what happened to Family Guy. If only FOX marketed these shows better when they first came out… originally Arrested Development aired on Sunday nights… a terrible time slot for this type of show. Then they moved it to Mondays and by that time, it was too late. Because of the continuous storyline, barely anyone knew what was going on and there wasn’t enough interest. I also think it was before its time. This was a very innovative, new type of show that hadn’t been done yet. It’s kind of funny that after it got cancelled, shows like “The Office” came out and used parts of the narrative style of AD to tell their story. In the end, I truly believe AD changed the way tv comedies were made… and I ‘m still so mad that nobody watched it back then when I told them to!!! Thank you Netflix for bringing back this insanely hilarious show, exposing it to the masses, and finally giving it a place in TV history that it deserves.

      And remember… there’s always money in the banana stand.

  12. Australia does release TV shows, it’s just not many people in the US care! Usually releases are indicated as either ‘coming soon’ or by the month and sometimes down to the date they will be released.

    If you have any trouble with standardised units of measurement, look to the rest of the world or even your Canadian neighbours, I’m sure they will happily educate you!

    • Rule number 1, Robert…americans don’t care about anything outside of America. it’s why the rest of the world think they’re a country of prats! I’m with you. If you are making products with worldwide appeal, make it accessible to the rest of the world. We all have more money than America nowadays so they should start making things for the rest of us.

      • Are you people serious?

        Netflix. Netflix. NETFLIX is not releasing this show anywhere outside of America and Canada (initially). The only information NETFLIX released (at the time) was that season 4 would be released in Spring 2013. In North America. JUST North America. If you have any complaints as to any of the above FACTUAL statements, please address them directly to NETFLIX.

        This isn’t about American arrogance, it’s about facts. You are starting an argument for no reason whatsoever, and it’s one that lacks any of those very important facts.

        Also, uh, who has more money than the U.S.? I’m not saying there isn’t a lot to criticize about my country, but having a “I got more $$” argument with the world’s only super power seems a tad silly.

        • worlds only superpower?

          china, europe, even japan.

          china is winning economically, we’ll all be speaking chinese at least as a second language sometime.

          and all people are asking is for a tiny bit of time to say if spring is around which time or quarter. not really asking much

          • You’re ridiculous. I’m going to report what the news is, and the news, at the time, was spring 2013 for North America only. So sorry if you couldn’t Google “when is spring in North America?” I know, it’s a tough, like, 32 clicks on your keyboard. Far fewer, of course, than the ones it took to write your comments in this thread.

            Listen, I’m not saying the U.S. will always be the world’s only superpower, but the only viable country you listed there was China, which still isn’t quite there yet.

            From Wikipedia:

            “After the Cold War, only the United States appeared to fulfill the criteria to be considered a world superpower.[1] The term “second superpower” has been applied by scholars to the possibility that the People’s Republic of China could soon emerge as a superpower on par with the United States.”

            This is not me bragging about the U.S. It’s objective. The U.S. is currently the only superpower, which means basically that no other country is on par with it in terms of power.

            As for China’s economy, it’s actually starting to go through a downturn. But whatever, this is a ridiculous argument from somebody who clearly just wants to argue.

            • All that is being said is that perhaps you could consider stating Qx instead of . I like America, I went to a few parts of California for my honeymoon, and of course the obligatory visit to Vegas… I understand that a large proportion of the world does not have very high opinions of the country and that is a real shame. Perhaps you could do your part by avoiding being argumentative with people who post comments to your news articles and trying to explain things to a global audience.

              I understand you are reporting on a press release from Netflix, but just because they don’t do things properly doesn’t mean you can’t! If everybody jumped off the Sydney Harbour Bridge does that mean you would?! Of course not! Be BETTER than Netflix, be BETTER than what people expect you to be!

            • You seem to be arguing with a straw man, what relevence does China’s GDP have to Arrested Development and what quarter it is going to be released?

              • “All that is being said is that perhaps you could consider stating Qx instead of . ”

                I considered it, then I promptly disagreed with the premise because it was ridiculous.

                “Perhaps you could do your part by avoiding being argumentative with people who post comments to your news articles and trying to explain things to a global audience.”

                Since Arrested Development is not debuting to a global audience – no.

                “I understand you are reporting on a press release from Netflix, but just because they don’t do things properly doesn’t mean you can’t!”

                They are doing things properly. They’re letting the people who will be able to view Arrested Development on Netflix know when it’s going to debut. Those people live in North America. Sorry, I’m not going to write “quarter x” for the people who are illegally streaming the episodes. Those people can type “when is spring 2013 in North America” in the Google search bar. It’s actually quite easy, having basically just done it. In fact, you can go ahead and copy and paste what I just wrote there if that’s too difficult for you.

                “You seem to be arguing with a straw man, what relevence does China’s GDP have to Arrested Development and what quarter it is going to be released?”

                Robert, I didn’t bring up China, nor did I bring up how much money other countries have in comparison to the U.S. Everything I said about either topic was in response to someone else’s nonsense. Please, utilize your reading comprehension skills.

                Also, I don’t think you know what a straw man is.

  13. A straw man or straw person, also known in the UK as an Aunt Sally, [1][2] is a type of argument and is an informal fallacy based on misrepresentation of an opponent’s position. [3] To “attack a straw man” is to create the illusion of having refuted a proposition by replacing it with a superficially similar yet unequivalent proposition (the “straw man”), and to refute it, without ever having actually refuted the original position.

    Quite clearly the argument on China’s wealth in relation the the US was such an argument and you obviously have fallen for it. I didn’t claim you raised he argument claiming that i did is as though you wish to argue for arguments sake. I see no sense in such behaviour…

    • Dear lord. Looking up the definition of a straw man argument and copying and pasting it doesn’t mean you understand it. In fact, it’s patently clear now that you don’t.

      “A straw man or straw person, also known in the UK as an Aunt Sally, [1][2] is a type of argument and is an informal fallacy based on misrepresentation of an opponent’s position.”

      Opponent’s position. Read it. It’s right there. You pasted it from Wikipedia, for heaven’s sake! It’s really not that hard.

      It’s not a straw man argument if you didn’t RAISE the argument. Of course, it still wasn’t a straw man argument AT ALL because it wasn’t a misrepresentation of my own argument (seriously, did you even read the definition you copy/pasted?); rather, it was just a guy talking about how much richer he thinks every other country in the world is compared to the U.S.

      “I didn’t claim you raised he argument claiming that i did is as though you wish to argue for arguments sake.”

      Uh, no. You said directly to me, and I quote, “You seem to be arguing with a straw man, what relevence does China’s GDP have to Arrested Development and what quarter it is going to be released?” I wasn’t arguing with a straw man – that would mean that I created the straw man argument to win some separate debate, which I have proven I did not – I was arguing with the person who created the straw man (but not really, since it obviously wasn’t a straw man). You didn’t respond to the person who brought it up, you responded to ME.

      Sorry, you’re the only one here who seems to enjoy arguing for argument’s sake, having argued for 2 months that I should use “quarter x” instead of “spring 2013″ because you want to know when you can illegally stream Arrested Development season 4 and you’re too lazy to Google search “when is spring 2013 in North America.” Of course, it’s even more useless a criticism when you take into account the fact that neither “spring 2013″ or “quarter x” actually tell you when the show will be released since both terms cover a period of months.

  14. Sorry Ben, but I didn’t claim you raised the straw man, I merely pointed out one was thrown at you and you couldn’t help but fall for it. You were insightful enough to rcognise it initially but you fell flat…

    I’ve also stated a number of times release dates in the Us impact release dates here. Obviously as a fan of the show I would like to know when it is going to be released which is why I read your article. I have never once stated I intended to violate copyright. If, however, no news is forthcoming about a release in Australia then I will violate Netflix TOS by circumventing region protection with a VPN service. There is no crime civil or otherwise that is being committed on my part by doing so and repeated accusions of such are in contrivention of your own sites rules. I have stated my intentions a number of times and given no indication that i intend to obtain the artists works without paying for access to a service that provides it.

    The simple matter is, you report the news, this website is accessible globally, it returns results on Google when searching for a show, people outside of the US are fans of the show… I just don’t see how this is not making sense to you. I acknowledge your argument, yes it is a US show, yes it is premiering on a Us subscription based VoD service, but you can’t seem to acknowledge that people on the other side of the world may be interested in it as well for reasons other than piracy? If you were interested in the latest series of Underbelly (about the only decent show produced in Australia since Farscape in my opinion) the you would find dates and release information are reported as coming soon and then a month or release date will be provided when known.

    I get it, Netflix says Spring, that doesn’t mean you can’t do better than them! You are reporting news, investigate, look at the sources, and understand you have a global audition. Or just be mediocre… and I’m not the only one who has suggested you consider posting quarters rather than using a season, there,s been a few people who have taken time out to respond and share their position with you. But hey why listen to readers, what would we know?

    • Robert, you don’t know what a straw man is. As I said previously, what that guy said was not a straw man. A straw man would be, for example, if I were to say, “So you’re saying everybody who says Arrested Development is coming out in spring 2013 is as bad as Hitler???” You’re not saying that, but I’m twisting your argument to make it more fallible. That’s what a straw man is.

      As for spring 2013/quarter 2…

      I have made seventeen arguments proving that your logic here is incredibly flawed. I’ve already said this, of course, but perhaps it bears repeating:

      SPRING AND QUARTER 2 ARE NOT THE SAME PERIOD OF TIME.

      I hope you understand this, but for the sake of argument, let’s assume you don’t. NOW YOU DO. Spring and the second quarter of the year ARE NOT THE SAME. They cover a certain amount of the same time, but they diverge at key points.

      SO if I were to say “Arrested Development” will be released in the second quarter and it ends up being released in March (it won’t, of course, but this is for argument’s sake), then I would be wrong.

      However, if I were to say Arrested Development will be released in Spring 2013 and it ends up being released in March … well, guess what! I WOULD be telling the truth.

      Just one of a hundred reasons why, in this instance, I should not be listening to you, the reader, or anyone else who suggests I use “second quarter” instead of “spring 2013″ when Netflix expressly used the latter. They are not the same things. Just because you’re wrong, doesn’t mean I should be, too.

      • Point taken Ben, I apologise for not taking note earlier regarding your original statement about Spring not being quarter 2.

        My argument with the straw man still stands with jac12345 and mattthyew throwing a straw man at you but the relevence of that is questionable at best.

      • Point taken Ben, I apologise for not taking note earlier regarding your original statement about Spring not being quarter 2.

        My argument with the straw man still stands with jac12345 and mattthyew throwing a straw man at you but the relevence of that is questionable at best.

        Good news is we’re almost at the point where we will have an exact date for release!

      • Point taken Ben, I apologise for not taking note earlier regarding your original statement about Spring not being quarter 2.

        My argument with the straw man still stands with jac12345 and matthew throwing a straw man at you but the relevence of that is questionable at best.

        Good news is we’re almost at the point where we will have an exact date for release!

      • Point taken Ben, I apologise for not taking note earlier regarding your original statement about Spring not being quarter 2.

        My argument with the straw man still stands with the two people throwing a straw man at you but the relevence of that is questionable at best.

        Good news is we’re almost at the point where we will have an exact date for release!

        • Yep! Shouldn’t be too long now.

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