Now that Arrested Development season 4 is officially in production, there are seemingly news items about the revival multiple times a week, including set photos and a revelation that the cast of Workaholics will be appearing.
Today, we’ve got more set photos – the most hilarious of which features George Michael Bluth (Michael Cera) on his uncle GOB Bluth’s Segway, reminiscent of his uncle GOB Bluth (Will Arnett) – and news that Mad Men‘s John Slattery has joined the cast of season 4.
Check out George Michael on a Segway below (click the image to see more photos):
It looks like George Michael will be taking after his weird, immature, unintelligent, overly sensitive, and sometimes incredibly creepy uncle in more ways than one (could performing
tricks illusions be far behind?). Not only is he riding a Segway – which is GOB’s preferred means of travel (even when he’s fighting dragons from the future) – he’s also hitting on a young blonde girl on the UC Irvine campus.
Understand, George Michael isn’t exactly known for being charming with the ladies. His romantic relationships start and stop at his cousin (not blood-related, though he didn’t know that at the time) and Ann Veal, who was so bland that it read “not pictured” under her school picture. Being able to approach and proposition a girl who’s neither bland nor related to him is definitely a new development for the second youngest Bluth. Might he be (emotionally) reeling because his father, Michael Bluth, told him he can’t have a relationship with his not-blood-related cousin? Is this his way of filling the void left by Maebe – by hitting on every girl he passes on his uncle’s Segway? Only time will tell. (But yes, probably.)
On the casting side of things, TV Line is reporting that John Slattery (Roger Sterling from Mad Men) will be joining the cast for the new season. There’s no word yet as to who he’ll play or if his part will be significant (like Liza Minelli in seasons 1, 2, and 3) or minor (like Andy Richter in season 3), but we do know he’ll be appearing in multiple episodes of the 10-episode season. Based solely on his acting background, I wouldn’t be surprised if he were playing the president of a competing real estate company – or even (gulp) the villainous new president of the Bluth Company, now that Michael and George Bluth have abandoned the company and Lucille (presumably) went to prison.
Slattery’s addition jibes with what Ron Howard recently told MTV News regarding new characters, storylines, and ideas appearing in season 4:
“Mitch [Hurwitz] isn’t trying to recreate something. It’s been away for a while, and part of the fun that Mitch has been mining and exploiting is, what’s new to discover about these people? What’s delightfully unchanged? He and the writing staff and the actors have a fantastic sense of that. They’re pretty brazen, pretty bold and fearless. That’s what made the show into something that fans really kept alive. [Mitch Hurwitz and the cast are] having the greatest time getting together and getting back into it. It’s cool and bold and funny, and out there taking chances, just like it always did.”
Of course, there have been concerns from fans that the new series and subsequent film will never be able to live up to the expectations created by a six-year-gap, or that the new series could sully the good Arrested Development name if it’s disappointing (a la the Star Wars prequels). But seeing Tobias Funke in his patented sandals and socks combo – wrapped in a sheet like he’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, for some reason – and George Michael emulating his uncle’s bizarre behavior are both excellent indicators that the show is headed in the right direction.
Are you guys looking forward to the new season? Does Michael Cera riding GOB’s Segway give you hope that the new series could be just as good as the old one? Let us know in the comments.
Arrested Development season 4 will premiere in its entirety on Netflix in 2013.
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