With Arrested Development season 4 in the midst of production, news items about the revival are hitting the Internet with alarming frequency, including casting announcements, interviews, and set photos. Plot details, however, have been sorely lacking so far.
Now, Adam DeVine – who was photographed on the Arrested Development set with his fellow Workaholics costars – has let slip a few details about the first episode of season 4, simply titled “Michael.” Meanwhile, Alia Shawkat (who plays Maeby Fünke) recently talked about what it was like to return to a show that was canceled more than six years ago.
On his surprise appearance on the Arrested Development set – courtesy of E! Online – Adam DeVine said:
“Yeah! We had a little cameo in ‘Arrested Development.’ And I can’t even talk about it, I signed some disclosure [agreement].”
DeVine then proceeded to ignore his disclosure agreement and talk about it:
“[Michael] is trying to get out of town and I work at the airline that he’s trying to get at. And I’m totally inept. I don’t know how to print a ticket or get his bags on the plane, so he’s having a hard time with me.”
While it might not seem very “spoilerific,” DeVine’s statement is probably the biggest revelation yet with regard to season 4’s plot (which obviously isn’t saying much at this point). This won’t be the first time Michael Bluth (Jason Batemen) has tried to skip town – in fact, his failed attempts to move to Phoenix to work for The Bluth Company’s rival, Sitwell Enterprises, became a bit of a running joke throughout the series. Last we saw Michael, he’d finally managed to leave his family behind as he and his son (and unbeknownst to him, his father) fled Orange County aboard GOB’s yacht, the C-Word, while Lucille (Jessica Walter) was being chased by the police for her multitudinous crimes.
The question is, why is Michael trying to skip town again if he already did a pretty good job of it in the season 3 finale? Or maybe he’s not actually leaving the O.C. (I know, I know, “don’t call it that”) – maybe he’s been working in Phoenix for a few years and that’s the town he’s trying to leave. After all, set photos featuring the previously seventeen-year-old George Michael (Michael Cera) in a U.C. Irvine t-shirt seem to imply that at least a year has passed since season 3.
Then again, perhaps Michael never permanently left Orange County, and his trying to leave in the first episode of season 4 is just another in a long line of “Michael can’t leave” gags. Of course, with six months or more left until the season premiere, it’s all within the realm of possibility at this point.
In other season 4 news, Alia Shawkat talked to Vulture about what it was like to reprise her role as Maeby Fünke, saying:
“It’s very surreal and awesome. I still feel like a teenager who’s insecure when I’m on set around all of the funny adults, trying to talk, but at the same time, everything has changed, and you’re trying to catch up. […] It’s like the weirdest flashbacks, and it’s been six years since we wrapped and it feels like no time has passed, and that’s what’s even weirder. “
On the quality of the writing in the new season, Shawkat said:
“The scripts [for season 4] keep getting funnier and funnier, and you know, we just get to do some crazy ****.”
Apparently, there’s some sort of “Call Me Maeby” meme going around – a cross-reference to Maeby Fünke and Carly Rae Jepsen’s insanely popular song “Call Me Maybe” – and some segment of the population wants to see one of the Arrested Development characters make this already dated joke in the forthcoming season. Fortunately, Shawkat is dubious about those prospects.
“There’s been lots of suggestions for ‘Call Me Maebe’ jokes, but I don’t think they’ll make it in there.”
If that isn’t proof that the new season is headed down the right path, I don’t know what is.
Arrested Development season 4 will be released on Netflix all at once in spring 2013. If it’s successful, a feature film will follow.
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