Though a rumor started going around before the end of 2012 that the new season of Arrested Development would appear on Netflix on May 4, 2013, the mail and streaming video service has since debunked that news with no offer of an official premiere window.
However, one other bit of information about Arrested Development season 4 seems to be accurate, and that's the episode names for each of the 14 episodes being released simultaneously on Netflix.
Fox Fast apparently put the title names online before quickly removing them, but thankfully, Bleeding Cool caught the episode titles from Oh No They Didn't. Here they are for your consideration:
- Michael 1
- Michael 2
- George Sr. 1
- George Sr. 2
- Lindsay 1
- Lindsay 2
- George Michael 1
- George Michael 2
- Gob 2
As you can see, they don't really give anything away. However, they do fit in with the description of this new season in that each episode would focus on an individual character, catching us up on what each member of the Bluth family has been up to all this time.
What's really interesting, though, is seeing which characters get two-part episodes, especially Gob - who actually has his second episode as the season finale, happening a full five episodes after his first chapter.
Likely, this is all part of Mitch Hurwitz's plan to format the show differently since Netflix will make all the episodes available at the same time. As the series creator said earlier last year, "There’s going to be some mystery sprinkled throughout this [but] instead of watching one a week and trying to get ahead of it, the hope is [fans] will watch them all together and then go back and look for clues and connections…"
Though the premiere date is still up in the air, we're betting the show ends up premiering in the early summer or late spring, which might make the now-debunked May 4th estimate not too far off. Stay tuned for anymore updates.
Arrested Development will be back sometime in 2013.
Source: Fox Fast (via Bleeding Cool & Oh No They Didn't)