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."
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