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.
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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