We're just two weeks away from the return of Arrested Development, and though we've seen numerous images, an outtake, and the final poster from the long-awaited season 4, today we're finally seeing the trailer.
As you can see (and as you have doubtlessly read), everyone's back for this batch of 15 new episodes and they all look more or less the same as they did when Michael (Jason Batemen) and George Michael Bluth (Michael Cera) rode off into the sunset, leaving the family to fend for themselves at the end of season 3.
It's hard to tell from a trailer, but it seems like the Bluth family has done about as good a job of fending for themselves as can be expected.
Clearly, Gob (Will Arnett) is embracing the art of illusion and seduction while Lindsay (Portia de Rossi) and Tobias (David Cross) seem like they're still locked into some kind of loveless relationship. As for baby Buster (Tony Hale), he's still absent a hand and under Lucille's thumb, but at least he gets the sweet victory of a juice box at the end of the day.
As for Maeby (Alia Shawkat) and George Michael - well, they're still close, but whether or not they're still circling a taboo relationship remains to be seen.
Sadly, we won't get to see a lot of interplay between the entire cast as schedules demanded that each of these new episodes focus on a single character (though members of the main cast will still appear in those episodes). However, one thing we will see a lot of is guest stars.
For example, in the trailer, we can see Kitty Sanchez (Judy Greer) threaten Michael, as she is wont to do. And while none of the other guest stars from the show's initial run make an appearance in the trailer, we know that Mae Whitman, James Lipton, Andy Richter, Liza Minnelli, Ben Stiller, Carl Weathers, Ron Howard, Henry Winkler and Scott Baio will all be appearing at some point in season 4. Kristen Wiig, John Krasinski, Conan O'Brien, Isla Fisher, John Slattery, and Seth Rogen will also make appearances.
As for what happens after this season, nobody knows for sure. Netflix issued conflicting statements regarding future seasons in February, but a movie is a very real possibility and the show could lead to that becoming a reality - assuming Arrested fans feast on these new episodes like a bow-tie-wearing seal on mammal flesh.
Arrested Development returns on May 26th, 2013 with 15 new episodes on Netflix.