Yessss. Mitch Hurwitz and the Arrested Development gods have heard my humble prayers and rewarded them accordingly. GET PSYCHED, because instead of the original order for a flat ten episodes, we’re looking at between twelve to fifteen new episodes when the series returns to Netflix in 2013.
My brain is so full of happiness and excitement that I can’t even think of a suitable Arrested Development inside joke to apply to this situation. I’m so happy I could just lay a mayonegg? That’s not bad. I’ll work on it. But in the meantime, let me tell you how this glorious event came to be. The show’s creator, Mitch, accidentally shot too much footage and thought up too many new plot lines and character arcs. As if such a thing is possible. Once Mitch realized that he had extra bonus nuggets of brilliance and joy, he and the producing studios got in touch with Netflix, who were thankfully totally down to expand the order from the original ten episodes.
As of right now, production has been paused so that Mitch can review the footage he’s already filmed, evaluate what additional footage he needs, and plan around the actors’ existing schedules to get everybody on set at the right times. Then and only then will we know for sure exactly how many episodes we’ll get in that juicy bundle, which is still scheduled to arrive in Spring of 2013, as planned. In the words of a Netflix spokesperson:
“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.”
Well this all sounds marvelous. I’ll just be here on the edge of my seat, sipping my Cloudmir vodka and enjoying these cornholes.
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