We’re getting ever closer to that fateful day when new Arrested Development episodes will be released, you guys. For a long time, Spring 2013 sounded like an eternity away, but now that we’ve all had our anti-climactic New Years Eve celebrations and clanging New Years Day hangovers, I can’t help but notice that the year we’re in finally has a 3 on the end of it. So it’s here! We made it to the future! We’re so close that people are giving interviews about it with actual details, and one of those people is the show’s creator, Mitch Hurwitz. So get ready for some real-life, juicy details about the concept of the show.
According to what he told USA Today, the only episode that the entire cast will appear in together is the finale. Other than that, each character will have his or her own episode, aside from Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth, who will appear in all thirteen to fourteen episodes (they still haven’t settled on which) as a thru-line. The episodes will also be fille dout with cameos by guest stars new (Mad Men star John Slattery, Conan O’Brien) and old (Henry Winkler as Barry Zuckercorn and Liza Minelli as Lucille II). This new format is partly conceived to free up the writers from a traditional TV structure, as they won’t have to juggle multiple storylines in the same episode, and partly because Netflix plans to make all the episodes available at the same time. One thing that’s very clear is that it won’t be the same AD we’re used to. In Mitch’s words:
“The show will look very different. We’re not jumping from one thing to another; you’re staying with one character.”
Each episode will fill the audience in on what individual characters have been up to since the show left the air in 2006, when Fox cancelled the show after its third season.
“The bigger story is the family has fallen apart at the start of our show,” Hurwitz said. “They all went their own way, without Michael holding them together, so they’re left to their own devices, and they’re not the most successful devices.”
The show is intended as a “first act to what we eventually want to do, which is a big movie,”…which he warns us may never happen, but I’m so relieved to finally be getting some solid details about this project straight from the horse’s mouth that I won’t even complain.