4:17 pm - 01/09/2013

'Arrested Development' Cast Talks Their Comeback

This is the story of the man who reunited the cast of Arrested Development to tell a new tale about that wealthy family who lost everything, and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together.

AD creator Mitch Hurwitz was joined by his cast (Jason Bateman, Portia di Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Jessica Walter, Jeffrey Tambor and Alia Shawkat) today at The Television Critics Association Tour in Pasadena, CA to preview the new episodes (14 in total) coming our way this May.

Earlier this week, Hurwitz revealed that each episode would focus on a single character, although Michael Bluth will appear in all, and chart their journey following the series finale. "Each individual (episode) kind of depicts what happens in 2006 as the Bluths fled from the law on the Queen Mary" he told USA Today, adding that the episode explains what has happened to them since and leaves them in the present day, he says.

"It is a very different form that emerged really organically," Hurwitz said at TCA. "It really followed the function of the fact that the family grew apart and the only way we could get [the actors] together was to kind of dedicate each episode to a different character's point of view. That became an interesting fun and engaging challenge. We found out that the stories would intersect."

That means every installment will repeat scenes from past "episodes," but reveal new information given another character's perspective.

"Originally, we wanted to be able to jump from one story to another, almost a choose your own adventure thing," Hurwitz said. "One giant 700 minute Arrested Development."

Although Bateman cautious against using certain verbiage -- ie: "season four" -- to describe these new offerings. "This is simply the first act in what we hope to continue and complete in a movie. These are episodes that set that up. One does not work without another." He adds, "It's certainly a satisfying conclusion to these episodes should the movie not happen, but it's part of a hybrid-package of Arrested Development stuff."

With all the episodes hitting Netflix on the same day, Hurwitz says the episodes can be viewed in any order, "there is an order that we put together to create the greatest number of surprises," Hurwitz said.

Us in the room were gifted with glimpses at the new episodes. We saw Gob on a cross, George Sr. being strangled, George Michael telling Gob "You stole my girlfriend," Tobias with a towel turban and Lindsay back on her charity kick.

Arrested Development will premiere this May on Netflix.

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powerbottom 9th-Jan-2013 09:25 pm (UTC)

Uh, fuck off.
abbie 9th-Jan-2013 09:27 pm (UTC)
Yep, May 4th.
rebeccamars 9th-Jan-2013 09:28 pm (UTC)
May the fourth be with you.
powerbottom 9th-Jan-2013 09:28 pm (UTC)
Should have done it on the 5th and began the series in Mexico again.
isthisdesire 9th-Jan-2013 09:37 pm (UTC)
on a Saturday? that's weird.
nicolaroberts 9th-Jan-2013 09:39 pm (UTC)
they're probably changing the specific date since it got leaked
yousaidlog 9th-Jan-2013 09:25 pm (UTC)
egads 9th-Jan-2013 09:37 pm (UTC)
rebeccamars 9th-Jan-2013 09:28 pm (UTC)
I can't believe it's going to be a decade since I became a fan of this show and there's still going to be new episodes.
abbie 9th-Jan-2013 09:30 pm (UTC)
Right? We could have gotten 10 seasons by now
grammaire 9th-Jan-2013 10:23 pm (UTC)

I still remember signing the Save Our Bluths petitions EIGHT years ago.
mistress_f 9th-Jan-2013 09:30 pm (UTC)
i blue myself everytime i think about this, even tho it's so far away :(
powerbottom 9th-Jan-2013 09:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, the 14 episodes are all dropping at the same time? Oh okay, I can wait.
fauxkaren 9th-Jan-2013 09:31 pm (UTC)
I am trying SO hard to keep my expectations low, but OOOMG.

I loved Arrested Development way back when it was still on the air and I remember being SO mad when it got cancelled. So like idk. I know it won't be the same as the old show, but I'm still just so happy to have it back in some form.
x_sweetsurprise 9th-Jan-2013 09:34 pm (UTC)
i finally watched all 3 seasons last week and i'm still crying laughing about bob loblaw. lmao i can't stop saying his name!
alaynestone 9th-Jan-2013 09:35 pm (UTC)
Bob Loblaw's Law Blog.

inknot 9th-Jan-2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
comedic gold, seriously.
egads 9th-Jan-2013 09:36 pm (UTC)
i forgot about this for the longest time and then someone i follow on twitter replied to someone with the last name law and called them boblob. and i've been periodically remembering it and laughing all over again ever since.
mistress_f 9th-Jan-2013 09:37 pm (UTC)
bob loblaw's law blog.
lol forever and ever
kissoffools 9th-Jan-2013 09:44 pm (UTC)
lmfao each floor of my dorm in first year uni had a theme - my RA and his assistants loved AD, so they gave each of us a character name, photo and quote on the door. my best friend got bob loblaw, lol! he was so pleased.
arbiterin ikr9th-Jan-2013 10:17 pm (UTC)
_keng_ 10th-Jan-2013 01:28 am (UTC)
Bob Loblaw Lobs Law Bomb!
alaynestone 9th-Jan-2013 09:35 pm (UTC)
Idk how to feel about each episode being exclusively about one character, with Michael being the only other constant throughout the season. I just love all the Bluths together! But it's part of a larger plan (the movie is apparently still on), so I'll live. I'm just happy to have it back.
kissoffools 9th-Jan-2013 09:37 pm (UTC)
I feel like others might make small appearances? They've said that Michael is the ONLY Bluth in every episode. That doesn't mean that like, Buster might not pop up in Lucille's episode for a scene or two. Maybe it won't feel that weird.
alaynestone 9th-Jan-2013 09:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm hoping it's more cohesive than they're making it sound.
fauxkaren 9th-Jan-2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I get the feeling that the Netflix series is supposed to be a "where are they now" type catch up deal where Michael visits all his various family members and then it's setting up the Bluths all getting back together for a movie.
egads 9th-Jan-2013 09:35 pm (UTC)

kissoffools 9th-Jan-2013 09:36 pm (UTC)
INTERNET, I'M COUNTING ON YOU! that shit better be online as soon as humanly possible.
egads 9th-Jan-2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
all the episodes will be on netflix at the same time so if you don't have netflix, they should be easy to find elsewhere.
kissoffools 9th-Jan-2013 09:42 pm (UTC)
yeah, i'm hoping so! i'm canadian and our netflix sucks, so i've never gone ahead and gotten it. hopefully the kind souls of the internet will provide. :)
mistress_f 9th-Jan-2013 09:44 pm (UTC)
ikr. i would get netflix for this alone, but not being in the us makes it impossible so piracy is my only resource for this.
miss_kate18 10th-Jan-2013 10:55 am (UTC)
Fuck yeah, especially for those of us outside the US!
jennitarox 9th-Jan-2013 09:53 pm (UTC)
pastelstar 9th-Jan-2013 09:56 pm (UTC)
andgedem 9th-Jan-2013 10:22 pm (UTC)
So I'm in the middle of season 2 now and NOW I UNDERSTAND!! This show really is as brilliant as everyone says it is. I'm soooo pumped!
flyingpigs_live 9th-Jan-2013 10:33 pm (UTC)
gaga 9th-Jan-2013 11:29 pm (UTC)
im so PUMPED, i rewatched the first season over break, gonna space em out so they lead up to the premiere!
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