Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Here's How the New Arrested Development Season Will Play Out

Mitch Hurwitz and the cast of Arrested Development appeared together at a Netflix panel at the National Association of Broadcasters convention yesterday, and they gave up a whole bunch of details on just how this revival is gonna work. Vulture was there and captured all the juicy details.

Firstly, all 10 episodes are going to drop on Netflix streaming on the same day rather than them being released weekly like a traditional TV show. So that's good for the bingers: after this years-long wait, you'll be able to tear through the entire new season in less than five hours. As for what the episodes will actually be like:

Originally, Hurwitz's plan had been to make the revival like an anthology, with each episode telling a somewhat self-contained story about a specific character. "That is now kind of evolving into becoming more like the old show again," Hurwitz told a packed house of conventioneers, who politely applauded the introduction of other Netflix offerings (such as David Fincher and Kevin Spacey's House of Cards) but exploded at the mention of Arrested and the arrival of cast members Will Arnett, David Cross, Alia Shawkat, Jeffrey Tambor, and Jessica Walter. The reason for the change: Hurwitz sees a chance to tweak the show's format to take advantage of the fact that the full ten-episode season will debut at once, rather than over two-and-a-half months. "There's something exciting about trying to break the form again," he said.

Well, that sounds pretty fucking exciting. And Hurwitz even mentioned that he'd be up for doing more seasons after this if it goes well. The bad news: we're still a full year away from this, as they don't even start shooting until this summer.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nick-Douglas/69100171 Nick Douglas

    Half of me's thrilled that they're just gonna do more of what we love, and the other half's disappointed we don't get to see a new experiment with these characters. But the brilliance was always in the interactions between the whole family, right?

  • Anthony Coro

    I'm definitely happy to hear that the episodes will be similar to the originals–confining GOB and Tobias to single episodes just wouldn't be right. The only reason I support the 10 episodes at once is because it should mean that the DVD will be released sooner. (I love AD but Netflix isn't really practical for me.) I mean, if I've been deprived of pancakes for seven years and all of a sudden someone offers me ten pancakes, yeah, I'll gladly eat it up…but when I'm all finished, there will be a certain emptiness inside (besides the shitload of pancakes of course), and I won't be as anxious for my next batch of pancakes. But if you tell me, "Hey, good news, the 7-year pancake drought is over, but we still have to ration them. You can have one or two a week," you better damn well believe that I'll appreciate every single pancake, and my appetite for pancakes will never vanish.

    The opportunity for future episodes seems just like a tease to me. I don't see the AD renaissance being a long-term thing, for better or worse. Bateman and Cera have film careers; Arnett's on Up All Night; and Jeffrey Tambor probably has an audition lined up for another sitcom that NBC will cancel 10 minutes into the first episode.

  • Zachbernheisel

    Up All Night might get cancelled (bad ratings), Retired at 35 might get cancelled (bad reviews),  Bent is definitely getting cancelled. Cross, Shakwat, and Hale aren't doing anything (thanks to NBC making the awful decision of cancelling Andy Barker, P.I.). Bateman and Cera could just come back to AD. Plus each season would only be 10 episodes, how long could it take.