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After years of lamenting the demise of the cult television hit, Arrested Development, devoted followers of the offbeat comedy will finally get their consolation. Announced in January, the sitcom that only lasted three seasons on network television, but lives on in the hearts, minds, and perpetual streaming outlets of its enthusiasts, will officially rise again. Currently set for early next year, the revival will come in the form of a ten episode series, exclusively broadcast on Netflix.
Though not available to speak further on the subject, writer Dean Lorey had this to say on his blog, “We’re really doing this thing. Mitch Hurwitz, Jim Vallely and I are off writing the new season of ARRESTED to premiere on Netflix in 2013. The original cast is back. There are offices and parking spaces. We’re shooting this year. I wish I could give more specifics but, for the moment, even the schedule is being kept under wraps. But it’s happening and it’s great to be back with my pals from the show. More later as it becomes okay to release further details…”
Everyone really is on board, even stars like Jason Bateman and Michael Cera, who’ve gone on to find successful careers in the film world. The crew includes both actors along with Will Arnett (who currently stars in the TV series, Up All Night), Jeffrey Tambor, David Cross, Portia De Rossi, Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat and Jessica Walter.
Bateman also tweeted about the comeback, “It’s true. We will do ten episodes and the movie. Probably shoot them all together next summer for a release in early ’13. VERY excited!”
In regards to the proposed film, there’s also been rumors of a big screen production in the works, as writer Mitchell Hurwitz told The New York Times, “Just creatively, I have been working on the screenplay for a long time and found that as time went by, there was so much more to the story.”
The television series is a slick move on the part of Netflix, a tech company that recently refocused its game in its advancement towards producing original content. After previously announcing actor Kevin Spacey would be developing his own programming for the online entertainment hub, this allows the platform to further capitalize on trends to consume content digitally. Furthermore, for those not as hip to the Arrested Development scene – and it truly is a scene – Netflix has already become a way for many to discover the show. By pulling in new and old viewers and boosting its overall appeal, Netflix grows in the ranks of content providers while also building an alliance with the entertainment industry.
Said Peter Levinsohn, Fox Filmed Entertainment’s President of New Media & Digital Distribution, in a statement to the L.A. Times, “Bringing a classic show back to production on new episodes exclusively for Netflix customers is a game changer, and illustrates the incredible potential the new digital landscape affords great content providers like Twentieth Century Fox Television and Imagine.”
As a classic show and Emmy Award-winner, Arrested Development indoctrinates new fans using an esoteric language that grows more understandable as the viewer engrosses themselves in the trials of the Bluth family. A series of countless inside jokes, the show is a lifestyle; there are real idiosyncrasies that embody the characters, and everyday situations infused in the script. For the program’s disciples, the concept, lingo, and attitude idealized by its storyline are working components to daily routine. It’s the tale of grown-ups who never grow up, whose life lingers on hinges that never break. The characters don’t get it, but seemingly, they don’t have to.
Arrested Development fans are every age, field and type of person. You just have to be down with the affiliation.
“I am a math teacher, and all of my word problems are centered around the Bluth Family,” comments one fan on Huffington Post about the return.
“This news makes me want to hang a ‘You’re killing me, Buster!’ banner in front of my house and drive a stair car through it,” adds another, also throwing in, “George Bush doesn’t care about black puppets.”
In perhaps the best example of ‘art imitating life,’ one devotee remarks, “We’ve taught my two year old granddaughter the correct way to cluck like a chicken, thanks to this show.”
Of course, members of the Twittersphere were equally elated over the news.
Katie tweets, “My Econ test just made references to Arrested Development, so I wrote that there’s always money in the banana stand as part of my answer.”
“Just got called ‘Chief’ by a guy that looks like Tobias from Arrested Development,” writes ChiaPat. “Couldn’t help but chuckle to myself.”
Oh, and since you asked, yes, there’s also a website solely created to anticipate the sitcom’s return. It’s called, “Bluth Family Reunion,” dubbed the unofficial site about the Bluths of Orange County,” and in addition to posting news updates, there’s all kind of sarcasm and understated references nestled into the details.
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