Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Hey, Hermano! Netflix Announces ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT for May

It's been awhile since Netflix announced they would air new episodes of Arrested Development, the quirky and generally amazing sitcom that never belonged on Fox in the first place. At first we were told there would be ten new episodes starting in early 2013, but that got pushed back and expanded. So then the news was 14 episodes sometime in the Spring.

And now it's official! Or at least sort of official. TVLine and Entertainment Weekly are both reporting, based on intel from the Television Critics Association winter press tour, that Arrested Development and its 14 episodes will start on Netflix in May. So no exact date in May, but hey, May in general is better than June, July, or parts thereafter.

Word is that the new episodes will act as a kind of catch-up to where and what the Bluths have been doing since we saw them last, as a way of creating a platform for a movie later. An Arrested Development feature film was supposedly in the works before the Netflix deal was announced in November 2011, and that may still be happening. If Michael Cera, who plays Bluth son George Michael, hasn't outgrown the rest of the family.

Not only will regulars Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Cera, David Cross, Portia de Rossi, Tony Hale, Alia Shawcat, Jeffrey Tambor and Jessica Walter all be back for the Netflix episodes, but they will be joined by guests like Liza Minnelli, Conan O'Brien and John Slattery. Will Ron Howard show up, too? Will Maeby Fünke (Shawcat) sing "Call Me Maybe" or has that moment of pop culture relevance passed? Will we see terrible lawyers Barry Zuckerkorn (Henry Winkler) or Bob Loblaw (Scott Baio), Lupe the maid (B. W. Gonzalez), boring girlfriend Ann Veal (Mae Whitman), wayward secretary Kitty (Judy Greer), Carl Weathers (Carl Weathers) or blind-but-not-really Maggie Lizer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus)? And what about STEVE HOLT!? (He was played by Justin Wade Grant, but they could totally replace him and I wouldn't notice. It's the concept of STEVE HOLT! that counts.)

I also have a fondness for the stair car. But maybe that's too much to hope for.


  1. Your final point has already been addressed:

  2. Wow, that HuffPo article has all kinds of good info, with a yes to the stair car as well as Barry Zuckerkorn, Bob Loblaw AND Kitty! Lucille II I already knew about. And the Segway, which I totally forgot but is absolutely necessary. No word on the banana stand.

    Note that nobody mentions Marta I, II or III. I liked II, myself.