The Return of Arrested Development
This is “What’s Making Me Happy This Week,” a weekly feature inspired by the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. It’s pretty self-explanatory.
What’s Making Me Happy This Week (other than the fact that today I picked up tickets for upcoming gigs by the Hives and the Breeders) is confirmation – finally! – of the return of Arrested Development. Maybe I’m a few weeks behind on the news, but earlier this week I learned that Arrested Development is officially coming back, after 7 years away, with a 4th season that is going to air exclusively over Netflix. Critically, this is a true return of the original show. Executive producer Mitch Hurwitz is still in charge and all of the original cast members – Jeffrey Tambor, Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Jessica Walter, David Cross, Alia Shawkat, Michael Cera, and Portia de Rossi – are involved.
In true Arrested Development style, the show is going to air in an unprecedented and somewhat bizarre format. All 14 of the episodes will launch on Netflix simultaneously, so there won’t be a “first” or “last” episode so to speak. Rather than organize the episodes chronologically, they will be all be part of a puzzle. Each will center around a specific character but will be linked to the other episodes. You can watch them in any order you please and in the end they will all come together.
Why do it this way? Is Hurwitz trying to break new TV ground? Not really. Again, you have to remember, this is Arrested Development. The little engine that could. Since this is a side project for most of the actors, this is the only way it could have been done. Plus, Hurwitz (and Jason Bateman) have both indicated that the 14 episodes aren’t really a season in and of themselves, rather a first act … implying that the long-awaited Arrested Development movie is also really going to happen. Or maybe not.
Honestly, I don’t care if there’s a movie. After years of rumors I can’t believe that we’re actually getting more of the Bluths. More GOB and Franklin. More of Dr. Funke’s 100% Natural Good Time Family Band Solution. More Chicken Dances. More George Michael and Maeby. If you’ve never watched Arrested Development, please do so now. I mean, right now. You won’t regret it. And remember, there’s always money in the banana stand.
And that’s What’s Making Me Happy This Week.