"Arrested Development" fans finally have some good news to look forward to. Season 4 of the comedy series will premiere May 26th on Netflix.
"Arrested Development" originally aired on Fox from 2003 to 2006. The show gained a hardcore following, buying the first three seasons on DVD and watching the show online. After so many years had passed without a new season, fans were skeptical to get their hopes up when they heard rumors circulating. But the news is official.
Netflix will stream the return of Arrested Development on May 26, with each installment focusing on a different member of the Bluth family. The episodes won't be anything like the first three seasons on Fox.
They play out like the first act of a movie. "Each character gets their own episode, and all the action happens at the same time," Bateman said on Jimmy Kimmel. "So it can only really work on Netflix, where these episodes are released on the same day. So, like, you can stop my episode if you see G.O.B. run by on his Segway, you can stop mine, click over into his, watch where he's going."
This is intentional, as they do plan to come back together and make a movie to follow up on the events of these episodes. "Unfortunately, there's probably gonna be about a year, maybe a year-and-a-half gap between the two, so you'll end up having to watch these episodes again," Bateman said. "It wasn't perfectly scheduled, but we were just happy to get together as soon as we could."
David Cross has joked that the release of 15 new episodes of Arrested Development could crash the internet. Discussing the series with IFC.
Cross says, "I'm curious. I'm not sure the grid will go down on that day, but the next day, it's going to be like, 'Gotta watch another, gotta watch another, gotta watch another' as people binge on it." He continues, "I'm not sure the grid will go down on that day, but the next day, it's going to be like, 'Gotta watch another, gotta watch another, gotta watch another' as people binge on it."
The cast and crew had much more creative freedom in season four because no network was directly involved in the production.