Lest you hath fucking forgotten, there is more Arrested Development coming to this world. It’s easy to forget, since after the announcement that the show was being revived by Netflix nothing much has been heard. Friends, fear not. It is coming. Hungry for more details? Show creator Mitch Hurwitz can sate your needs.
Hurwitz revealed that the series would actually be somewhat more like the original series.
“Because everybody is on separate shows, we had this idea to do kind of an anthology series and meet the characters, where they have been, one at a time,” he said. “That is evolving into the old show again, even though the concept is slightly different.” Hurwitz cited Netflix’s plan to release all ten episodes for streaming at once, rather than over the course of a few months, as one reason for the change in plans.
Of course, one obvious downside of that model is the increased likelihood of spoilers hitting the web before everyone has a chance to catch up. But Hurwitz shrugged off those concerns. “It’s comedy. The twists really aren’t as important as the characters,” he observed.
Understandably, Hurwitz wouldn’t get too specific about plot details (though he did confirm that Scott Baio‘s Bob Loblaw would be back). However, he revealed that he intended to take full advantage of the new medium to work in red herrings and hints to upcoming twists, much as the first three seasons did.
“We are embracing the fact that these episodes are being ‘aired,’ so to speak, at the same time. And it is changing our storytelling; we had a lot of secrets that we were planting in storytelling,” he said. “We’d also like to use the technology to provide additional material, where you might be able to access another part of the story.” Hurwitz expressed his hope that viewers would be inspired to then go back and find the connections again, as if the fans who’ve practically worn out their original series DVDs with repeat viewings needed any encouragement
My girlfriend recently hopped on the Arrested Development train and I caught some of the show along with her. Jesus Christ, I had forgotten how fantastic the show was. I will take more. More, more more.