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The cancelled comedy cult TV show Arrested Development is making headlines after reports that the show might be returning for another season with a movie to follow. The show is centered on the zany life and actions of the formerly wealthy Bluth family.
While George Bluth, CEO and patriarch of the Bluth family, is in jail due to embezzlement charges, it is up to his son Michael to help the family cope with their hilariously disastrous downfall. The show was cancelled in 2006 due to poor ratings despite critical acclaim and multiple Emmy nominations and wins.
A giant Arrested Development reunion took place on October 2nd at The New Yorker Festival, where the entire cast was present, including series creator Mitch Hurwitz. It was there that Hurwitz dropped the bomb that Arrested Development would be coming back for one more TV Season before releasing a movie.
A New York Times reporter who was in attendance at the event, tweeted, “Mitch Hurwitz says he plans limited Arrested Development series (9-10 eps, 1 character per ep) that would lead into movie.” This format of devoting a single episode to each member of the Bluth family is possibly the only feasible manner in which a new season can be accomplished.
Jason Bateman (Michael Bluth), Will Arnett (GOB Bluth), and Michael Cera (George-Michael Bluth) are all stars in their own right who no doubt have busy production schedules. However this is not the first time that fans have heard such talks of an on-screen reunion of the Bluth family.
For years, Bateman and Arnett have been adamant in promising an Arrested Development movie, and for years nothing has manifested. On the other hand, this time seems to be different, with a testimony on Bateman’s twitter “It’s true. We will do 10 episodes and the movie. Probably shoot them all together next summer for a release in early ’13.
VERY excited!” and Arnett’s overly personal corroboration tweet, “I’m peeing with @batemanjason at the moment…and we can confirm that we are going to make new AD eps and a movie.” Fans have a lot to get excited over.
With all the actors set to return, the only question is where fans will be able to watch the televised antics of the Bluth family. That problem is going to be solved by one of two suitors — Showtime and the out of the blue candidate Netflix. According to Deadline.com there are reports that “20th Century Fox TV, which co-produced Arrested Development with Imagine TV, has had talks with Netflix, which has been on the hunt for original programming, and Showtime, whose new entertainment president David Nevins shepherded Arrested Development when he ran Imagine TV.”
Chances are high for this long awaited reunion of the Bluth family to finally happen. Let’s hope that with all these big stars, production doesn’t run into financial troubles, but if it does just remember… there’s always money in the banana stand.