Arrested Development cast reunites, announces plans for TV comeback

The full cast of Arrested Development reunited Sunday for the first time since FOX cancelled the critically beloved sitcom five years ago — and revealed a bombshell development.

While everyone expected to hear news about a long-rumored AD movie, they heard creator Mitchell Hurwitz instead say that the movie would be preceded by a limited-run TV season consisting of nine or 10 episodes, each focusing on one member of the Bluth family and helping to set up the feature film. Hurwitz said the cast had cleared its schedule to shoot the episodes next summer. On Twitter, Will Arnett and Jason Bateman also confirmed this news. “VERY excited!” Bateman Tweeted.

You can watch Hurwitz discuss this all with the cast in this video shot during the New Yorker Festival. Roll the clip!

But where would the comeback season air on TV?

Word is circulating that Hurwitz, fellow executive producer Ron Howard, 20th Century Fox TV and others already are talking with Showtime and Netflix. Why them?

Perhaps because Showtime’s current president is David Nevins, who was the other executive producer of Arrested Development during his time at Imagine alongside Howard and Brian Grazer. And before serving as Imagine’s president, he was an executive VP at FOX. Sounds like the guy who could make this comeback a reality.

By the way, you can catch up with the third and “final” season of Arrested Development’s TV run on Hulu right now if you need a fix.

Sean L. McCarthy

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