It’s almost here, folks. New episodes of Arrested Development will be before our eyes in just a few short months, at which point we’ll see what the Bluths have been up to in the six years they’ve been off the air. The entire new season will be released at once on Netflix sometime this spring, and recently the season order was increased from 10 episodes to 13 or 14 episodes.
We know that each episode focuses on a single character, and now creator/showrunner Mitch Hurwitz has provided a surprising amount of details regarding the show’s return, including the fact that Jason Bateman’s Michael Bluth is the only character that appears in every episode, and each episode will show what happened to each character directly after the events of the season three finale in 2006. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
Speaking with USA Today, Hurwitz talked about the overall arc of the new episodes:
“The bigger story is the family has fallen apart at the start of our show,” Hurwitz says. “They all went their own way, without Michael holding them together, so they’re left to their own devices, and they’re not the most successful devices.” The season is designed as a “first act to what we eventually want to do, which is a big movie,” though there’s no guarantee it will ever get made.
He went on to explain how each episode of the show is set up:
“Each individual (episode) kind of depicts what happens in 2006 as the Bluths fled from the law on the Queen Mary” in what was once the series’ finale, then explains what’s happened to them since and leaves them in the present day, he says.
Hurwitz revealed that Michael Bluth is the only character that appears in every episode, and they’ve been crafting the season with rewatchability in mind:
“The show will look very different,” Hurwitz says, and is being assembled as a “very, very complex puzzle” from scenes shot out of sequence over many months. The true flavor “slowly reveals itself, as the moment you saw in one show will reappear in another show from a different character’s perspective,” he says. “If people watch it all at once, it will seem like a giant Arrested Development. It’s really tailored for Netflix.”
An official launch date has yet to be set, but the entirety of the new season will be released at once on Netflix sometime this spring.