I didn’t dislike Season 4 of Arrested Development, but I didn’t come even remotely close to loving it the way I did the first three seasons of the show during its initial run. A lot of that had to do with the fact that, due to cast availability, not a lot of the actors were always available to be in the same place at the same time. So many of the episodes were standalone pieces that would focus on a single character. Also a problem? The lack of a runnng time limitation. I think Arrested Development was at its best when it was busting at the seams trying to fit into those 22 network mandated minutes. When the show had the freedom to stretch episodes out to the 40 minute mark, it felt a bit flabby.
But now it feels like series creator Mitch Hurwitz is taking steps towards mitigating one (if not both) of those issues. Hit the jump for more on the Arrested Development Season 4 recut and why there’s a chance it might not even come out.
Hurwitz told Pretentious Film Majors (via EW), “right now I’m cutting a version of season four that tells it chronologically.” This sounds exciting, but there’s a cloud for every silver lining. Here the cloud comes in the form of a comment Pretentious Film Majors addressed wherein they noted that Hurwitz commented off camera that the re-assembled Season 4 may indeed only be created “to get the studio more interested in Season 5.” If that’s the case, the silver lining to the cloud we just now discovered may be that Season 5, should it happen, will be told in chronological order as well.
My thought? As long as there’s a deal with Netflix they might was well toss it up there. Don’t spend any promo money on it, just pop it up. I imagine they own the footage. One can hope.