Expensive suits. Quasi-incestuous relationships. Carl Weathers. Minor Treason. It’s been nearly six years since the Bluth family brought good wholesome entertainment into America’s living rooms. But finally, after years of fan demand and seemingly endless rumors, new episodes of Arrested Development are returning to television in 2013. Provided, of course, that television has Netflix.
Like Family Guy and Futurama before, Twentieth Century Fox is bringing back the critically-acclaimed sitcom (Time Magazine called it one of the best TV shows of ALL-TIME) for a brand new season in 2013. But unlike its animated counterparts, fresh episodes of Arrested Development will be broadcast exclusively on Netflix. We told you back in March that Netflix would host original content with Kevin Spacey’s House of Cards, and while Development isn’t technically a Netflix original, the new episodes are surely the rental service’s highest-profile project to date. Hit the jump for more on AD’s return.
Earlier today, a tweet from The New Yorker, reporting straight from their own festival in New York, announced the unthinkable as Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz revealed during a cast reunion that the series would be back for another season, but that’s not all. This new season would lead directly into the long-gestating movie that has been talked about by each cast member, every other month, since the invention of television. Since that tweet, more details have surfaced from the festival from EW who reveals that Hurwitz intends to shoot 9 to 10 episodes, each focusing on on an individual character from the Bluth clan (which includes Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia DeRossi, David Cross, Will Arnett, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Tony Hale, and Alia Shawkat). Each episode will catch audiences up on what the characters have been doing for the past five years since the series’ cancellation in 2006. More details on the new season and the forthcoming movie after the jump.
[Update: The entire 100-minute reunion Arrested Development reunion panel is now available for your viewing pleasure after the jump; we've also added an interview with Ron Howard where he talks about how the new season will relate to the movie]
It turns out it’s possible to get the cast of Arrested Development to reunite, or at least reunite for one evening. Gothamist [via The Playlist] reports that Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, David Cross, Portia de Rossi, Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat, Jeffrey Tambor, and Jessica Walter will take the stage with Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz on October 2nd for a special panel. I’m sure they’ll talk about free trade agreements, the philosophical merits of Kant and Heidegger, and other topics. I doubt anyone will bring up the Arrested Development movie. Who wants to hear about that?
In all seriousness, wouldn’t it be awesome if this is how they chose to announce that the film has a greenlight and firm start date? It’s a bit of a long shot, but either way, you’d be crazy not to try and get into this event. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at noon. Unfortunately, there’s no discount if you blue yourself.
When the the midseason kicks off in January, FX is bringing an all-new series and one returning series to the flickering box. Joining a line of successful dramas like Rescue Me, Justified and Sons of Anarchy, the cable network is sending the boxing drama Lights Out into the ring on Tuesday, January 11th at 10/9c. The series will see Holy McCallany (CSI: Miami) as Patrick ‘Lights’ Leary, an aging former heavyweight boxing champion who struggles to find his identity and support his wife and three daughters after retiring from the ring. The financial downturn coupled with a series of failed investments leave him at a perilous crossroads – battling the urge to return to boxing or reluctantly accepting a job as a brutal and intimidating debt collector. If you’re not convinced that this is yet another drama to check out in January, make sure you watch the trailer right here.
For details on the return of the comedy series Archer, hit the jump.
Kevin Alejandro of the star-crossed cop drama Southland will soon be pulling doubles. Alejandro has just secured a regular role on HBO’s hit show True Blood as Jesus, “a Latino orderly who is taking care of Ruby Jean Reynolds (Alfre Woodard) at her care facility and becomes involved with her son, Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis).” Since TNT has not yet officially decided to produce a second season of Southland, Alejandro will be able to work on True Blood.
Hit the jump for new casting on the upcoming TV shows Retired at 35, Enlightened, and Lights Out.