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October 10, 2011

“Arrested Development” Plans TV Comeback Before Big Screen Debut

Arrested Development season 3 DVD cover

All three seasons of "Arrested Development" are available on DVD and streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, but fans might finally be getting more of the short-lived sitcom.

Someone upstairs must be smiling down on me because my wish, my dream, and my heart’s deepest desire–okay, one of its deepest desires–has come true: The “Arrested Development” movie is happening, people!

As if that weren’t enough, series creator Mitch Hurwitz has all of our Bluths primed once again for primetime television! Last week, Hurwitz and the entire cast of “Arrested Development” attended The New Yorker Festival to reward fans for all those years of faithfully pining away for a big screen adaptation of the Fox series. And the news Hurwitz and company came bearing was huge. Not only is the screenplay for a film in the works, but we can also look forward to new episodes of the show! (And Entertainment Weekly also reports that the cast obliged an audience request to perform the quirky show’s revered chicken dance.)

According to The New York Times, Hurwitz said, “We’re trying to do a limited-run series into the movie. We’re basically hoping to do nine to 10 episodes, with almost one character per episode.” And the first episode, well, let’s just say it looks to involve Buster Bluth, played by Tony Hale, readying himself for science experimentation–as in, he is the experiment. Cue my belly-laughing now!

And how about the cast: Jason Bateman (as Michael Bluth) saw a career resurgence due to the sitcom and has since gone on to make numerous big screen hits (“Juno” and “Up in the Air”). Michael Cera (George-Michael Bluth) has become the hipster kid’s superhero, starring in “Superbad” and “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.” Will Arnett (Gob Bluth) is now a household name with guest-starring roles on other sitcoms like “30 Rock,” and he’s struck gold with his new NBC series “Up All Night,” co-starring Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph.

Clearly, the talent behind “Arrested Development” is not in question. But is there a larger fanbase for the series now, since it was axed by Fox in 2006 after three short seasons? According to Cinemablend.com, abso-Bluth-ly! The series has garnered incredible viewership via Hulu (over 100 million hits) and Netflix, and remains one of the most-watched series for both video services.

No, the only real question remaining is who will foot the bill for the limited run on TV and the screen adaptation? Will a network—even Fox—be willing to air the series, or will Hurwitz and “Arrested Development” director and producer Ron Howard be more creative in the production of the series–perhaps seeking out a platform like Hulu? Regardless, fans of the show have grown in number and their appetite for all things Bluth has been awakened.

Will you watch a limited-run series of “Arrested Development”? How about the film?



About the Author

Kara Gause
Kara Gause
Kara Gause is a junkie for TV, film, pop culture, and health food--in that order. A Yankee girl happily transplanted in Nashville, she spends her days as a freelance writer juggling the needs of her twin toddlers, two Bassett hounds, and one fantastic husband--in that order. Read more of her day-to-day shenanigans on her blog, MasterofWhat.com.