Theirs was a forbidden relationship. They were cousins, and dangerous ones at that. Their time together was fun and sexy, yes, but also complicated and confusing. They were the youngest members of the Bluth family: the sincere, perpetually flustered George Michael Bluth (Michael Cera) and rebellious, attention-seeking Maeby Fünke (Alia Shawkat). And now fates — and fan demand — have thrown these two kissing cousins together again: Arrested Development returns on May 26 after a seven-year absence with 15 new episodes on Netflix. How did this highly regarded but low-rated twisted family comedy wind up back on the screen? That story is here. But maybe, if not surely, you are also interested in reading some bonus quotes from Cera and Shakwat, who discuss the new season, their characters and more. READ FULL STORY »
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Mother’s Day was more than a week ago, and Father’s Day is still a few weeks away, but now is the perfect time to recognize two of the most amusing, least attentive parents around: the chilly, vodka-rocked Lucille Bluth (Jessica Walter), and unscrupulous fallen real-estate titan George Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor), who was just here a minute ago but seems to have disappeared. The pair — along with those seven other maladjusted family members — return to comedic duty on May 26, as Netflix releases 15 new episodes of Arrested Development, with each installment catching us up to speed on a particular family member.
Check out our behind-the-scenes story of how this beloved comedy came back to life, and scroll down for bonus quotes from Walter and Tambor, who understood the questions and responded to them.
On how optimistic they were that the show would be revived in some form
TAMBOR: “Even when there wasn’t much murmuring going around, I always said that [we would reunite]. And I always believed it…. It seemed to get stronger after we left the air, and people old and young seemed to be able to recite it backward and forward, so, I mean, just do the math. You’d have to be pretty callous for it not to go forward.” READ FULL STORY »
If there is one person that deserves credit for the revival of Arrested Development, it’s… you. You, random fan — by buying millions of DVDs, discovering the show on Hulu/Netflix, or quoting it endlessly to friends who then became converts (or just annoyed) — have persuaded the Hollywood powers that be that this off-kilter cult comedy is worth bringing back from the dead. (May 26. 15 new episodes. Netflix. Be there.) But if credit goes to a second person, it’s Mitchell Hurwitz. For years, the show’s creator/executive producer/mastermind has been plotting some form of return for the critically loved, Emmy-winning series, which was cancelled by Fox in 2006 after 53 episodes. You can read all about how he decided to reintroduce the emotionally and financially damaged Bluth family right here. What follows are bonus quotes from EW’s interviews with Hurwitz, in which he discusses the new season, how viewers should consume these episodes, and the plans for a movie. (Check back on EW.com next week to hear more from the Arrested cast.) READ FULL STORY »
Arrested Development’s journey back to the screen has been long and unpredictable. It has taken many turns, involved the use of many birds. And on this December evening, it has banked a hard right onto a Hollywood side street and pit-stopped in a magic club on gay night.
Inside the gothic lounge of mystery, patrons in leopard vests, Army fatigues, and assless pants groove about. Near the bar, series creator Mitchell Hurwitz studies Will Arnett and Michael Cera as they rehearse a scene that will play out in multiple episodes: Decked out in leather and chains, Arnett’s sleazy-cheesy illusionist Gob Bluth has lured his innocent-faced nephew, George Michael (Cera), here under false pretenses (naturally). He busts a move on a flustered George Michael and shouts, “Ow! You bit my lip!” before apologetically whispering to him: “Hey, thanks a lot. I owe you big-time. Not a lot of nephews would do this.” Loud, so the crowd can hear: “Now get out of here! I never want to sleep with you again!” Whispering: “I do. I would sleep with you, George Michael… I mean, I probably won’t…”
In between takes, Hurwitz offers scientific pointers like “When you say ‘hot little ass,’ put your hand here,” then scoots behind the monitors to survey the action. “This may be the creepiest thing we’ve done so far,” he observes.
With take after absurd take under his leather-daddy belt, Arnett catches a breather. “I did some disturbing things tonight,” he says. “I kissed Michael Cera no fewer than eight times.”
And how was it?
“It felt like… coming home.”
After an absence of seven years, three months, and 16 days, Arrested Development will give fans who prayed for its return the mother(boy) of all gifts on May 26: Fifteen new episodes will be released all at once on Netflix. Designed as a prequel for a not-yet-greenlit movie, these installments have been the source of great anticipation and speculation since Netflix announced the show’s resurrection 17 months ago. Our hearts and minds and Twitter feeds are about to tell us whether the wait for this moment of Bluth was indeed worth it. READ FULL STORY »
Bringing back a show from the dead is no easy task. Especially when that show is Arrested Development. The highly revered cult comedy returns with 15 new episodes that will be released simultaneously on May 26 on Netflix, and it’s fair to say that a lot of care and thought (and more thought) went into them. Series creator Mitchell Hurwitz and his writers did not structure the episodes like typical Arrested installments: In telling the tale of what has happened to the splintered family over the last seven years, each episode will focus on one of the nine main characters, with a few other Bluths making an appearance. The episodes are crafted to work as a whole — the first act of a larger saga that is designed to play out on the big-screen – and certain jokes and stories that are planted in one show bloom in another. “There’s never been a half-hour comedy with the level of complexity here,” says Troy Miller, who directed the episodes with Hurwitz. “The idea of how characters interrelate and the episodic arcs in A, B, C, D, and E story lines — it’s this crazy wormhole he’s created.” Several people in the Arrested family colorfully described their first visit to the writers’ room, but our favorite may come courtesy of David Cross. READ FULL STORY »
Oh, (mother)boy, do we have a treat for you: A clip from the new season of Arrested Development! The following scene was screened during panels at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour and SXSW, and a snippet of it will appear in one of the 15 episodes that Netflix will release on May 26. Today, you get to watch this outtake, in which Buster (Tony Hale) and Lucille (Jessica Walter) take their relationship to new heights. If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing the most carcinogenic version of Lucille as a mama bird and Buster as a baby bird, press play and enjoy your lucky day. READ FULL STORY »
Ladies and gentlemen, start the engines to your stair cars: The Bluths have been given an air date — and an extra episode.
Netflix announced today that the upcoming season of Arrested Development will debut on May 26 at 12:01 am PT, which marks the cult comedy’s return to TV after a three-season run on Fox from 2003 to 2006. Similar to its strategy with original series House of Cards, the streaming service will release all 15 new episodes of Arrested simultaneously. (Netflix joked that it had made a “huge mistake” in the number of episodes, a reference to its January announcement that the new season would consist of 14 installments, which was already an upgrade from the original tally of 10.) READ FULL STORY »
Make room, Netfix! Amazon is the latest streaming service trying its hand at original content. The mega-retailer plans to debut 12 pilots — six children’s series and six comedies — this spring, including Alpha House featuring John Goodman, and Onion News Empire with Jeffrey Tambor. We’ve got your first look at both below. READ FULL STORY »
There is no Arrested Development movie deal — yet. But creator Mitch Hurwitz says he still expects it to happen. “I’m confident that we will succeed at that,” Hurwitz said at an appearance at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin on Sunday, along with show cast members Will Arnett and Jeffrey Tambor.
Arnett noted that fans are upset that there’s no movie deal in place even though the cult-favorite has a 14-episode fourth season set to debut via Netflix in May. “People are already mad and they haven’t even seen this,” Arnett said.
Hurwitz made it clear that the upcoming season very much serves as a ramp up to a feature film (“There is a bigger story out there that does exist”), even more so upon a repeat viewing. Each episode primarily focuses on one character. As previously reported, the entire fourth season will be released on the same day, just like Netflix’ strategy with its recent drama House of Cards.
The Arrested team screened two clips from the show. One that was particularly funny (and gross) showed Lucille (Jessica Walter) smoking a cigarette and blowing the smoke into her clingy son Buster’s (Tony Hale) mouth, and then he takes the smoke and blows it out the patio.
It’s neither trick nor illusion: Ben Stiller will appear on the revived Arrested Development, EW has learned. The film star will reprise his role as Tony Wonder, rival magician to GOB (Will Arnett), in one episode during the new season of the cult comedy, which Netflix will stream in May. READ FULL STORY »
If Arrested Development is going to remain a revived television series, it may have to find a new home after the upcoming season debuts on Netflix this spring. In a conference call today with investors, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings indicated that he did not “anticipate” the streaming media service would produce additional seasons of the beloved cult comedy, which ran on Fox from 2003 to 2006. READ FULL STORY »
Will Arnett is aiming to be in prime time one way or another this fall: The star of Up All Night and Arrested Development has been cast as the lead in an untitled Greg Garcia comedy pilot for CBS, EW has learned. READ FULL STORY »
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