Arrested Development's highly-anticipated fourth season is edging closer and closer to becoming a fully-realized reality. A few days ago, executive producer and narrator Ron Howard tweeted a photo of a draft of the season premiere script, and then a few days later, actor Jason Bateman tweeted a photo of Michael Cera, his on-screen son, hanging out in the set of Lucille Bluth's (Jessica Walter) apartment. Things looked a little dusty (they were still being set up), but things should be up and running by the time the show starts filming. And that day, according to star Will Arnett (Gob Bluth), will be August 7.
That's right! In less than a week, the cameras will start rolling on the dysfunctional family. According to the photo of the script Ron Howard tweeted, the focus of the first episode will be Michael Bluth (Bateman), the show's proagonist and straight man to the antics of the rest of his family. Though rumors of the ten-episode season featuring all character-centric episodes was dismissed by creator Mitch Hurwitz, it appears that, to some extent, it actually is the case.
But don't worry -- everyone is slated to return for the fourth season, which will premiere on Netflix next year. It's not like they haven't kept in touch. Jessica Walter, Jeffrey Tambor, and Judy Greer have all featured regularly on FX's animated series Archer (though it's unknown whether Greer will return for the new season of AD), while David Cross and Will Arnett appear together on IFC's low-budget comedy The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret.
Everyone's six and a half years older than they were the last time we saw them on Arrested Development, and personally, I can't wait to see the stars (or Howard) start tweeting behind-the-scenes set photos. It should be surreal to see the Bluth family together once again, six years later.
An Arrested Development movie is slated to be produced shortly after production on the show's fourth season has completed. Hopefully there will be more seasons to follow, but we'll take what we can get for now.
Arrested Development season 4 will premiere on Netflix in 2013.