Taste the happy!
News about the upcoming fourth season of the revived sitcom Arrested Development seems to be pouring onto the web like hot grease from a Cornballer. Just yesterday, star David Cross mentioned that the upcoming season, which is being produced by Netflix, had been expanded from a ten-episode order to a thirteen-episode order, to accommodate the complexities and extra stories written by creator Mitch Hurwitz. While a Netflix spokesperson wouldn't confirm Cross's statements (noting that there would be "at least" 10 episodes), he did at least confirm that the fourth season of Arrested Development would debut on Netflix in its entirety next spring.
This is the closest to a premiere date that we've received from the network. Previous reports had indicated that season 4 would be premiering in "early 2013," which could really mean anything from January to May. Confirmation of a spring release narrows down that window slightly.
Filming for season 4 began this month, and detail after detail has been flowing from the set of the series. For example, we know that in the premiere, Tobias will be spotted wearing a bedsheet in an airport. We also know that the fourth season will feature some completely new characters, a few of them played by Workaholics stars Anders Holm and Adam DeVine (and possibly Blake Anderson). Best of all, one of season 4's new characters will be played by Mad Men star John Slattery, who will have a recurring role in the revived show.
"It's really audacious and amazing," star David Cross said recently. "I think a lot of people will miss the work that is involved, the story, the Venn diagrams that are being created, the domino effect that characters have with each other in their various episodes. I know what he's doing, and this has never been done on a TV show like this. This makes Lost look like a Spalding Grey monologue. You'll have to watch each episode more than once."
Arrested Development season 4 will premiere next spring on Netflix.