We're just three days away from the premiere of Netflix's revival of the hilarious sitcom Arrested Development. The series, which originally aired for three seasons on FOX, was cancelled in 2006 but has been brought back by the streaming site Netflix due to popular demand from its ever-growing legion of fans. But what should we call the set of fifteen episodes that hit the web all at once on Sunday?
According to star Will Arnett (who plays the conniving magician Gob Bluth), there's one thing we shouldn't call it: "It's not season four," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "It's hard to describe. For a long time, I've been referring to it as a mini-series, just because I like the idea of miniseries because they were so popular when I was a kid. I mean when I was a really little kid, like a baby. Really, they were before my time, so I don't know that much about miniseries. I'm very young."
So what are we supposed to call it? AD2013, as it's been marketed?
"For the most part, all of us just call it 'Arrested.' You know, which is really annoying, because then everybody else goes, 'you mean, Development?' Ricky Gervais always calls me out on that when I call it Arrestedly Arrested. . . The truth is that it is a series. So I don't know. I just don't know. "
I think the most interesting question here is, of course, why it shouldn't be called season 4. We know the series will have a unique structure -- most of the episodes will take place simultaneously, with interlocking narratives -- but I suppose we'll have to wait and just see how Netflix labels the thing when it hits the site on Sunday.