If you have not yet watched the premiere of the fourth season of 'Arrested Development' on Netflix, you may want to turn back now; minor spoilers about the episode follow.
As became clear from the opening minutes of this much-hyped 'Arrested Development' season, several familiar faces will be popping up throughout each episode of the Netflix original series. Guest stars and cameos include Kristen Wiig, Seth Rogen and many other prominent comedy actors--including four stars of the hit comedy series 'Workaholics.'
In the cameo, DeVine and his 'Workaholics' co-creators Blake Anderson and Anders Holm appear as employees of a discount airline, while fellow 'Workaholics' actor Erik Griffin pops up as an employee of the airport Michael visits.
When asked about the rare cameo appearance of four actors from another show, DeVine explained that it was a purposeful attempt to bring fans of each series into contact with the other show. And why not? 'Arrested Development' creator Mitch Hurwitz appeared on 'Workaholics' during season two.
"He had some down time in-between figuring out what he was going to do with 'Arrested Development' and some other projects," said DeVine regarding Hurwitz, "and he was like, ‘I’d love to come help in any way.' And we were like, ‘Do you act?’ And he was like, ‘No, not really.’ And we were like, ‘Well we want to give you a part!"
So Hurwitz got a part, appearing as Cool Eric on the series. DeVine and the other 'Workaholics' stars expected it to be a one-time cross-pollination of comedy series... until they got a call. "And then [Hurwitz] contacted us probably about a year later," DeVine continued, "and was like, ‘Hey I want to give you guys a little cameo on 'Arrested Development!'I think that’d be fun for the fans.’ And we flipped out." Shooting the cameo only took one day. When asked about the role's similarity to his character of Adam on 'Workaholics,' DeVine added "It’s cool that I’m sort of starting to be pigeonholed in these really dumb characters."