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The return road to television for the beloved-but-canceled Arrested Development has been long and winding. Heck, there’s been talk of a movie pretty much since the Mitch Hurwitz-created comedy was axed by Fox in 2006. After five years of rumors, many fans had lost hope, but then in November news broke that the series would return, not as a film and not on traditional television like the also resurrected Family Guy, but instead on Netflix.
Hurwitz recently appeared at a Netflix-sponsored National Association of Broadcasters presentation, along with stars Jeffrey Tambor, David Cross, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett and Alia Shawkat, where according to The Hollywood Reporter it was revealed the revival will pick up where the series left off in 2006. Following the Neflix model established with Lilyhammer, all 10 episodes of the fourth season will premiere the same day.
Although the original plan was to tell self-contained stories, with each episode focusing on a different member of the Bluth clan, Hurwitz said that’s changing as production inches closer to its summer start date.
“Because everybody is on separate shows, we had this idea to do kind of an anthology series and meet the characters, where they have been, one at a time,” Hurwitz said. “That is evolving into the old show again, even though the concept is slightly different.”
Part of that evolution is due to the simultaneous episode premieres. “We are embracing the fact that these episodes are being ‘aired,’ so to speak, at the same time,” Hurwitz said. “And it is changing our storytelling; we had a lot of secrets that we were planting in storytelling. Hopefully by the end of the episodes you will want to go back to the start and view it through new eyes.”