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The Television Critics Association’s winter tour resulted not only in a wealth of information about the return of Arrested Development — it is indeed premiering in May on Netflix — but also the first two images from the fourth season. Here are some of the details:
• As we already knew, each of the 14 episodes will focus on a member of the Bluth family (some get more than one), with Jason Bateman’s Michael Bluth appearing in all of them. “The bigger story is the family has fallen apart at the start of our show,” creator Mitch Hurwitz tells USA Today. “They all went their own way, without Michael holding them together, so they’re left to their own devices, and they’re not the most successful devices. […] Each individual (episode) kind of depicts what happens in 2006 as the Bluths fled from the law on the Queen Mary” in the Fox finale, then explain what’s led them to where they are in the present day.
• Despite what we’ve written, these episodes shouldn’t be considered “Season 4.” Instead, Bateman contends, we should think of them as “simply just the first act of what we hope to continue and complete in a movie, which would be Act 2 and 3.” However, Hurwitz adds the movie is far from a guarantee.
• Michael Cera, whose performance as George-Michael Bluth led to a film career, has joined the show’s writers’ room.
• While there had been talk that the 14 episodes, which will be released simultaneously, could be watched in any order, Hurwitz says there is a chronology to their events. “There is absolutely an order we have put together to create the maximum number of surprises,” Vulture quotes Hurwitz as saying. “That’s part of our storytelling. If you watch in the order we prescribe, you will get to episode 14 and go, That’s why he did that in episode one!”