Originally published Oct. 3, 2011 on Intersections.
In case you weren’t on the Internet last night / have poor taste / haven’t heard the news: at an Arrested Development reunion panel at the New Yorker Festival yesterday, creator Mitch Hurwitz and various members of the cast reported that the beloved cult comedy will finally, for sure, absolutely, 100% be returning for a 9/10-episode TV season and, yes, a movie.
The facts are these: Arrested Development was and still might be the greatest show to ever grace our fair planet. It aired on FOX for three seasons back in 2003 before it was canceled, but for years it has been rumored that the shenanigans of the dysfunctional Bluth family would return to our lives in movie form. And after the cast panel yesterday, Jason Bateman and Will Arnett tweeted thus:
Now, if you’re like me, you’ve been strung along and teased for so long that you’ve become hardened and bitter at the entertainment industry for spitting out remake after remake after sequel and making movies out of things like Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots instead of bringing more AD into the world, but…this seems pretty legit. For those interested, check out the Deadline coverage, in which they report that one of the old exec producers of AD is now a bigwig at Showtime and is looking at financing the resurrection, or this NYMag article, which does a good job of summarizing everything that went down. And get thee to Netflix to watch the entire run of the greatest comedy the world has ever seen.