On the evening of January 9, 2013 an Arrested Development cast reunion occurred at the 2013 Television Critics Association Winter Press tour. The entire main cast (with the exception of Tony Hale and David Cross) gathered for a question and answer panel about the upcoming fourth season and movie.
The Structure of the New "Season"
- There will be 14 new episodes
- The "anthology" will have a new structure unlike the previous three seasons. Each episode will be centred around a particular characters point of view.
Season Four Production
Since each episode of Arrested Development focuses on one character, they each took turns with the same trailer.
Jason Bateman: “We kept things all tamped down, production-wise, We were all in small dressing rooms like we had when we were doing the television series except there was one big trailer and the person whose episode it was got that. This is something that is completely different on purpose, creatively, per the format Netflix affords us, per the longterm and larger longform of the whole story. Everybody intermingles throughout each individual person’s episode. There’s plenty of the regular cast that filters through there, but it is a singular. It is Lindsay’s episode, it is Gob’s episode that we all kind of guest star in.”
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We're shown a deleted scene in which Lucille is smoking in the apartment (which is not allowed), and blowing the smoke into Buster's mouth for him to blow outside for her, while he's simultaneously trying to continue a conversation with her.
Hurwitz revealed that even though it will no longer be subject to broadcast network restrictions, the show still will feature its trademark bleeps. Also, one of our main characters will wind up naked.
Mitch Hurwitz: “So it’s kind of an evolution of the storytelling that was necessary.” We couldn’t afford to do the show with what these people are worth now. Each episode will be dedicated to a particular character’s point of view, with other characters weaving in and out of that episode. So, over the course of these episodes, viewers will revisit a scene from a previous one but in a different context. You’ll see a scene again, and from the other perspective, you’ll get all this new information,’‘So it’s kind of an evolution of the storytelling that was necessary."
Jason Bateman It is not 'season four'; we should probably make that clear. Everybody sort of intermingles through each person's individual episode, but it is a 'Lindsay' episode or a 'Gob' episode that we guest star in. Simply just the first act of what we hope to continue and complete in a movie, which would be Act 2 and 3."
Hurwitz and the cast tipped their hats to the passion of the fans (and support of the critics), noting that when the writers first started fleshing out ideas for the the movie, they had to toss out some good ideas because they’d already been covered in fan fiction.
Mitch Hurwitz: “The spirit of this was to surprise fans with something that they didn’t see coming, there was so much talk about the movie that we thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to still do the movie but to give everybody this thing they didn’t see coming. The idea was, ‘Let’s say there’s 10, and then the fans will be so happy when there’s even more."
"I have finally gotten to play Joan Crawford"Jessica Walter on Lucille
"It’s different than the original Arrested Development and beyond anything I could have hoped"Jessica Walter on Season 4
"We had a great scene where I interpreted by mother's tone as sarcasm, but [we later see] she intended something entirely different."Portia de Rossi on Lindsay's Episodes"
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