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‘Arrested Development’ Season 4 Details, All Episodes Released at Once?

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There’s still a bit of surreality to the idea of ‘Arrested Development‘ coming back from the dead for a ten-episode fourth season on Netflix, even without all the official announcements and hullabaloo.  Still, with T’s crossed and the whole cast on board, just how long before we see any official movement?  How about…now-ish?

Vulture reports that speaking at a Netflix-sponsored event in Las Vegas yesterday, ‘Arrested Development’ creator Mitch Hurwitz along with cast members Will Arnett, Jessica Walter, David Cross, Jeffrey Tambor and even Alia Shawkat were on hand to give us our first real concrete update on the proceedings.  For instance, did anyone expect that Netflix intended to release all ten episodes on the same day, rather than over the course of ten weeks?

And with production officially set to begin this summer, can we expect the revitalized series to take on the previously-discussed anthology format, devoting each episode to the intervening years of a specific character?  Nope!  Partially owing to the decision to release all the new episodes at once, Hurwitz said of the initial plan, “That is now kind of evolving into becoming more like the old show again.”

When asked for the reasoning behind the change in plans, Hurwitz alluded to the episodes’ release allowing an interesting opportunity to provide a more rewarding experience to the viewers, saying:

There’s something exciting about trying to break the form again. There’s going to be some mystery sprinkled throughout this [but] instead of watching one a week and try to get ahead of it, the hope is [fans] will watch them all together and then go back and look for clues and connections.

We’d also like to use the technology to provide additional material, where you might be able to access another part of the story. It’s comedy. The twists [from airing one week at a time] really aren’t as important as the characters.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t much talk of the supposed movie that was said to follow the upcoming ten-episode season, but Hurwitz did express hope that the revival could lead to further ‘Arrested Development,’ saying “We would love this to be the first first of many visits.  The show’s audience has grown over the last six years because of [streaming].   It’s been like putting jokes in a bottle and then having them come back years later to say, ‘Ha ha.’”

And yes, folks.  Vulture even reports that Scott Baio’s Bob Loblaw will return to lob law bombs.  Could this mean that Steve Holt isn’t far behind?

What do you think?  Does the idea of ‘Arrested Development’ releasing all its new episodes on the same day excite you, or seem like they’ve made a huge mistake?  Were you looking forward to the anthology idea, or is the classic show formula best?  Give us your favorite ‘Arrested Development’ moments and hopes for the new season in the comments below!

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