However dumbfounding, we've known for awhile now that our beloved 'Arrested Development' will return in 2013 as a 10-episode series released simultaneously on Netflix.  As time goes on, we've even learned of some incredible casting announcements from the 'Workaholics' guys to 'Mad Men's John Slattery, But are you ready for the greatest news of all?  At least one 'Arrested Development' star is saying we might get more than 10 episodes!  Just how many episodes are there in the banana stand?

'Arrested Development' fans, there might be even better news in store than a reunion.  In spite of the 10-episode order Netflix placed for a fourth season of 'Arrested Development' to air in 2013, series star David Cross seems to think the order might be expanded to 13 episodes!  Speaking with Rolling Stone, the comedian had this to say:

I think it's going to be 13 episodes, not 10. There's too much story. Some characters will have two-parters. Everybody sort of participates, sometimes in a bigger way and sometimes in a tiny little thread that goes through everybody else's stories.

In answering the question of whether or not the plan for 10 episodes was still in place, Cross was also assuring that the new 'Arrested Development' episodes would be every bit as layered in their writing and humor as we remember.

I know what the stories are and what Mitch [Hurwitz] is doing, and it's so layered. It's really audacious and amazing. I think a lot of people will miss the work that is involved, the story, the Venn diagrams that are being created, the domino effect that characters have with each other in their various episodes.

I know what he's doing, and this has never been done on a TV show like this. This makes 'LOST' look like a Spalding Grey monologue. You'll have to watch each episode more than once.

As previously mentioned, the new season will largely stick to a format of following one character per episode, though several episodes will feature multiple characters. However many episodes, the new season of ‘Arrested Development’ is still seen as a potential bridge toward an eventual movie, as teased in the show’s own season 3 finale, though it’s possible that series creator Mitch Hurwitz will continue the series in its episodic Netflix format should the reunion prove successful.

What say you?  Do you think Cross is right in his belief that 'Arrested Development' season 4 will expand to 13 episodes, rather than 10?  What are you most looking forward to about the new season?  Give us your take in the comments below!