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Arrested Development returning for a limited series run to set up a movie

10.03.2011

After what seems like an eternity of teases related to the return and continuation of Mitchell Hurwitz's short-lived but beloved "Arrested Development" in movie form, it now appears that we may be getting that as well as 9-10 television episodes as part of a limited series run.

EW reports that Hurwitz - after making the announcement himself along with the entire "Arrested" cast yesterday at the New Yorker Festival - wants to shoot 9-10 episodes that would air next fall and catch audiences up on the characters' lives since the series ended in 2006. The hope is to have the limited season serve as set-up for the eventual movie. Here's what Hurwitz had to say from Sunday's festival:

"Were basically hoping to do nine or 10 episodes with almost one character per episode, where like the first episode will just be Buster. Were kinda picturing it like, um, well the latest joke we have is that, you know, its Cambridge, Massachusetts and theres all these scientists in lab coats and theyre waiting for somebody and Buster comes through the door wearing a lab quote and says 'lets begin, and they say, 'you dont get to wear the lab coat, were experimenting on you.' And then we go through his life and we meet the people in his life and maybe he goes to see his therapist who hes getting a good rate on because its Tobias and hes lost his license. We can do cross overs and things like that. But its an unusual style of show I think and we get him to a certain point of peril in his life and then maybe we jump over to like Maeby and shes living with Cornel West... Well do this kind of thing that builds the peril in their lives until they all come together, really, in the first scene of the movie. It requires, and Ron [Howard] has been working on this too, it just requires studios to work together, they dont normal work together in film and TV. Its a really ambitious project but its also a very simple project in a way because it kind of gives the fans a level of detail for 'granularity,' which is a big word on the East Coast.

"I really have to say, weve talked about this, were all game, we hated being coy, weve been trying to put together this more ambitious idea and I think were very close, the script is halfway done and we have to get the film companies on board. Theyve always been great to us but you know times are tough and money is tight but Im very hopeful, there is business left to be done but creatively we have a very specific plan of how it would come out and what we would do and when we would shoot it. Our hope is that, perhaps the series is in the fall."


"Arrested Development" producers are confirmed to be in talks with Showtime and Netflix about bringing the limited series to the small screen. Should Netflix land the deal, it would be a major boon for the home video juggernaut which has been on the receiving end of some very bad press of late. Meanwhile there's Showtime, home of premium cable hits like "Dexter", "Weeds", and Californication", which back in 2006 was reportedly in talks to save the Fox series. That, of course, never happened. But five years later, they may get the chance to help give the Bluths new life after all.

Extra Tidbit: THERE'S ALWAYS MONEY IN THE BANANA STAND.

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6:02PM on 10/04/2011
STEVE HOLT!
STEVE HOLT!
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11:10PM on 10/03/2011

I'm for the show coming back,

but I have a hard time believing a lot of people will pay $10 to see a reunion show in theaters. I'll be happy to be proven wrong though.
but I have a hard time believing a lot of people will pay $10 to see a reunion show in theaters. I'll be happy to be proven wrong though.
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8:52PM on 10/03/2011
Epic Win! Been waiting for the movie for some time. Great news indeed!
Epic Win! Been waiting for the movie for some time. Great news indeed!
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5:55PM on 10/03/2011
Just have to say...F~K YEAH!!!
Just have to say...F~K YEAH!!!
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1:54PM on 10/03/2011
In regards to Michael Cera holding out.... Mitch Hurwitz said that THEY put that story out just as a joke. An experiment ala Andy Kaufman apparently. I was at the event...all of them are committed to doing it.
In regards to Michael Cera holding out.... Mitch Hurwitz said that THEY put that story out just as a joke. An experiment ala Andy Kaufman apparently. I was at the event...all of them are committed to doing it.
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1:23PM on 10/03/2011
I guess they finally realized that there's money in the banana stand.
I guess they finally realized that there's money in the banana stand.
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5:20PM on 10/03/2011
lmfao! that was a good one!
lmfao! that was a good one!
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1:09PM on 10/03/2011
I'm afraid I'm going to wake up any moment in my bed and realize it was just a dream...
I'm afraid I'm going to wake up any moment in my bed and realize it was just a dream...
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12:52PM on 10/03/2011
I just jizzed in my pants.
I just jizzed in my pants.
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12:25PM on 10/03/2011

Douchechill

This is pretty much the greatest news I have ever heard just behind Two and A Half Men getting cancelled. Oh what? That never happened must have just been a wonderful wonderful dream I had.
This is pretty much the greatest news I have ever heard just behind Two and A Half Men getting cancelled. Oh what? That never happened must have just been a wonderful wonderful dream I had.
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12:16PM on 10/03/2011
*Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeep* YA OLD HORNY SLUT!!
-Well, no one's gonna top that....
*Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeep* YA OLD HORNY SLUT!!
-Well, no one's gonna top that....
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12:00PM on 10/03/2011
Great news.

What Conz said, probably some of the best news of the year.
Great news.

What Conz said, probably some of the best news of the year.
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11:23AM on 10/03/2011

This probably speaks volumes about my life...

but this is the best news I've heard in 5 years... at least.
but this is the best news I've heard in 5 years... at least.
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10:52AM on 10/03/2011
BEADS?!
BEADS?!
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10:35AM on 10/03/2011
The whole cast was there, even Michael Cera who was supposedly the holdout from doing this before. Doubt that would happen if everyone wasn't onboard with this 100%.

I just want to see Franklin again. "George Bush doesn't care about black puppets."
The whole cast was there, even Michael Cera who was supposedly the holdout from doing this before. Doubt that would happen if everyone wasn't onboard with this 100%.

I just want to see Franklin again. "George Bush doesn't care about black puppets."
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10:28AM on 10/03/2011
NO TOUCHING!!!
NO TOUCHING!!!
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10:17AM on 10/03/2011
Hate to be the Debbie Downer, but I'll believe it when I see it. If it comes to fruition I couldn't be happier. But we've been hearing about this forever.
Hate to be the Debbie Downer, but I'll believe it when I see it. If it comes to fruition I couldn't be happier. But we've been hearing about this forever.
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9:44AM on 10/03/2011

And this is what you do with that news...

You take it home, throw it in a pot, add some broth and a potato.
Baby, you've got a stew going!
You take it home, throw it in a pot, add some broth and a potato.
Baby, you've got a stew going!
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11:55PM on 10/03/2011
..you know you can get a free refill on any drink you want?
..you know you can get a free refill on any drink you want?
9:24AM on 10/03/2011

Cool News

I bet Maeby is sexy as hell now.
I bet Maeby is sexy as hell now.
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10:48AM on 10/03/2011
Hate to break it to you but she's actually not. She was in Cedar Rapids. Her face is the same but it looks weird on an adult haha. She definitely was cute as a kid but not anymore.
Hate to break it to you but she's actually not. She was in Cedar Rapids. Her face is the same but it looks weird on an adult haha. She definitely was cute as a kid but not anymore.
8:21AM on 10/04/2011
Her body probably just needs to finish developing that's all. Once she reaches 24 or 25, she'll be a knock out. You might change your mind then.
Her body probably just needs to finish developing that's all. Once she reaches 24 or 25, she'll be a knock out. You might change your mind then.
8:57AM on 10/03/2011

Awesome!

☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
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8:55AM on 10/03/2011
best news all weekend..it wasnt that great of a weekend though for myself but still the best news
best news all weekend..it wasnt that great of a weekend though for myself but still the best news
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8:45AM on 10/03/2011

Excellent!

I shall hide behind the couch.
I shall hide behind the couch.
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6:40AM on 10/03/2011
so happy i could cry
so happy i could cry
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5:54AM on 10/03/2011

I think...

I just blue myself.
I just blue myself.
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