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The new season of Arrested Development halts production... to film more episodes

Dec. 12, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg
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Arrested Development - cast photo

I don't believe that I've used the word "awesome" in any of my writeups lately, but here's some news to which it is acutely applicable: production on the newest season of "Arrested Development" has been halted by 20th Century Fox TV because, while shooting the initial ten episodes-worth of material, series creator Mitch Hurwitz "shot more material than planned and also came up with ideas for additional scenes and storylines."  Which is just about the coolest thing this side of "Arrested Development" actually existing again. 

The reason that the studio has paused production is that it wants to give Hurwitz the time to figure out how to incorporate the new material into what has already been shot, as Netflix hopes to have all of the episodes available to watch whenever the series finally airs.  The schedules of the actors have to also be taken into account, with the word already being that a late January shoot is tentatively being targeted.  Word from within the production also estimates that when all is said and done the new season will be comprised of anywhere from 12-15 episodes, but a Netflix spokeswoman has passed along this caveat:  “We are thrilled with the direction of the show, with the footage we have seen and with the relationship between Mitch, Imagine, 20th and Netflix.  At this time, we are not confirming or announcing the final episode count but we are sure fans will be thrilled when we do.”

Stay tuned for more, as I should imagine (or at least fervently hope) that we'll be seeing some promotional images soon in advance of the proposed spring air date.


Extra Tidbit: Now that I think about it, another way to phrase this news might be to say that development of the new season of "Arrested Development" has been arrested. Heh.

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5:39PM on 12/12/2012
Excellent news.
Excellent news.
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1:03PM on 12/12/2012

Awesome news!

I just blue myself
I just blue myself
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12:39PM on 12/12/2012
The world better not end on December 21 because I must watch the new season of Arrested Development!
The world better not end on December 21 because I must watch the new season of Arrested Development!
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12:38PM on 12/12/2012

Awesome

I can't properly convey how friggin cool I think it is that AD is actually being brought back. Stuff like this doesn't happen very often. I'm stoked!
I can't properly convey how friggin cool I think it is that AD is actually being brought back. Stuff like this doesn't happen very often. I'm stoked!
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2:29PM on 12/12/2012
Now if only HBO or Netflix would bring back Carnivale and finish the damn story I'd really be excited.
Now if only HBO or Netflix would bring back Carnivale and finish the damn story I'd really be excited.
4:39PM on 12/12/2012
I feel the same way about Deadwood.
I feel the same way about Deadwood.
5:40PM on 12/12/2012
I may be in the minority but that's how I feel about Heroes. I'd take a mini season just to finish off the way they ended season four.
I may be in the minority but that's how I feel about Heroes. I'd take a mini season just to finish off the way they ended season four.
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