Break out the cornballs and Teamocil, people! In case you haven’t heard the news, Fox’s prematurely cancelled sitcom Arrested Development is back, baby! At least it will be coming back with a new season AND a movie, according to the show’s creator Mitch Hurwitz and cast members. That’s right all you Arrested Development-comeback naysayers, it’s happening and in a big way. The announcement was made during the highly anticipated Arrested Development Reunion panel that took place at the New Yorker Festival and then reiterated on some cast members’ Twitter pages:
“I’m peeing with @batemanjason at the moment..and we can confirm that we are going to make new AD eps and a movie.”- @arnettwill
“It’s true. We will do 10 episodes and the movie. Probably shoot them all together next summer for a release in early ’13. VERY excited!”- @batemanjason
It’s been five years since the show has had any original episodes on air, but Arrested Development enthusiasts will have to wait just a little bit longer to get their next fix. According to Hurwitz, filming should start next summer for both the series and film, which will be aired in early 2013. Hurwitz’s plan for the 9-10 new episodes is to focus on individual characters from the show for each one in order to lead up to the movie. When the announcement was made on Sunday, no channel was set to air the new episodes, but now Netflix, Showtime, and IFC are being reported as possible contenders.
Of course, there will still be those hardened AD fans with a “I’ll believe it when I see it” attitude toward the new plan for the show. But for the rest of us diehards, we’d be lying if we said a tear didn’t come to our eye when we heard the news. Some question how Hurwitz plans to pull this off financially, what with the show averaging about 6 million viewers an episode. But as we devotees will remember, there’s always money in the banana stand.