We have good news for Arrested Development fans today. Production has been shut down on the new season! That is good news because the production shut-down is happening so the producers can re-configure Season 4 to include even more episodes.
When Netflix announced they were picking up the beloved comedy series last November, the streaming service handed out a 10-episode order for the new season. However, series creator Mitchell Hurwitz has shot much more than needed, and has pitched ideas for additional scenes and story lines. Nothing is concrete yet, but Season 4 is expected to span anywhere between 12 and 15 episodes.
Production has been temporarily suspended so the producers can go over the footage that has already been shot, with filming tentatively slated to resume in late January. Here's what a Netflix representative had to say, in response to the story.
"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."
Season 4 is expected to debut in the spring of 2013 on Netflix.