Precious little has been revealed about the Season 4 plot of Arrested Development, which returns this spring with 14 all-new episodes after being off the air since 2005. What we do know is that all of these episodes will work together in telling one gigantic story, and when watched in order, they will act as one big episode. Something that, maybe, could only be done using the Netflix model.
Comedian David Cross, who returns as never-nude Tobias Funke in this new run of episodes, says that what Netflix has allowed show creator Mitchell Hurwitz to do is revolutionary, and it will change TV forever.
"I think when it's over, [fans are] gonna be aching. Particularly, this last, fourth season, what Mitchell Hurwitz did and how he's able to tell the story through the Netflix model...I think it's going to redefine what television can be and stories can be and how they're presented. And I really think it's gonna be historical in a sense; that we're gonna look back on it in 10, 20, 30 years, and it will be a very important thing that Mitch and Netflix have done."
Every new episode of Arrested Development Season 4 will be available on Netflix on the same day. Don't expect any more episodes to appear after this, though. David Cross confirms what we've already heard from others. These new episodes are being set up to lead into a movie. But there will most likely never be another new episode.
"I think we all assumed back then that it was just for one short season of, I believe, 10 episodes, which got expanded. But there was never ever any talk or promise of doing an extra season beyond what we were doing. In fact, the initial idea was that we do this season, and then it would lead up to what would be its own one-off movie."
At this time, David Cross confirms that the movie is not yet green lit. Though, he says that the franchise is 'open' to continuing on in both TV and movie form.
"Absolutely both. It's not a serialized show that has an arc and an end to it, so it's wide open. There is a truly under-appreciated, extreme difficulty with getting this cast together, and if people have their own commitments that are first position, several people do, getting them all in L.A. and then getting them to work on this thing for what was, essentially, four months, is really difficult. So that's a very big hurdle that needs to get taken care of."
The comedian even revealed some of what we might be seeing this spring, when the episodes finally debut.
"I got to work with Maria Bamford a lot, so that was really cool.It was good to see Carl Weathers. I got to work with Jeff Garlin's wife [Marla Malcolm]. Oh! Tommy Tune! It was f---ing awesome! I forgot about that guy! He hadn't done television since the '70s, and my scenes with him were just separate and removed from everybody else's stories. His first day, he's kind of nervous and everything. We did this scene, and I'm really riffing all over the place, and he f---ing kept up! And no one told him anything; no one told him I was gonna improvise! I don't know yet how much of it will make it into the show, but I imagine some of it, because it was really crazy and fun -- we're both singing! He was awesome."
Arrested Development Season 4 is set to debut sometime this May, only on Netflix.