'Arrested Development' Cast Reunites at TCA: 'This Is Not Season 4'
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Washing away collective skepticism and redundant questions for one shining moment during Wednesday's Television Critics Association winter press tour, Netflix assembled most of the cast of Arrested Development on stage -- almost six years after the cult comedy went off the air.
The Fox series, canceled in 2006, gets a second life on the streaming service in May. And to promote its return, creator and EP Mitch Hurwitz -- joined by Jeffrey Tambor, Will Arnet, Jessica Walter, Jason Bateman, Alia Shawkat, Michael Cera and Portia de Rossi -- helped dispel confusion about the format to a rapt crowd of reporters.
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"Our family had drifted apart," Hurwitz said of the busy alums' diaspora. "The only way we could get together was to dedicate each episode to a different character's point of view. That became really fun, because we'd find that some of the stories intersect. It's kind of an evolution of the storytelling that was necessary."
The story means that fans may not get to see the different members of the Bluth family altogether at once -- but they will see parallel stories weave into each character's episode.
"It's one giant Arrested Development," explained Hurwitz. "When we were all talking about it, we wanted to find a way to jump from one story to another, in a sort of 'Choose Your Own Adventure.'"
"It is not 'season four,' we should probably make that clear," added Bateman. "Everybody sort of intermingles through each person's individual episode, but it is a "Lindsay" episode or a "Gob" episode that we guest star in."