Frozen banana season may finally be upon us. The Twitterverse is abuzz this week with Arrested Development news thanks to frequent updates from producer/resident narrator Ron Howard. Creator Mitch Hurwitz and company have actually started production on the alliance approved, much loved, yet vastly underappreciated show once on the Fox network. Many thought it would never happen since Fox said, “Say goodbye to these, because it’s the last time you’re going to see them!”
After years of eager anticipation, it was confirmed earlier this year that our Bluths would return with new episodes exclusively on Netflix followed by the long promised movie.
This week, a certain member of the Bluth cast with cat-like reflexes let it slip that there may be more than the originally planned 10 episode season. There could be up to 13. Apparently there is so much material, an extended fourth season is possible! Taa-Daa!
In an Rolling Stone interview, David Cross, who played therapist/analyst (or analrapist according to his questionable business cards) Tobias Funke, said the story arcs are so intricately woven, they will continue into multiple episodes. For anyone who faithfully watched, you know that you may not get some jokes until watching an episode for at least the third time.
Cross went on to say that if the network had waited just one year, they would have realized most people don’t watch a show in its scheduled time slot. With the popularity of DVR, most families wait until they have free time. He predicted a power grid surge when the show hits Netflix in Spring 2013.
It’s nice to know that the cast and crew loved the show as much as the loyal fans. In true narrator fashion, Howard has tweeted consistently since the first story boards were drawn up. Cross was even excited to slide back into his nevernude cutoffs.
The space of time between the short third season and this continuation gave many fans a scare, but the Bluth family wouldn’t take “wasn’t optimistic it could be done” for an answer. Netflix is about to find out from the millions of loyal AD fans that there’s always money in the banana stand.