Good news for "Arrested Development" fans: Mitch Hurwitz, the creator of the cult comedy canceled by Fox in 2006, is extending Season 4. Although there have been whispers of it before (David Cross hinted at it months ago) Deadline just broke the news that Hurwitz will add two to five episodes onto the original ten.
Production was supposed to end by Thanksgiving, but the crew came up with more plot ideas and extra footage that Hurwitz now wants to add to the show. Hurwitz is reportedly taking a hiatus to review current footage to figure out how to add it in; he'll also determine what actors he needs back to film additional scenes. The second round of filming is planned to begin in late January, but as far as we know, this won't set back the projected spring release date on Netflix.
As Hurwitz told Vulture in September, the fourth season is "almost an anthology version of the show," with "each episode focusing on a particular character and where they've been since the family fell apart six years ago." He added, "We didn't really have many of our principal characters together until the twelfth or thirteenth day of shooting."
What we do know, however, is that the 2013 revival will include the entire Bluth family and several beloved recurring characters, like Barry Zuckerkorn (Henry Winkler), Ann (Mae Whitman), Bob Loblaw (Scott Baio), Carl Weathers, Lucille Austero (Liza Minnelli) and more. We'll also see some new characters played by, among others, "Mad Men's" John Slattery and "Parks and Recreation's" Ben Schwartz.