Arrested Development Returning to TV?!

Arrested Development fans now have something else to get their hopes up about in addition to that long-teased feature film.

Series creator Mitch Hurtwiz announced Sunday at The New Yorker Festival that he wants to bring Arrested back to television for a brief mini-season prior to the show hitting the big screen.

According to attendees at the sold-out panel — which featured the entire cast of the late cult hit — Hurwitz’s goal would be to produce another nine or 10 episodes, but there’s a twist: Each installment would focus on a different Bluth. Such a move would help alleviate the many scheduling conflicts that would no doubt arise now that much of the cast has moved on to other projects.

Of course, questions remain: Where would the mini-season air? (Our sister site Deadline reports that Netflix and Showtime are in the running.) When would the episodes be shot? And most importantly, what are the odds of this actually happening?!

Stay tuned…

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  1. John says:

    All together now…

    “I just blue myself.”

  2. When? Never.

    Largest practical joke ever pulled!!

  3. Gabbie says:

    For the love of Gob, please let this happen!!!

  4. Waderic says:

    Will Arnett confirmed as well on twitter…
    @arnettwill: I’m peeing with @batemanjason at the moment..and we can confirm that we are going to make new AD eps and a movie

    • sam says:

      Jason Bateman just confirmed, too!!…..
      @batemanjason: It’s true. We will do 10 episodes and the movie. Probably shoot them all together next summer for a release in early ’13. VERY excited!

  5. Eric says:

    Awesome! Only problem is that it would be to promote a movie, which still isn’t definitely happening with a release date, shooting date, or even finished script.

    • Getting a network to agree to air this will be tough. Maybe Adult Swim, IFC, HBO, or Showtime?

      As for the movie… if no one watched the show, how the hell will they get people to spend $13 on a movie ticket?

      • ggny says:

        there is no chance HBO picks it up…the best bets are Showtime,IFC,FX or one of them new channels looking to make a splash

      • Viv says:

        I didn’t watch this show when it aired but I do own and watch the DVDs. Some shows just take time to build an audience and I think AD is one of them. I have no doubt that this movie will make money.

  6. Katie says:

    There’s always money in the banana stand.

  7. Kelly says:

    This would be the greatest thing to ever happen but I won’t be holding my breath. Unless holding my breath helps make this reality in which case I’ll do it.

  8. Lisa says:


    Dreams DO come true!! RIGHT??

  9. pv says:

    Awesome! But why go via tv, release it online like Dr Horrible. Much more reasonable. And a great way to pave the road for a movie

  10. Plu says:

    I’m so excited I can’t calm down! I’m going to consult with my analyst/therapist for help processing this, wow!

  11. ggny says:

    hate to say it but there is like a 80% chance this never happens…this should just release the episode on the internet promote them heavy on Facebook and Youtube go the route The Guild did

  12. Elizabeth says:

    Oh man…some of these comments are classic…..

  13. 1mars says:

    Uhmm, why isnt it on tv now, was it cancelled or just run out its 7 seasons?

  14. Lisa says:

    If I didn’t have a live dove in my pants right now, I’d leap across the table and…

  15. Amy says:

    While I REALLY want this to happen, I admit I am a skeptic. Man, I miss those Bluths. I would pay a lot to see what those crazy people are up to now.

  16. miss scarlet says:

    taste the happy, Michael. taste it.

  17. Steve Holt says:

    Tastes kind of like sad….

  18. gargumma says:

    After so many clever and sophisticated jokes and plots, why not a meta one, right?

  19. Mehvash says:

    this better not be a joke, otherwise faced with the wrath of upset fans, mitch horwitz will be saying “i’ve made a huge mistake.”

  20. Kit says:

    Will arnette just tweeted that it’s happening…

  21. Lindsey says:

    This feels like the Veronica Mars movie to me at this point, at least the new episodes. It’s a great idea, and everyone seems to be on board with it, but people are getting ahead of themselves because it hasn’t actually been picked up by anyone. Nothing in here indicates that there’s actually interest from a network to pick it up. I’m not holding my breath for any of it at this point. That said, I’ll taste the happy IF it ever does happen.

  22. Kiki says:


  23. Sara says:

    OMG YAY!!!!!!!!!! please let this happen!!!

  24. Jake says:

    OMG! this has to happen!! but im not going to put my hopes up just in case.

  25. John says:

    It’s your move, IFC. It’ll be your most absurdly high-rated show of all time.

    • John says:

      Actually, just now read somewhere else that 20th is talking to Showtime and Netflix.

      Anybody else think that a Netflix run would be simply brilliant?

  26. Midori says:

    And I want a billion dollars and world peace.

    Both will happen before AD returns to TV or a movie is made.

  27. ann (her) says:

    No touching!

  28. Lacey says:

    I miss the Bluth family so I am very excited about this news! It’s so great that everyone has signed on for the episodes and movie.

  29. Kane says:

    In other news: Tru Calling to be relaunched with Joss Whedon at the helm.

  30. Elizabeth says:

    I don’t care where they air this. I’ll be watching it. Multiple times. SO EXCITED.

  31. Kara says:

    This is great news…now I will spend my wishful thinking on The Wire coming back

  32. Eliza says:

    Please let this happen!!
    AD is one of my all-time favorite shows.
    2013 would instantly be an awesome year if this goes through.

  33. Josh says:

    I hope Bland makes an appearance.

    I can not wait for this!!

  34. Ajitae says:

    Hi michael, Saudações! Assistência realmente úteis sobre este artigo informativo! É verdadeiramente as modificações pequenas que fazem a maior modificações. Muito obrigado um bom negócio para compartilhar!

  35. Sarabi says:

    This is a big addition to my “Why the world must not end in 2012” list! :D

  36. fish says:

    Hey, if “Firefly” had “Serenity”, then AD also deserves a shot! Go AD!!!

  37. Nicole says:

    Awesome!! I seriously hope that this is true!! And if it is, I hope that it ACTUALLY happens! Here’s to hopimg!

  38. Ashley says:

    “And that’s why you always leave a note”. Please let this happen – I need me some more “Arrested Development”.

  39. Mr. F says:

    You guys, I am so excited about this, I want to hug all other AD fans in a big giant, online celebratory hug. And during our hug, if you feel something moving down there, it’s just the bird.

  40. The Cornballer says:

    Oh, come on! One of the networks pick this up. What are you, chicken? Cuck-a-cuck-a-cuk.

    • Lacey says:

      That was one of my favorite episodes, where the family dances around doing their chicken impressions! NBC just canceled TPB and EW is predicting the cancelation of Free Agents, so NBC has room in their schedule. Plus, NBC really needs a hit!

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