The internet nearly imploded yesterday with the exciting news that Arrested Development will return with a new series and film. The news came from an event held over the weekend by The New Yorker magazine, which reunited the primary cast of Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, David Cross, Portia de Rossi, Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat, Jeffrey Tambor and Jessica Walter along with creator Mitch Hurwitz. Now you can watch that entire ‘Arrested Development: A Bluth Family Reunion’ event by simply heading over to The New Yorker’s Facebook page and clicking ‘Like’.
Head over to The New Yorker Facebook page to watch the entire ‘Arrested Development: A Bluth Family Reunion’ video.
Arrested Development is my favourite comedy of the last decade, perhaps ever, and I’m ecstatic over the news of its return. Slashfilm contributor Germain Lussier summed up the importance and relevance of the show perfectly:
Whether you want to believe it or not, Arrested Development is one of the major catalysts for much of the comedy we enjoy today. It revitalized the career of Jason Bateman, who is now once again a major movie star. It also introduced us to Michael Cera and Will Arnett, both now huge stars in their own right. Episodes were directed by the likes of Greg Mottola, Paul Feig and Jay Chandrasekhar, all of whom went on to bigger and better things. Plus, Arrested Developement‘s off the wall humor was well ahead of its time and most certainly an influence on some of today’s hit shows: Community, The Office, etc.
Despite all of that, the show is still considered a cult hit because the mainstream never embraced it. Maybe now, years removed from its cancellation, it’ll finally find the audience it deserves.