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Mitch Hurwitz Says Each Episode Of 'Arrested Development' Season 4 Picks Up After Season 3 Finale

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist January 9, 2013 at 11:50AM

Perhaps second only to the finale of "Breaking Bad," the big TV event of 2013 right now is the return of "Arrested Development." Due later this spring from Netflix, fans have been taking any morsel of info they can get as exact plot details remain under wraps. There hasn't been a trailer yet, though the DVD/streaming company did tease fans around Christmas by putting up artwork for the numerous fake shows that have appeared in "Arrested Development" to date. But creator Mitch Hurwitz has offered up a few more bits and bobs about what the show will deliver, and why we're not going to see every character in every episode.
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Arrested Development Mitch Hurwitz

Perhaps second only to the finale of "Breaking Bad," the big TV event of 2013 right now is the return of "Arrested Development." Due later this spring from Netflix, fans have been taking any morsel of info they can get as exact plot details remain under wraps. There hasn't been a trailer yet, though the DVD/streaming company did tease fans around Christmas by putting up artwork for the numerous fake shows that have appeared in "Arrested Development" to date. But creator Mitch Hurwitz has offered up a few more bits and bobs about what the show will deliver, and why we're not going to see every character in every episode.

Even though it has been eight years since we last saw the Bluth family, the show will be picking it up from where it left off, and as previously reported, each episode will focus on a single character. "The bigger story is the family has fallen apart at the start of our show," Hurwitz told USA Today. "They all went their own way, without Michael holding them together, so they're left to their own devices, and they're not the most successful devices." He adds: "We're not jumping from one thing to another; you're staying with one character."

"Each individual (episode) kind of depicts what happens in 2006 as the Bluths fled from the law on the Queen Mary," he adds, with each show to basically track the character from 2006 to the present day. And while "Arrested Development" will continue the tradition of overlapping, twisty narratives that will likely force you to pause, rewind and rewatch to get all the gags and references, Hurwitz reveals why you may not be seeing as much of your favorite character.

"Contractually, we couldn't use all the characters in every episode; they were not free to do as much television as they want," he candidly shared, though Jason Bateman will appear in every episode. As for George-Michael, we'll have to wait and see, but Michael Cera has taken a bigger role behind the scenes, joining the staff as a writer.

And as for that forever-rumored movie? Hurwitz reiterates what he has been saying for a while now, that it's the "first act to what we eventually want to do, which is a big movie." We'll see. "Arrested Development" arrives in May.

This article is related to: Television, TV News, Arrested Development, Mitch Hurwitz, Michael Cera


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