Michael Cera Joins The Writing Staff of ‘Arrested Development’ Season 4

Mitch Hurwitz teases the revival of his cult classic by confirming Cera’s new position and offering other details about the return of the Bluth family.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Almost seven years after getting cancelled by Fox, “Arrested Development” will soon be back for an unlikely fourth season on Netflix.

In a new report from USA Today, the return of “Arrested Development” was slatted for May, but an exact premiere date wasn’t confirmed.

However, “Arrested Development” creator Mitch Hurwitz dropped several hints about the new season, including the first word that actor Michael Cera — who plays George Michael Bluth on the series — has joined the writing staff this time around.

The report also stated that Jason Bateman’s Michael Bluth will be the only character to appear in every episode of the new season, primarily because most of the other actors were committed to other projects at the time.

"Each individual (episode) kind of depicts what happens in 2006 as the Bluths fled from the law on the Queen Mary," said Hurwitz in reference to the show’s third season finale. "The bigger story is the family has fallen apart at the start of our show. 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."

“We're not jumping from one thing to another; you're staying with one character," continued Hurwitz. He added that the story "slowly reveals itself, as the moment you saw in one show will reappear in another show from a different character's perspective. If people watch it all at once, it will seem like a giant ‘Arrested Development.’ It's really tailored for Netflix."

The report notes that the entire cast does reassemble in the final episode of the season; which could lead to even more “Arrested Development.”

"It was such a joy to be back with everybody; it didn't feel like work, it felt like being back with friends," recalled Hurwitz. "You don't see them all together until you see the movie… [But] I can assure you that the characters are just as damaged, self-involved and self-righteous as ever."

"[This season is] the first act to what we eventually want to do, which is a big movie." However, the report also notes that the long awaited “Arrested Development” movie has not yet been confirmed or greenlit.

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