Monday, October 03, 2011
Arrested Development, arguably the funniest TV series of all time, is returning to television with a 10-episode mini-run that will set the stage for the long-awaited film adaptation.
I'm withholding final judgement until the actual product is on my screen, since lord knows we've heard a lot of stops and starts with any new AD projects over the last several years. Plus, it hasn't even been firmly established which network will carry these new episodes, which is kind of a major point. And, the idea of devoting one episode to a particular cast member (sort of in the style of Lost and its flashback-centric gimmick) would give everyone a showcase, but the beauty of Arrested Development was in how the characters all interacted with each other and had their stories all intermingle. I'm not sure if 22 minutes of just, say, Maeby telling strangers to marry her would necessarily be interesting. This seems like it's a concession made to the busy schedules of the actors --- it's a lot easier to get Will Arnett for one episode than for 10, given that he's on another show right now --- rather than the best possible creative decision.
Now, with all of this being said, YYYYYYYYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE'RE GOING TO GET NOT JUST A MOVIE, BUT ACTUAL NEW FREAKIN' EPISODES OF ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT?!?!?! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I JUST HAD AN OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCE!!!!!!!