In a recent interview with USA Today, Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz revealed that the structure of the fourth season (airing on Netflix) would be altered from the original series.
The show will look very different, Hurwitz says, and is being assembled as a "very, very complex puzzle" from scenes shot out of sequence over many months.
He went on to explain how individual episodes will function as follow-ups--a kind of "where are they now?" succession of vignettes (hopefully filmed VH1 Behind the Music style)--for each member of the Bluth family. For example, is George Michael a recurring suspect on To Catch a Predator?
The bigger story is the family has fallen apart at the start of our show, Hurwitz says. "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.
Minor characters like Henry Winkler's inept lawyer Barry Zuckerkorn will appear alongside the main cast, but only Jason Bateman is set to star in all 13 (or 14) episodes. At least until the season finale, which Hurwitz assures teases the possibility of a proper family reunion...if/when the long awaited Arrested Development movie finally sees the light of day (but hey, nobody allowed themselves to truly believe in a fourth season, and look at us now! Never stop believing).
Oh, and Michael Cera is officially a writer for the show.