The moment “Arrested Development” fans have been waiting for is almost here. Seven years after the cult-favorite TV show left the airwaves, “Arrested Development” returns for a fourth season May 26, exclusively on Netflix instant streaming.
In preparation for the big day, Entertainment Weekly released the first clip of “Arrested Development” Season 4 on Thursday.
In the new clip for “Arrested Development” Season 4, Lucile Bluth (Jessica Walter) is seen circumventing both her house arrest stipulations and homeowner’s contract against smoking inside by lighting a cigarette and exhaling it into her son Buster’s (Tony Hale) mouth as he exhales outside. It’s a beautifully twisted scene, proving that even after seven years off the air, “Arrested Development” still knows exactly push family dysfunction to new heights.
Watch the scene here below.
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On Wednesday, Entertainment Weekly also introduced several new promo shots for “Arrested Development’s” fourth season. In perhaps the most bizarre press photo, Seth Rogen and Kristen Wiig (neither of whom appeared in the original series) are seen in a bedroom. Based on Internet chatter, it seems that Wiig and Rogen may be playing younger versions of Bluth family elders Lucille and George Sr. Still, fans will have to wait one more excruciating month before finding out for sure.
"Arrested Development” was canceled by Fox in 2006 after three years on air and steadily built itself a dedicated cult following in subsequent years. For years, fans petitioned the network to bring the series back as a movie. Then, in November 2011, Netflix announced it would be airing a new season online. Fans everywhere rejoiced.
The fan favorite premiered on Fox in 2003. It followed the lives of a dysfunctional wealthy Orange County, Calif., family, the Bluths. Before it was canceled, "Arrested Development" kick-started the careers of Michael Cera and Will Arnett, while revitalizing the then-struggling career of Jason Bateman.
Season 4 of "Arrested Development" is set to premiere early on May 26 exclusively on Netflix. The online streaming service plans to make all 15 new episodes available at once, rather than spreading them out over several weeks.