Just because the Bluth family has been away for a while doesn’t mean that Netflix doesn’t have plans to bring “Arrested Development” back for Season 5. However, with a deal in place and the writers hard at work, even the stars of the popular comedy are wondering when they’ll know more than the general public about the new run.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, comedian David Cross, who plays Tobias Fünke on the show, admitted that he isn’t in the loop for any internal “Arrested” talks with creator Mitch Hurwitz and learns about the series' advancement on the Internet just like everyone else. However, if "Arrested" wants to be on track to debut in 2016, it may have a little trouble given that the 51-year-old actor is about to go on tour for six months. Fortunately, Cross says that his lack of knowledge on the subject isn’t necessarily a dealbreaker for Season 5.
“I didn’t really hear anything until it was pretty much time to go,” he told the outlet. “So you know, I’ll believe it when I see it. I know they’re writing, I know Mitch has an idea for it, and literally, that is all I know. If it works out, great, I would love to do it, of course. It’s such a fun show to do and a great cast to work with.”
While Cross remains optimistic, the fact of the matter is that E! Online previously reported that producer Brian Grazer said they hoped to begin production on the show in January or February 2016, meaning Cross should either be on set filming or not about to tour the country for half a year. However, this isn’t exactly a debilitating loss for the show. When “Arrested Development” came back for Season 4 after spending nearly eight years off the air, the biggest issue with the production was getting the cast, which had all gone off to bigger things, back together. To help, Season 4 used a narrative device that focused each episode on a different character, which many feel made the latest season suffer.
Last month, director Ron Howard, who also narrated all four season of the series, assured some fans that the show is not in any kind of scheduling danger given that both Netflix and 20th Century Fox are on board for another 17 episodes of “Arrested Development.” In addition, although the writers are apparently still hard at work penning the new season, actress Jessica Walters, who plays Lucille Bluth, seems to be aware of a potential plotline for Season 5 that she teased would see Buster arrested for the murder of Lucille Austero (Liza Minelli). However, she was unable to confirm any details beyond that.
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