That sound you hear is millions of “Arrested Development” fans doing the chicken dance.
Over the weekend, series creator Mitchell Hurwitz, along with the entire cast of the cult comedy hit, made a big announcement about the future of their Emmy-winning series. In short: the Bluths are back! Hurwitz revealed the news at the New Yorker Festival to a slew of anxious fans who’ve been waiting since the series was canceled in 2006 for some kind of an official word on future of their favorite dysfunctional family.
In attendance were all nine cast members — Jason Bateman, Portia DeRossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Alia Shawkat, Tony Hale, David Cross, Jeffrey Tambor and Jessica Walter — as well as narrator/producer Ron Howard whose voice was heard over speakerphone. According to Hurwitz, the series will return for nine or ten episodes in an effort to catch viewers up on where each of the characters have been over the past five years. This shortened season will then lead up to a feature film for which a script is already half-written.
Currently, Showtime is among the outlets in talks to air the new episodes of the series that brought us such laughs as the cornballer, a hand-eating seal, a racist hand puppet and a cross-dressing housekeeper named Mrs. Featherbottom. If everything goes as planned, the season could air as soon as Fall 2012, where word of mouth and past awards success suggests that the series will have an excellent shot at getting some Emmy recognition in 2013. Not only was “Arrested Development” nominated for Best Comedy Series all three years it aired (2004-2006), prevailing its freshman year, but it also scored five additional Emmy wins: Best Casting, Best Editing, Best Directing and two for Best Writing.
The forthcoming movie’s Oscar hopes might be a tougher sell. Comedies rarely do well at the Academy Awards, and TV-shows-turned-movies fare even worse. The last time an Emmy-winning comedy tried its luck at the multiplex was 2001 Comedy Series champ “Sex and the City.” While the first movie in 2008 didn’t receive much awards attention, its 2010 sequel did… for all the wrong reasons. It was nominated for seven dishonors at the Razzie Awards, taking home three: Worst Actress (shared between Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis), Worst Sequel and Worst Screen Couple.
Below, watch as “Arrested Development” takes home the Emmy for Best Comedy Series in 2004. Hurwitz ends his speech alluding to the show’s infamous low ratings, saying, “We thank you all so much, this is so huge for us. You know what? Let’s watch it! Do you wanna?”