Arrested Development: The Final Countdown

May 27, 2013 by  
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This Sunday the much-awaited fourth season of Arrested Development will be made available on Netflix, ready for viewers to consume, episode after episode, in one enormous comedy binge. The season will consist of 15 episodes, each one focusing on one individual character, with the action taking place all at the same time.

Jason Bateman has explained: “If I’m driving down the street in my episode and Gob’s going down the sidewalk on his Segway, you could stop my episode, go into his episode, and follow him and see where he’s going.?

So far we’ve seen very little of the 15 new episodes, besides a short trailer, which doesn’t give much away (www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzVhPCMAxWQ). But the marketing surrounding the show’s release has been impressive to say the least, with Netflix teasing fans with various in-jokes from the show and content designed to get viewers excited about the return of the Bluths.

So without further ado, here are some of the best Arrested Development gems to have surfaced within the last last few weeks:

Tobias’ Reddit Account and “Insert Me Anywhere? Tobias, under the username BLUMN, posted an important announcement on the website Reddit last week concerning his ever-improving acting career.

“I’m hoping you can help me with a bit of a sticky mess,? he began. “I’ve been trying to reach Director James Cameron of The Avatar with my newest demo reel. Knowing he is a very technology-focused auteur, I went to the trouble of creating a series of green-screen audition videos that he can simply insert into any of his movies with little to no friction.?

He then linked to a website featuring several videos of him wearing various costumes, prompting savvy internet users to insert Tobias into everything from The Shining to various video games to this special “Insert Me Anywhere? musical: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCJoWE2e2ms

Further gems could be found by reading BLUMN’s previous Reddit posts in which the former ‘analrapist’ has dished out giant meaty man portions of thespian wisdom.

“I like character headshots myself,? he told one user in the /r/acting subreddit. “Think it helps show off the breadth of my talent. I also believe a knowing smile really warms up casting, along with a little note, decorative soaps and some glitter (if you’re feeling festive).?

He also posted relationship advice: “I find that when my wife relaxes a little bit about my various quirks (like how I hate having my y-front stretched out, my propensity for cutoffs, things like that), then I feel much more sexually attracted to her, physically as a woman. Hope this helps!?

Big Yellow Joint

As the cast were busy promoting the upcoming series, the Bluth’s frozen banana stand went on tour, first stopping in London, where it was spotted in Soho, then by Tower Bridge and finally in Leister Square. Afterwards, it made its way back to the US, where it was seen in Times Square (www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151619682378838&set=a.64124888837.70586.39875583837&type=1&relevant_count=1&ref=nf) and then L.A, along with a few very special Mr. Managers.

Recurring Developments

Recurring jokes are Part of what makes Arrested Development such an exceptional sitcom, and now thanks to the following websites, fans can see a comprehensive diagram of which jokes appear in which episodes. The first is from a website called Recurring Developments, and the second has been compiled by NPR.

GOB on Sesame Street

GOB, of course, is no strange to puppetry: with his African American puppet, Franklin Delano, he tackled racial prejudice by releasing the though-provoking song “It Ain’t Easy Being White Or Brown” (“and a lot of people thought it was pretty cool?). But it was surprising nevertheless to see the world’s greatest illusionist interacting with puppets once again, this time on Sesame Street.

Cast Interviews

In preparation for the season 4 premier, cast members have been revealing bits and pieces about the upcoming episodes, on chat shows and in print interviews. Here are just a few of the best ones:

Will Arnett on Conan:

Jessica Walter on Kristen Wiig’s young Lucille

Jason Bateman on Letterman:

The cast speak to The Guardian

Portia de Rossi with a New Clip from Season 4:

Season 4 Pictures

Finally, for pictures from the upcoming series, head over to Screen Crush.