Arrested Development: It's Back!
10-episode mini-season will be followed by a film
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Oct 3, 2011 3:22 AM CDT
Updated Oct 3, 2011 5:00 AM CDT
Jason Bateman (center) and Michael Cera, (right) appear in a past scene from "Arrested Development."   (AP Photo/Fox, Sam Urdank)
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(Newser) – Everyone's favorite con comedy has been sprung for a brand new season, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Arrested Development is coming back to TV as "mini-season" that will end with the long-rumored Arrested Development film—five years after the program was ended. "It's true," tweeted star Jason Batemen yesterday. "We will do 10 episodes and the movie. Probably shoot them all together next summer for a release in early '13." Added co-star Will Arnett: "I'm peeing with @batemanjason at the moment ... and we can confirm that we are going to make new AD eps and a movie."

The Fox TV series was a cult hit that earned six Emmy awards but was canceled after just three seasons. Big hints about the revival were dropped again yesterday at the New Yorker Festival, which brought the cast together again, notes the New York Times. Creator Mitch Hurwitz said he had been in talks with producer and show narrator Ron Howard to bring back the program and a film. Arranging cast time will be a challenge because Arnett is now committed to NBC's Up All Night, and Bateman and co-star Michael Cera have other movie commitments. (Click to watch 11 awesome scenes from past seasons.)