Netflix has narrowed down the release window for the new season of “Arrested Development” — and there’s a chance fans may get more episodes than initially advertised.
The cult-classic comedy, which hasn’t been on the air since 2006, will return in the spring of 2013, Netflix says. It hasn’t set a specific date yet, but that’s at least a more concrete time than “sometime in 2013.”
Netflix’s deal with “Arrested” creator Mitch Hurwitz was initially for 10 episodes, but star David Cross says he thinks it may stretch to 13 (a company spokesperson says there will be “at least 10”).
“There’s too much story,” Cross tells Rolling Stone. “Some characters will have two-parters. Everybody sort of participates, sometimes in a bigger way and sometimes in a tiny little thread that goes through everybody else’s stories.”
Cross also says fans can expect a big dose of the multifaceted storytelling “Arrested Development” excelled at during its three-year run on FOX.
“I know what the stories are and what Mitch is doing, and it’s so layered. It’s really audacious and amazing,” he says. “I think a lot of people will miss the work that is involved, the story, the Venn diagrams that are being created, the domino effect that characters have with each other in their various episodes. I know what he’s doing, and this has never been done on a TV show like this. This makes ‘Lost’ look like a Spalding Gray monologue. You’ll have to watch each episode more than once.”