Netflix brings back the Bluths in new 'Arrested Development' season

Thu May 23, 2013 12:44pm EDT
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By Eric Kelsey

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - All Michael Bluth wanted to do was to keep his family together, and with the best intentions in mind he found himself awkwardly trying to kiss a vertigo-stricken character played by Liza Minnelli.

With that moment of dizzy romance, the fourth season of cult television comedy "Arrested Development" begins its comeback on Internet video streaming service Netflix on Sunday, some seven years after getting the axe on broadcast television.

"Arrested Development" tells the story of the riches-to-rags dysfunctional Bluth family, led by well-intentioned son Michael, played by Jason Bateman, who cannot sort out their lives after Bluth patriarch George Sr. is jailed for fraud.

Netflix, which has been adding original shows to its online television and film library, will make the entire 15-episode season available at 12:01 a.m. PST on Sunday, harnessing the trend of viewers 'binge-watching' TV series online and through DVDs.

The new season of the Emmy-winning series was written with binge-watchers in mind, Bateman, 44, told Reuters.

"This notion that you can release an entire season of a television show on one day and people can take their time to watch it or they can binge, informed the actual writing of this whole story," he said.

The actor said that the new season would be similar to "one big episode," just told in 15 half-hour episodes with storylines that are "completely intertwined and braided."

"There are certain scenes that repeat in multiple episodes but are told from a different angle. That's just something you couldn't do on broadcast television," Bateman said.   Continued...

U.S actor Jason Bateman poses during a photocall for his film "The Change-Up" during the 37th American Film Festival in Deauville, September 4, 2011. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau