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'Arrested Development' Is Returning To TV! And The Movie Really Is Happening!

Mon, October 3, 2011 9:08am EDT by Andy Swift Add first Comment

Slip into your Hot Cop costumes, dust off your Franklin dolls and start doing the Chicken Dance! It’s all really happening!

This is one story in which I actually think I haven’t used enough exclamation points: Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz confirmed Oct. 2 that the show will be coming back to TV for an abbreviated season — there will be one episode focusing on where each member of the Bluth family is today — which will lead up to the series’ highly anticipated leap to the big screen.

The six-time Emmy Award-winning FOX sitcom — I’d call it a hit-com, but I hate that word — aired from Nov. 2003 to Feb. 2006, and was tragically canceled due to low ratings. Most of its popularity was generated post-cancelation, with TIME magazine even naming it one of “The 100 Best TV Shows of all-TIME.” (See what they did there? Clever, TIME magazine. Very clever.)

Unsurprisingly, the stars of the show share our excitement. Here’s what they tweeted:

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

Jason Bateman: It’s true. We will do 10 episodes and the movie. Probably shoot them all together next summer for a release in early ’13. VERY excited!

Tony Hale: Fun hanging out with the Arrested Development crew today. Even funner hearing more episodes and a movie is on the way!

Assuming the Arrested Development team is able to recapture the magic that made the short-lived series so incredible — which they will, because I trust them with all my heart and soul — the world is in for a wonderful gift.
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— Andy Swift