An online movement springs up to bring minor but beloved “Arrested Development” character back into the fold for series revival
"Arrested Development" will be making its return. Whether the relatively minor character Steve Holt will also return is still up in the air. But the famously outspoken and passionate fans of the series are trying to ensure that the the illegitimate son of George Oscar Bluth Jr. and student-body president is brought back into the fold for the revival.
According to the couch-potato activists of the Save Steve Holt movement, actor Justin Grant Wade — who played Holt in 10 episodes of the series — has not yet been invited to take part in the new incarnations of "Arrested Development." So they've launched a grass-roots movement to put Wade among his former castmates David Cross, Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, et al.
The method behind the campaign? According to a blog post on the movement, the plan is "to basically mention Steve Holt! as often as possible online until someone in power notices."
So far, in addition to the web site SaveSteveHolt.com, fans have set up a blog, a Facebook page and a Twitter account in pursuit of their goal. (For those wishing to join the revolution, the Twitter hashtag is #savesteveholt.)
Naturally, there's also a T-shirt for sale to commemorate your moment of activism — and no, it doesn't read, "I Tried to Revive Justin Grant Wade's Acting Career, and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt."
As ramshackle as the campaign might seem, it is in keeping with the trajectory of the series, which was canceled by Fox in 2006 after three seasons but experienced a resurgence last year after years of fan anticipation, with Netflix picking up the series for a fourth season that will premiere next year, and plans for a feature-length version of the series reportedly underway.