On the next “Arrested Development”… we actually have no idea what is going to happen. But what we do know is that Ron Howard knows. Did that make about as much sense as anything else on the Netflix series? Great.
Howard tweeted a picture of one very special way he was ringing in his 64th birthday on Thursday that should mean a lot to those who are waiting with baited breath for Season 5.
“For my birthday this morning I was back at the mic for the ‘Next…#ArrestedDevelopment,'” the famously-uncredited narrator tweeted, along with a photo of his partially obscured script for the first episode of the season and footage of Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) climbing up some stairs, in what we hope is a model home.
The only piece of dialogue we can see on the paper (marked “Arrested Development – 501” and dated February 26, 2018) is, “Michael Bluth had been away…” As fans of the series can tell you, that sentence could really end anywhere.
Howard is an executive producer on “Arrested Development,” who has been lending his voice to the tales of the Bluth Family since the show premiered on Fox in 2003. Netflix brought the Mitchell Hurwitz-run comedy back for a fourth season in 2013, after the network cancelled the cult hit in 2006.
Though Netflix confirmed a 2018 release for Season 5 of “Arrested Development” last May, no official premiere date has been announced. However, David Cross said in a recent interview with am New York that filming is “all done” on the long-awaited installment. “Hopefully, in the spring it’ll be out,” he added.
Cross also mentioned in the interview that, while he “can’t speak for everybody,” he and some of the other cast members “stand behind” co-star Jeffrey Tambor, who was ousted from Amazon’s “Transparent” in February, following sexual misconduct accusations posed against him by actresses Van Barnes and Trace Lysette.
The actor said he doubts the accusations will affect Tambor’s involvement in the series, but is not the one who makes those decisions.
Along with Bateman, Tambor, and Cross, the “Arrested Development” cast includes series regulars Michael Cera, Tony Hale, Will Arnett, Jessica Walter, Alia Shawkat and Portia de Rossi.
See Howard’s “Arrested Development” tease below.
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) March 2, 2018