We’re still reeling from the news that beloved series “Arrested Development” isn’t just finally getting its movie — it’s coming back to TV with up to 10 new episodes.
But now that our original euphoria (rest assured we did a chicken dance) is clearing, it’s time to talk logistics.
When and where and what are we going to see as a result of this news?
Here’s what’s already out there: the producers’ partners on this effort are Netflix and Showtime.
And series creator Mitchell Hurwitz mentioned that he’d like to use the TV eps to update audiences on each character, one at a time, and set the stage for the movie.
That could mean the eps will air on Showtime and be simultaneously or immediately-after available on Netflix (which happens to be a great partner since so many fans first saw the series on DVD).
The “Arrested” reunion could also be wrapped into Netflix’s new original-programming strategy, which currently includes just one in-development show — “House of Cards,” a drama with Kevin Spacey.
Let’s talk timeframe.
Hurwitz, whose series “Running Wilde” was canceled by FOX last year, is wide open.
The cast members with major roadblocks to be worked around are:
— Jason Bateman, whose movie career has kicked into high gear as of late — he’s signed onto five projects with release dates before 2013.
— Will Arnett, whose schedule will depend on whether NBC renews his parenting comedy “Up All Night” for a second season.
— David Cross, who’s got his IFC series “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Margaret” as well as a big arc on “Modern Family,” which will probably be out of the way before this gets off the ground.
— Portia di Rossi, who’s set to develop an NBC sitcom with wife Ellen DeGeneres.
— And Michael Cera, who has a few movie projects set — including one where he plays a young, widower father — is always busy, though he’s not as hysterically in-demand as he was a few years back.
The good news is: these scheduling issues are just that — scheduling. Because Hurwitz’s TV project isn’t angled at a long run, it likely won’t conflict with the actors’ other series contracts.
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