The carefree days of en masse chicken dances are, for now, behind us.
em>Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz has explained the format of the new, Netflix-bound season, and if you were expecting a big, raucous Bluth reunion party--maybe something like this--prepare to be let down. While Hurwitz last said the fourth season was "kind of evolving into becoming more like the old show again," he's now backtracking a bit on that, telling USA Today, "The show will look very different."
Specifically, now, says Hurwitz, "We're not jumping from one thing to another; you're staying with one character." As he originally suggested before the whole "like the old show" thing, each episode will be keenly focused on a single character, and apparently only Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) appears in every episode, holding the season together like he has the family.
Except he also isn't holding the family together anymore. The reason for the character-specific season--beyond that the cast is busy with other, more profitable contractual obligations--is that the Bluths have gone their own separate ways, and each episode will catch us up with what an estranged family member has been doing for the last seven years. The final episode supposedly does hint at "an imminent family reunion" to come, but: "You don't see them all together until you see the movie," Hurwitz claims, reminding us that even when the promise of a new season miraculously comes to pass, there's still the matter of an unlikely movie to continue our brain's hopeful repetition of "on the next... Arrested Development" in perpetuity.