The Bluth family have never been conventional: the chicken dances, the dead doves, the whole ‘living in a show house full of plastic food’ thing. But in the new series of Arrested Development, it looks like things are going to get even more complicated: there’s been a MURDER.
Yes: at the end of critically maligned Season 4, little brother Buster was arrested on suspicion of murdering his former lover Lucille Austero (otherwise known as Lucille 2). And it looks like Season 5 is going to be an exploration of who actually did it.
"The central spine of that story of is the death of Liza Minnelli's character, and a bit of whodunit, who may have done it, who had something to do with it," Jason Bateman told EW Radio.
"That's sort of a central thread around which Mitch is going to braid in all the colourful plot complications."
Great news for people who weren’t a fan of the individual episode format of the last season: Season 5 is going to “pivot off that”, according to Bateman.
“He was embracing the interface of Netflix, which was fairly new at the time in original programming, and wanted to be able to basically have you click out of one episode and click into somebody else's episode and see a different view point on this simultaneous action.
“Ultimately, editorially, it didn't really come together as well as he wanted it to, and then he had to dictate an order of watching, and it ended up being a little bit more complicated than I think one intended. But we're still very proud of those episodes obviously – and really excited that we get to be together in these.”
We reckon this murder mystery idea sounds brilliant, and could be a welcome return to what Arrested Development does best.
Now we just have to keep our fingers crossed that the Bluths won’t be using Barry Zuckerkorn.