Netflix brought back the quirky, highly praised television comedy Arrested Development seven years after it was cancelled by Fox TV. Since 2006, there were plenty of rumors about the show returning as a movie, a miniseries, or just fading away forever.
On Sunday, May 26, 2013 the online media company that pioneered movie rental by mail and has since grown, shrunk, and attempted to remake itself, took another bold step by delivering 15 new episodes (Season 4) all at once. Remarkably (amazingly in fact) the entire original cast reprised their roles as the crisis filled Bluth family and their significant others, friends and foes.
The cast consists of a brilliant ensemble of well-knowns such as Jason Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, and up and comers Michael Cera and David Cross. Wonder where they’ve been?
Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat offer star-studded cameos and smaller players (including Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Liza Minnelli and others) will seek to seamlessly recreate and re-inhabit their characters.
And then there is Lindsay Bluth-Funke, ‘twin’ sister of panicked but persistent eldest son Michael Bluth (Bateman). Lindsay is played by the still blonde, still stunningly beautiful Portia de Rossi. While de Rossi has put together an impressive acting portfolio with featured roles on Ally McBeal, Nip/Tuck, Better off Ted, to name a few, she is perhaps better known today as the wife of Ellen DeGeneres.
In episode 3, we see de Rossi make her series debut when she makes a trip to India to ‘find herself’ and later tries to forcefully confront her mother (Walter) about the ‘truth’ still hidden in her childhood and her relationship with her ‘husband’ (Cross). (spoiler alert) Lindsay spends the last quarter of the episode having a wild affair in wild locations with a man she meets at a methadone clinic that her husband mistakenly thinks is an actors’ workshop. Is this the good ol’ crazytime you’ve been missing?
De Rossi’s Lindsay, who is undoubtedly a comic character, is just one of the many characters on the show with depth, changing issues, and the ability to convey human emotions. While a comedy, there’s something special about Arrested Development, a certain magic there, and we’re glad everyone took the time to give us another slice of this happiness.
Overall, if you are a fan of Arrested Development, I recommend checking out the new season. You can watch it whenever and wherever you want! Ah, the joys of technology. Get it on Netflix tonight!
[Article authored by Deana Bunny]