There was a lot of touching yesterday at the New Yorker Festival’s “Bluth Family Reunion” panel, which reunited Arrested Development’s main players — co-creator Mitchell Hurwitz, Portia De Rossi, David Cross, Michael Cera, Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat, and Ron Howard (via speakerphone) — for the first time since they wrapped their final show in December 2005. There was plenty of talk about how Fox made a huge mistake when it canceled the series six years ago. And there was even unlimited juice — okay, that’s a lie, but it was still, in Buster’s words, “OFF THE HOOK.”
I’m not just referring to the clan’s announcement that they were working on a limited-run series to segue between the final episode and the show’s long awaited movie adaptation. The clearly happy-to-be-there group — Arnett finished the evening by thanking the crowd for giving them an excuse to get back together — spent a good hour and forty minutes reminiscing about the show’s early days, joking about bowel movements and pop-pop (you know what I mean), dissecting Jason Bateman’s revitalized career, and making fun of Michael Cera’s new mop-top ‘do (seriously, think Muppet hair). As for the fans, not only did they get to ask questions, but they also got to show off their stuff. And I mean real stuff — one guy had paid $350 for one of Buster’s prosthetic hands, another had purchased GOB’s Segway. They also asked the Bluths to fulfill one final request: Do the chicken dance for the audience. And they got their wish.
Here are 13 other tidbits you might have learned had you’d been there.
1. The first script came with a warning. READ FULL STORY