Mitch Hurwitz has finally admitted that mistakes were made in the fourth season of Arrested Development. The show’s creator is currently working on a re-edit which will present the season in chronological order.
Fans of the short lived sit-com which lasted only three seasons on Fox had to wait seven years for its fourth season which was released all at once on Netflix in May of 2013 and many were disappointed. The cult classic show, which starred Jeffrey Tambor and Jason Bateman, was about the world’s most dysfunctional rich family.
For some reason the show’s producers decided on a timeline which was out of sync. Several episodes in a row focused on only one character. Another bloc of episodes then focused on another character while revisiting already aired scenes from his or her perspective. This was not well received by fans.
The biggest problem with this style of filming was that it failed to recapture what made the first three season of the program so funny. Each episode was filled with many story lines revolving around the various characters. By jumping from one story line to another it kept the material fresh. The 4th season episodes that concentrated on only one character at a time were considered to be a bit boring by many fans.
Hurwitz has now admitted that this was a mistake. “Right now, I’m cutting a version of season four that tells it kind of chronologically, ” he said in an interview with Pretentious Film Majors. He also admitted that the filming of the 4th season was plagued with scheduling and internal conflicts.
One excuse given for filming the season out of sequence was the difficulty in getting the cast back together at the same time after so long of a break when they had all gone on to other projects.
There is no word yet on when or if the new version of season 4 will air. There has also been talk of a fifth season, but nothing has yet been confirmed.