The return of Arrested Development is undoubtedly one of the biggest pop culture events of 2013. Mitch Hurwitz‘s comedy has been off the air since 2006 but Netflix will release either 13 of 14 brand-new episodes simultaneously this May. If that revival is successful, the plan is to possibly follow it up with a movie. And in a new interview with USA Today, Hurwitz explains exactly how that film would tie into the new episodes.

He also discusses some of the difficulties of shooting these new episodes with their now super-famous cast, how these episodes will feel different from the original three seasons that aired on Fox from 2003-2006, and their overall story. Read his quotes and a ton of new information about Arrested Development after the jump.

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A little over a year ago, Netflix made TV lovers’ dreams come true with the announcement that they’d be reviving Arrested Development for a ten-episode season. The word came as even the most diehard fans had lost all hope of ever seeing the Bluths again, no matter how optimistically creator Mitch Hurwitz talked up the movie sequel. Today’s news can’t quite top that initial announcement, but it’s pretty sweet nonetheless.

The streaming service has agreed to bump up the original order by two to five more episodes, bringing the Season 4 total up to 12 or 15. Production is currently paused while Hurwitz adjusts for the expanded season, which is still on track to debut this spring. More details after the jump.

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Probably the biggest news in today’s TV Bits has to do with Mitch Hurwitz‘s comments on the upcoming season of Arrested Development, but we’ve also got stuff in here for FX subscribers, Heisenberg addicts, and J.J. Abrams lovers. After the jump:

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  • Showrunner Vince Gilligan talks about that Breaking Bad finale
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  • FX announces premiere dates for The League and It’s Always Sunny
  • The American Horror Story: Asylum cast convenes for a new poster

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There’s a ton of TV tidbits to plow through today, some of it Con-related and some of it not. After the jump:

  • Breaking Bad‘s Vince Gilligan suggests a Saul Goodman spinoff
  • Nickelodeon orders a second season of The Legend of Korra
  • TNT picks up Falling Skies for a third season
  • Science Channel will shoot a Firefly reunion special at Comic-Con
  • Homeland‘s second season will head to the Middle East
  • Watch the first two minutes of Dexter‘s seventh season
  • Ron Howard tweets from the writers room of Arrested Development

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The pessimist in me still refuses to believe in an Arrested Development revival until the finished product is actually up there on the screen, but even I have to admit that with every little update, it’s looking more and more like a reality. Last fall, Netflix picked up the exclusive rights to a ten-episode fourth season of the critically beloved sitcom to air in the first half of 2013. Now, as the production gears up for its summer start, show creator Mitch Hurwitz has offered a few more details on what we can expect when we check back in with the dysfunctional Bluth family. More after the jump.

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In today’s extra-cinematic edition of TV Bits, a film franchise gets adapted into television series, a classic show turns into a movie, and a certain brilliant-but-cancelled television series that’s been trying to get a big-screen sequel off the ground looks increasingly likely to make a temporary return to the small-screen. After the jump, read about:

  • Hulu and IFC’s interest in new episodes of Arrested Development
  • The big-screen adaptation of the classic talking horse series Mr. Ed
  • The development of a series based on film franchise Universal Soldier

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Update: EW has confirmed that Showtime and Netflix are in talks with producers about airing the miniseries.

Keep holding out hope, Arrested Development fans. Five years after the series finale, creator Mitchell Hurwitz is still insisting that, yes, a movie based on the brilliant-but-cancelled sitcom is definitely in the works. And what’s more, he’s now hoping to do a nine- or ten-episode lead-in miniseries as well. Intriguing news indeed, but I don’t think I’ll be holding my breath. More details after the jump.

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Good to see that Mitch Hurwitz, whose show Arrested Development faced limp ratings and seemed perpetually on the brink of cancellation — until it actually was canceled — has a sense of humor about it all. The producer has penned a piece for The Guardian that explains how to get a sitcom canceled, and it’s a fun little read. Check out a few pointers after the jump. Read More »

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