Back in August, David Cross revealed that the fourth season of Arrested Development would most likely end up being 13 episodes instead of the 10 that was first announced. Deadline now confirms those plans!
According to Deadline, sitcom creator Mitch Hurwitz "shot more material than planned and also came up with ideas for additional scenes and storylines." So 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine TV talked to Netflix about expanding the order to 12-15 episodes, and they were cool with it! That basically echos what Cross said a few months back,
I think it's going to be 13 episodes, not 10. There's too much story. Some characters will have two-parters. Everybody sort of participates, sometimes in a bigger way and sometimes in a tiny little thread that goes through everybody else's stories.
As a result production on the fourth season has been put on hold so that Hurwitz can go over the footage that's already been shot. He will take the time he needs to figure out the best way to incorporate the new arcs into the show. Once Hurwitz is ready to move forward the studio will start working on securing the actors that will be needed to finish it all up. A Netflix spokeswoman had this to say in a statement,
We are thrilled with the direction of the show, with the footage we have seen and with the relationship between Mitch, Imagine, 20th and Netflix. At this time, we are not confirming or announcing the final episode count but we are sure fans will be thrilled when we do.
Netflix is still planning to release Arrested Development season 4 in the spring of 2013, and all episodes will go live at the same time. As a big fan of the show, I can't wait to see these characters back on the screen together!