Friday, April 12, 2024

Fans of “Arrested Development” will be delighted to see The New York Times report — after months of equivocation on the part of the actors and creator Mitchell Hurwitz — that a movie is  “80 percent” certain, with only some business details to be cleared up, and that there will be a nine- or 10-episode television miniseries to catch up with what the characters have been doing since the show went off the air.

Fans of “Arrested Development” in Cambridge, however, will be beyond delighted to hear their hometown starts it all off. Here’s what Hurwitz told the crowds Sunday at The New Yorker Festival:

The first episode, he said, could focus on Buster Bluth, the deeply neurotic brother played by Tony Hale. “The latest joke we have,” Mr. Hurwitz said, “is that it’s Cambridge, Mass., and there’s all these scientists in lab coats and they’re waiting for somebody. Buster comes through the door in a white lab coat – ‘Let’s begin’ – and they say, ‘Oh, no, you don’t get to wear the lab coat. We’re experimenting on you.’ ”

The comedy series ran on the Fox network for three years starting in 2003, telling the story of family of rich, law-breaking layabouts and the good son (a career-reviving role played by Jason Bateman) who tried to “keep them together.” It was fast-paced, unpredictable, edgy — including plenty of jokes about addiction and incest — and suffered Fox’s usual scheduling neglect and cancellation despite critical acclaim and multiple nominations and wins from the Emmys, Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, Television Critics Association and Writers Guild of America, among others.