April 30th, 2013
05:21 PM ET

'Arrested Development' on Netflix: 'Kind of brilliant'

At the premiere of the new "Arrested Development" season on Monday, the mood was so festive that star Jeffrey Tambor joked, "I'm like at my own bar mitzvah."

"We have not seen each other for a while, and when this group gets together, they get very excited," the actor told CNN, and it was true - Jessica Walter stopped mid-sentence to embrace co-star Tony Hale, later explaining after they'd caught up a bit, "I love my Tony."

The cast behaves as though it's still 2006, and in a way, that's what the new show feels like as well, Walter said.

"It's thrilling, because the writing has been so brilliant, and it's as if seven years never went by - which is nice, when you're my age," she joked. "It was surreal, the first time we got back together. I think fans are going to be thrilled. When I read the scripts - about which we can't say anything - I was blown away."

Portia de Rossi agreed, saying that "it feels like time has kind of collapsed ... I was surprised at how similar [the Netflix episodes] looked and felt, and although we're all older we just kind of fell right in step and it looks the same."

"Arrested Development," she continued, "was such an amazing show to be a part of back then, and because there's been so much interest and there's a huge fan-base, I'm just happy to make more episodes for the fans. ... It's most likely going to be funny, and kind of brilliant."

All 15 new episodes will be available on Netflix on May 26, and star Jason Bateman said fans should still hold out hope for a movie.

“The movie is not written nor is there a deal yet for it, but [creator] Mitch [Hurwitz] has a whole story worked out," Bateman said. "It’s a three-act story that was too big to put in the feature, so we put the first act in these episodes and the movie would be act two and three.”

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    If you're sick of being fat from watching Netflix all day – just go find a gym. Check out http://www.gympatrol.com to help find the best gym suited to your needs.

    December 18, 2013 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Alvarez

    There's a fountain of pooh squirting from my buttocks.

    May 4, 2013 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. We got her can i go please?....i'm bored.


    May 3, 2013 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. all on top of mandy...

    can i get off stage now....this woman is too ill

    May 3, 2013 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. 3 hacking cowards...

    what's my social -

    May 3, 2013 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. learn to be funny

    Netflix should get more shows that follow this formula: http://aliveberry.com/2013/04/how-to-be-funny/
    If anyone has any shows similar to arrested development let me know as I am going to follow each character separately. BEST IDEA EVER!

    May 3, 2013 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  7. great results today....what a job...


    May 2, 2013 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. 09link

    She will pass–no worries.

    May 2, 2013 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sean Connery

    This feels......gay in some way....

    May 2, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. This cast

    is great reminds me of the people i use to work with.

    May 1, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Remember the depression problems...

    take care

    May 1, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Zeta

    dear you'll need to rest don't over do it.

    May 1, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Andie

    So excited for this. This summer will be GREAT!

    May 1, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Alucard

    Hey...hey police girl

    May 1, 2013 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  15. Marge

    great show

    April 30, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |

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