"It's really audacious and amazing," Cross said about the new season. "I think a lot of people will miss the work that is involved, the story, the Venn diagrams that are being created, the domino effect that characters have with each other in their various episodes. I know what he's doing, and this has never been done on a TV show like this. This makes 'Lost' look like a Spaulding Grey monologue. You'll have to watch each episode more than once."
Production on the new season of "Arrested Development" began in July 2012 with a planned premiere date sometime in 2013. Originally announced as a 10-episode season, Cross told Rolling Stone he thinks it's 13 episodes now because "there's too much story." Look for some characters to have two-part episodes.
"Everybody sort of participates, sometimes in a bigger way and sometimes in a tiny little thread that goes through everybody else's stories," he said.
Executive producer and narrator Ron Howard has been tweeting updates from the set. Howard, who will also appear on camera this season, said series creator Mitch Hurwitz is introducing new characters. One of them will be played by "Mad Men" star John Slattery.
"Mitch [Hurwitz] isn't trying to recreate something," Howard said. "It's been away for a while, and part of the fun that Mitch has been mining and exploiting is, what's new to discover about these people? What's delightfully unchanged? He and the writing staff and the actors have a fantastic sense of that. They're pretty brazen, pretty bold and fearless. That's what made the show into something that fans really kept alive."