01/09/2013 04:01 pm ET

'Arrested Development' On Netflix: The Latest News About Season 4 From The Cast And Creator (LIVE UPDATES)

Netflix's miraculous resurrection of "Arrested Development" makes it one of the most eagerly anticipated projects of 2013, so it's no surprise the show hosted a panel at the 2013 Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour to update reporters on its progress.

Creator Mitch Hurwitz and stars Will Arnett (Gob), Jason Bateman (Michael), Michael Cera (George-Michael), Portia de Rossi (Lindsay), Alia Shawkat (Maeby), Jeffrey Tambor (George Bluth Sr.) and Jessica Walter (Lucille) were all on hand to answer questions about Season 4. Read live updates from the show's TCA panel below.

01/09/2013 5:16 PM EST

That's a wrap!

The panel was short and sweet, but all 14 episodes will debut on Netflix in May. If the finished product is even half as funny as the deleted scene, fans will be very satisfied.

01/09/2013 5:14 PM EST

Deleted scene

We're shown a deleted scene in which Lucille is smoking in the apartment (which is not allowed), and blowing the smoke into Buster's mouth for him to blow outside for her, while he's simultaneously trying to continue a conversation with her. He begs her to stop, but she lights another cigarette and keeps going until he passes out. IT'S HILARIOUS.

01/09/2013 5:11 PM EST

Tambor reminisced about the group reuniting for the first time, all nine regulars, and how moving that experience was.

Hurwitz recalled Tambor telling him, "Everywhere I look, it's the funniest person I've ever seen."

Jessica Walter: It was surreal, here we were, nine years later... We're all the same people, the same voices coming out.

Hurwitz: We couldn't afford to do the show with what these people are worth now. So it was this crazy idea of 'there'll be one king this week.'

01/09/2013 5:09 PM EST

Did they always believe a movie would happen?

Will Arnett: I always held out hope. I had the luxury of staying in touch with Mitch ... there would be times where we'd be talking about an idea, and Mitch had this folder [of "AD" ideas] ...

Jason Bateman: It was always Mitch's intention to [make this a movie]. I think he really wanted to put it in a dark room where you're trapped and you can appreciate the complexity of it ... If there is a movie, I know he's got great ideas for it.

01/09/2013 5:05 PM EST

Figuring out the story before filming:

Hurwitz: We got locked in on the story ... We've still got some pickups [still to do] ... we're in second position to most of these actors ... We're shooting it way out of order, it was a lot of pieces to juggle. The story with the writers -- some of them came back from the old show -- we had worked that out, we started writing the shows in order, and then quickly had to jump to 'we've got Tony and Jessica today, so let's write [their stuff]', but luckily we knew the whole story.

01/09/2013 5:01 PM EST

The appeal of Netflix:

Jeffrey Tambor: {when people come up to him about the show] I get a real good sign that they appreciate that we're coming out on Netflix -- the technology and the show are in step and they seem to get that and appreciate that and express a lot of admiration for the choice that we made. I said it would be very cool.

Portia de Rossi: It was exciting, the prospect of that. What makes it different from episodic television like "Breaking Bad" -- action happens simultaneously for characters throughout the 14 episodes.

01/09/2013 4:58 PM EST

Michael Cera joined the writers' room this season:

Hurwitz: Michael is such a brilliant guy and such a great writer, and I really did bring him in because he's such an open guy and he wanted to learn this other craft, and suddenly we were very dependent about Michael Cera being in the writers' room ... he understood this complex story and was pitching stories in character.

01/09/2013 4:56 PM EST

Hurwitz: "Arrested Development" people like to watch this binge viewing -- you've got to follow the audience, you've got to stay fresh, you've got to keep challenging yourself.

01/09/2013 4:55 PM EST

Is there a set order to watch? Worries about spoilers?

Hurwitz: There is absolutely an order that we've put together to create the maximum number of surprises. That being said ... a lot of our audience discovered our show after it was already out ... there are going to be surprises that will be ruined by spoilers, but that would've happened anyway ... That stuff just exists out there.

01/09/2013 4:53 PM EST

Worries about tarnishing the show's reputation?

Hurwitz: It's great fortune to have something to live up to but as creative people we have to put that aside and remember that ... the spirit of this was to surprise the fans with something they didn't see coming? Even about the number of episodes ... We always knew there were going to be 14, the idea was like, "let's say there's 10, and then the fans will be surprised when there's 14."

"Arrested Development" Season 4 will premiere on Netflix in May 2013.

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