Jeffrey Tambor, David Cross, Tony Hale, Michael Cera and Alia Shawkat touched down in London town to launch the brand new series of Arrested Development last week, and, as luck would have it, I found myself in the vicinity too.
First, a confession: I was aware of Arrested Development back in the day, and I watched it from time to time, but I just didn’t get into it. Fast forward ten years (the show officially launched in 2003) and I found myself glued to the computer screen as I caught up will all three seasons on Netflix. For those who don’t know, Arrested Development tells the tale of the Bluth family, who once ran an affluent real estate business. When George Senior (Tambor) decided to treat the business as his own personal piggy bank, the family went bust, leaving eldest son Michael (Jason Bateman) to hold things together for everyone. Watch it, you’ll see.
Anyway, last week I was lucky enough to get the chance to sit down with some of the cast to talk all about the Bluths in Season 4. The series was controversially cancelled almost 7 years ago, y’see, and now it’s set to make a huge comeback on Netflix, with 15 brand new episodes. Jeffrey Tambor, David Cross, and Tony Hale couldn’t give much away about the plot, but they did find time to bring some of that George, Tobias and Buster magic to our interview, even serenading me with a tune about my gúna off camera. When the lads had finished having the craic with me, I got chatting about doo-doo (I’m serious), Irish mammies, and the possibility of George Bluth finding a safe haven on the Emerald Isle.
And as if having the craic with the lads wasn’t enough, I then had the opportunity to catch up with Michael Cera and Alia Shawkat, aka George Michael and Maeby. The err, dangerous cousins, told me what it was like to be back on set as “technical adults”, while Michael filled me in on his new role in Season 4. Seems Mr Cera did far more than just act this time around. Plus, I even found out that one of them has Irish blood.
Catch all of my interviews with the cast over on entertainment.ie