While their developing relationship was mostly relegated to subplots during the original series, George Michael and Maeby will continue their furtive romance in the new series.
"The Maeby thread is going, but I don't know how much to say about it without totally blowing the whole thing," said Michael Cera, who plays George Michael. "It's definitely something that was taken into consideration." Bateman jokingly gave away a crucial detail in the development of their secret love affair. "They have a kid," he said. "I don't know if that's a spoiler. There's two children, actually." "And they're ultracute, as you can imagine," Cera observed. "But actually, he's less of a daddy's boy this season, and kind of trying to take a step back but I think actually turning into Michael inadvertently -- in terms of hairstyle and looks."
Meanwhile, will audiences blue themselves at the sight of the new series? Or will Tobias? David Cross says yes, though he won't explain who does, much less how or why.
"There's a couple of characters that get blue," Cross said. "That's all I'll tell you." Tobias' Blue Man Group phase ranked among fans' favorite storylines, which is particularly why they would be disappointed if there weren't a nod to it in Netflix's series. "Well then, perhaps that was taken into account," Cross admits coyly.
When "Arrested Development" debuted in 2003, it managed to tackle some real-world issues even as it chronicled the increasingly ridiculous exploits of the Bluths. The Netflix series won't merely update audiences about the show's characters, but the culture in which they -- and we -- now exist.
"I think we're greedy as a culture," De Rossi said when asked what "Arrested Development" has to say about contemporary society. "I think [the show] just highlights the fact that this society has become a little self-obsessed, greedy, and I don't know, it seems to be tipping off of its axis just a bit. And I think that you have this family, and we have this housing development, the McMansions, kind of plays to our consumerism as a culture."
Cross added, "There's something as a viewer you tend to forget about, which is that this family that we're watching is shot in a documentary-style. And we're so inured to it and used to it, but... the idea of what's real and what's fiction is blurred because so many of these people are phony and shallow in their own right, whenever you watch any of the 'Real Housewives' or any of those type of shows. They're all performing, even though they're real people. In 'Arrested Development,' there's cameras there, and I think we even did an episode where you see a boom. We did that on purpose to remind you that this is documentary-style, and now even moreso I think in 2013 that that's the landscape of our TV. And we just forget what's real and what's performing for the camera."
BONUS: Even with anticipation high for the series, that rumor about an "Arrested Development" movie has yet to e confirmed. But at least one cast member thinks that it wouldn't be too difficult to get everyone together again, if it did happen.
"I hope that there is still a possibility of a movie," De Rossi said. "I think we all would love to be a part of this crazy family for as long as we can be in any format that Mitch thinks is right for the show. I think we're all on board for that."