Narrator: Now the story of a wealthy family who lost everything and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together. It's 'Arrested Development.'
And with that, the world was introduced to "Arrested Development," a network comedy that flopped in the ratings, enamored critics, was canceled by Fox in 2006 after three seasons, and became a cult classic that has been passed between friends with as much hopeful expectation as a dog-eared copy of Proust's "In Search of Lost Time."
A possible feature film version of the show set in and around Newport Beach has been a shimmering El Dorado in fans' minds for years; however, sporadic Tweets hinting at it began to fall upon increasingly jaded eyes.
But that hope was rekindled this week, with the announcement that the show's cast and crew will join together once again to produce about nine new episodes — one for each major cast member, filling viewers in on their activities since 2006 — to be followed by a long-delayed feature film.