HOLLYWOOD - The Bluths are back.
Thanks to a devoted fan base, creator Michael Hurwitz and Netflix, Arrested Development was resuscitated Monday night on Hollywood Boulevard, ringing in a brand-new season that launches May 26 on Netflix.
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To celebrate the occasion, the series' happy cast, including Jason Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor, Portia de Rossi, Michael Cera, Will Arnett, Alia Shawkat and Jessica Walter, assembled after a seven-year break. It seemed only fitting they were joined by a live ostrich, which also walked the carpet (and makes a cameo in the premiere episode).
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De Rossi called the public reunion "such a relief. It's so exciting. I've been waiting for a long, long time." She and wife Ellen DeGeneres walked the orange carpet together, and said she watched old episodes of Arrested to prepare for the new shoot. "She did, we looked at them a little bit to remember her character. It just kind of came back to her," said DeGeneres.
"It was divine to put that hook back on," added Tony Hale, who plays Buster Bluth, who lost a hand to a sea creature.
"Seven years in the waiting, as they say," said Walter, who plays matriarch Lucille. That first day back "was emotional, for me," she added. "I care about this show a lot. It meant a lot for me in my career."