Re: Arrested Development Season 4 Thread
From what I understand, the new format and most of the problems are the result of the limited availability of the actors. They had little or no time when they were all together. Some (such as I assume Tony Hale / Buster) were contractually limited from appearing in more than a certain number of episodes. This is why they chose to focus on 1 character per episode, and also sort of explains why they told it all out of order.
It is actually somewhat impressive that they were able to make it sort of work. And some of the jokes really grew on me as the season unfolded. Ultimately it was not as good as the original series, however, and I don't really understand the choice to leave things open ended and not really advance the plot unless they are sure they can do a movie.