EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Henry Winkler Talks 'Arrested Development' Netflix Series and the Legacy of 'Happy Days'

Friday, 18 January 2013 12:36
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Scheduled to premiere on Netflix in May is the long-awaited forth season of the Emmy-award winning comedy series Arrested Development. The new series will pick up where the old one left off in 2006 and follow the on-going exploits of the formerly wealthy, habitually dysfunctional Bluth family. Netflix will premiere all fourteen new episodes simultaneously, with a rumored Arrested Development: The Movie to follow. The entire original cast is set to return including Jason Bateman (Michael Bluth), Portia de Rossi (Lindsay Funke), Will Arnett (Gob Bluth), Michael Cera (George Michael Bluth), Alia Shawkat (Maybe Funke), Tony Hale (Buster Bluth), David Cross (Tobias Funke), Jeffrey Tambor (George Bluth), Jessica Walter (Lucille Bluth), and Ron Howard as the Narrator. Returning recurring cast members will include Henry Winkler (Barry Zuckerkorn), Mae Whitman (Ann Veal), Scott Baio (Bob Loblaw), Judy Greer (Kitty Sanchez), Liza Minnelli (Lucille Austero), and Carl Weathers as himself, as well as new cast members John Slattery (Iron Man 2), Terry Crews (The Expendables 2), and Isla Fisher (Bachelorette).  

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick was recently on the set of Adult Swim's Emmy Award-winning show Childrens Hospital and had the rare pleasure of sitting down and speaking with actor Henry Winkler about his involvement in the new Arrested Development series, as well as the legacy of Happy Days. The legendary television actor discussed the new Arrested Development series, his character, what Barry Zuckerkorn has been doing since we last saw him, when Winkler shot his scenes, the possibility of being involved in the proposed film, confirmation that Ron Howard will return as the show's narrator, Howard's "annoying voice," and the genius of series creator Mitchell Hurwitz, as well as the legacy of Happy Days, the impact of playing Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli, and how it has affected Winkler's life and the lives of generations of people around the world. 

To watch what Henry Winkler had to say about the new Arrested Development Netflix series, and the legacy of Happy Days, please click on the video player above. 


The show's storyline centers on the Bluth family, and is presented in a continuous format, incorporating hand-held, camera work, narration, archival photos, and historical footage. The show's format for season four will be different compared to previous seasons, with each of the fourteen episodes focusing on one individual character, showing that character's activities since the conclusion of the third season. 

Arrested Development season four is scheduled to premiere exclusively on Netflix in May. 

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