Hey, PopWatchers! By now you’ve probably heard the amazing news that came out of yesterday’s Arrested Development panel at the New Yorker Festival. But, in case you didn’t hear (perhaps someone blew an air horn in your ear, in which case, you should probably lie down), Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz revealed that not only was he halfway through the script of the long in-the-works movie, which he hopes to begin shooting next summer, but in even more exciting news, he said he plans to shoot a limited-run nine to 10 new episodes of the series that would air next fall. (Jason Bateman summed up the time line a little differently, tweeting, “It’s true. We will do 10 episodes and the movie. Probably shoot them all together next summer for a release in early ’13. VERY excited!”)

With both Netflix and Showtime currently in talks to pick up the show and make this happen and Hurwitz promising that the limited-run series will catch fans up on everything that’s been going on with the Bluth clan since Arrested Development ended five years ago (in short, “They f— everything up”), could this be even more exciting than the prospect of a movie? After all, the wait for the flick has been, as Bateman put it last month, “frustrating,” so this could alleviate all of the anticipation and high expectations being placed solely on the movie. Plus, it’s just more Arrested Development! Time to do an excited chicken dance!

Then again, some fans might argue that a short-run series and movie don’t really need to happen in the first place. The lone three seasons of the cult comedy were near-perfect as is; why try and change that? Has the cast made a huge mistake? I’m personally one of the Arrested fans (there are literally dozens of us) who is eagerly looking forward to both the short-run series (especially Hurwitz’s idea to have “almost one character per episode, where, like, the first episode will just be Buster”) and the movie. My love and appreciation for the supremely bizarre series has only grown over the past few years (season 2 ages like a fine wine) and I have faith that both Hurwitz and the cast know how much this means to fans. They can’t possibly let us down, right? Right?! Let’s break out the juice and celebrate. This is going to be off the hook!

In the meantime, while we wait, check out more photos below of the Arrested Development cast at the New Yorker festival. (Above, right.) It seems everyone was there, except actress Mae Whitman, a.k.a. Bland Ann. Or maybe she was and nobody noticed.

How do you feel about the Arrested Development news, PopWatchers? Is it the best news ever or the best news EVER? Or is that like comparing apples and some fruit nobody’s ever heard of? Share in the comments section below! And, as if you weren’t pumped enough, blue yourself over this footage below of the cast doing the chicken dance.

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