Mitch Hurwitz Talks Arrested Development Season 5, Show Criticism, George Clooney and More

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Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz chatted up reporters on a conference call this week, touching on a number of subjects, from the criticism leveled at Season 4... to a possible Season 5... to a near cameo by George Clooney.

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Here's a rundown of the more relevant talking points:

On Clooney's proposed storyline: "George Sr. has this land in Mexico and they was going to be constantly spooked and chased off the land by these really handsome men. We were going to get people like George Clooney. And they'd be like, ‘Who are these guys? Who are these Mexicans that are trying to get us off their property?' And at one point [the handsome men] were going to say, ‘We are the Mexican Romneys!'"

On Season 4 reviews: "I try to have a pretty open attitude about it. Everybody wants to be loved all the time; it's not realistic. It's certainly not realistic if you're going to be ambitious in terms of changing the form. There are risks either way. Had I done the exact same show I did last time, there'd be blowback to that."

On the new format: "I think it's inevitable if you do that people are not going to be on board at first, or maybe ever. But that's a risk I willingly took."

On the show's future: "I don't have a timeline yet. If there's more, I promise you we will put a date out there."

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