For those of you who waited years for some kind of Arrested Development reunion show or film, 2012 has been your year, with the news that not only would there be an Arrested Development film, but there would also be a 10 episode season on Netflix, with each episode revolving around a single AD character to update audiences prior to the film.  And despite the fact that we AD fans will take what we can get, 10 episodes is pretty puny.  Which is why today’s news is so refreshing: the long-delayed fourth season of Arrested Development is getting ever more episodes.

The news comes courtesy of Deadline, which reports that Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz shot far more material than was originally planned, and developed additional plotlines and individual scenes.  To accommodate this, 20th Century Fox TV, Imagine TV, and Netflix have agreed to expand the fourth season from 10 episodes to an estimated 12-15 episodes.

That’s right, potentially up to five extra episodes of Arrested Development could be on our way.  Because of this, production (which was set to shut down right after Thanksgiving), will continue after a brief hiatus in which Hurwitz and company can “review the footage already in the can” and find the most advantageous way to add the newly developed material to the preexisting 10 episodes.  Deadline notes that filming is set to begin again in late January 2013.

What do you think of the Arrested Development news?