Other than a few laughs about chicken dances past, we didn't expect much to come from tonight's reunion of the cast of Arrested Development. Turns out we were dumber than a Blue Man Group alternate understudy: the New Yorker has tweeted that, "Arrested Development coming back for one more TV season before movie." Why would Eustace Tilly lie?

Details are still forthcoming, as the New Yorker Fest-sponsored reunion began at 4 p.m., But the Times' arts reporter Dave Itzkoff has a few juicy details from Arrested Development's creator, Mitch Hurwitz, on his Twitter account:

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Lets hope that it actually is real magic, and not just an illusion.


[UPDATE] Itzkoff has more over at ArtsBeat:

Asked by the event’s moderator, Nancy Franklin, for an update on the movie, Mr. Hurwitz said, “We’re 80 percent of the way to an answer,” which was understandably greeted by some laughter.

Mr. Hurwitz went on to say that he and Ron Howard, the director and producer who was the “Arrested Development” narrator, “had been talking about this for ages and trying to get this going.”

So, Mr. Hurwitz said: “We’re trying to do a limited-run series into the movie.” After a wave of excited applause died down, he continued: “We’re basically hoping to do 9 or 10 episodes, with almost one character per episode.”

And Jason Bateman Tweeted, "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!"