Will new ‘Arrested Development’ be an exception?

From left: Actors Tony Hale, David Cross, Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Cera, and Alia Shawkat at a screening of “Arrested Development’’ Season 4 on Thursday in London.
From left: Actors Tony Hale, David Cross, Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Cera, and Alia Shawkat at a screening of “Arrested Development’’ Season 4 on Thursday in London. Joel Ryan/Invision/AP

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Q. I’m beyond excited for the new installment of “Arrested Development.” That is one show where I think the resurrection from the dead will be well done and worth it.

A. I’m trying to be Mr. Positive about this. I hate revisiting old shows—it’s tacky and desperate, in most cases. But maybe this one will be different. Let’s see. Netflix is not letting critics watch any episodes in advance. Usually, that means a show is awful. But maybe Netflix is just trying to establish itself as critic-proof. Or they want the reviews to come out AFTER the episode dump, on May 26, to keep the show in the news as long as possible.

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