Ar­nett high on Ar­rested fu­ture

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Ws­tar Will Ar­nett ILL Ar­nett hopes the mixed re­views of Ar­rested De­vel­op­ment’s sea­son four will mel­low over time. Ar­nett is proud of new episodes and the cast is in dis­cus­sions with US TV net­work Net­flix to do more.

‘‘I think we had to go dark (in tone) . . . au­di­ences are so savvy now and you have to do some­thing that’s dif­fer­ent and make it in­ter­est­ing,’’ he says.

The 15-episode, fourth sea­son of Ar­rested De­vel­op­ment, the award-win­ning show about the dys­func­tional Bluth fam­ily, was posted to Net­flix Inc. in May.

Each episode fo­cused on a dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter show­ing his or her point of view of an event that was later ex­plained. There was much fan­fare over the show’s re­turn but not all fans were im­pressed with the for­mat and story lines.

Ar­nett says work­ing with Ja­son Bate­man, who was of­ten the ‘‘straight man’’ of Ar­rested De­vel­op­ment, taught him how to play it straight and re­ac­tionary in his up­com­ing com­edy, The Millers, co-star­ring Beau Bridges, Margo Martin­dale and Jayma Mays. ‘‘Ja­son has un­be­liev­able tim­ing,’’ says Ar­nett. ‘‘He’s per­son­ally one of the fun­ni­est peo­ple I’ve ever known. I’ve learned so much from him. As crazy as Gob (Bluth) was do­ing some­thing, it only worked (play­ing off Bate­man) . . . it was a tango, and Ja­son was the woman and I was the man,’’ he jokes.

On The Millers, Ar­nett is a newly di­vorced guy whose par­ents, played by Martin­dale and Bridges, are caught up in a bit­ter sep­a­ra­tion.

The com­edy is shot in a mul­ti­cam­era for­mat and taped in front of a live au­di­ence.

Ar­nett is ex­cited to have the op­por­tu­nity to work in a dif­fer­ent for­mat, as most of his TV ex­pe­ri­ence has been from a sin­gle-cam­era per­spec­tive.

‘‘It seemed like some­thing that is like do­ing a play, it is like an event . . .

‘‘I re­ally wanted to do some­thing fun and dif­fer­ent from what I’ve been do­ing the last few years,’’ he says.

– ALI­CIA RANCILIO

Ar­rested De­vel­op­ment

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