10 Little Known Facts About ‘Arrested Development’

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Lucille's maiden name...
Lucille's maiden name...
FOX
...is Jenkins.
2
'Arrested Development' news anchor John Beard...
'Arrested Development' news anchor John Beard...
FOX
...is a real news anchor in Buffalo, N.Y.
3
There is a recurring background joke...
There is a recurring background joke...
FOX
...that Tobias is actually an albino black man. If you pay attention to subtle hints throughout the series, you'll pick up on it.
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Michael...
Michael...
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...is the first word spoken by narrator Ron Howard in 38 episodes out of 53. (And counting!)
5
Jack Black...
Jack Black...
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...had a non-speaking extra role in the background of the Season 3 episode "For British Eyes Only."
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The role of GOB...
The role of GOB...
Devan/INFGoff; FOX
...almost went to Rainn Wilson, of The Office fame, before landing in the capable hands of Will Arnett.
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Alia Shawkat...
Alia Shawkat...
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...was the first person to be cast on Arrested Development.
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Recurring player Liza Minelli...
Recurring player Liza Minelli...
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...took the role of Lucille "2" Austero after being personally asked by producer/narrator Ron Howard, for whom she babysat in their younger days.
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Rob Corddry's gun-loving character Moses Taylor...
Rob Corddry's gun-loving character Moses Taylor...
FOX
...is named after Charlton Heston's two most famous movie roles: Moses, from The Ten Commandments, and George Taylor, from Planet of the Apes.
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Michael Bluth's age...
Michael Bluth's age...
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...is a mystery. Although he is alleged to be the twin of Lindsay, who believes herself to be 37 in the final season (2006), Michael is confirmed by narrator Ron Howard to have been born 12 years after the 1961 cancelation of the TV series Sugarfoot, making his birth date in 1973, and as such only 32 at the time of the final season. However, this would mean that his son George Michael, whose age is said to land everywhere between 14 and 16 throughout the series (it goes back and forth, too), was born when Michael was only 17. Although he did meet his wife Tracy as a child and got married to her during his sophomore year of college, so anything is possible.

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