During an appearance at the New Yorker Festival on Sunday, ‘Arrested Development’ creator Mitch Hurwitz set the internet on fire — and made a whole lot of Bluth family fans happy — when he announced that the much-loved series will return to television. 

“We’re trying to do a limited-run series into the [long-awaited 'Arrested Development'] movie,” Hurwitz said, to thunderous applause. “We’re basically hoping to do nine or 10 episodes, with almost one character per episode.”

While exciting, fans shouldn’t expect a speedy return for the cult-hit show — Hurwitz didn’t specify a studio behind the movie or television projects, nor did he say which network would broadcast the new episodes. The original series, which ran on Fox from 2003-2006 before being canceled due to low ratings, was beloved by critics, Emmy voters and a small (but rabid) fan base.

The ‘Arrested Development’ cast, including Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, and Portia de Rossi, all reunited at the festival. After news about the upcoming episodes hit the blogosphere, 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!”

To tide fans over until the official return, the ‘Arrested’ cast performed the famous “chicken dance” from the show. Check it out below. Here’s hoping the Bluths never figure out what a chicken actually sounds like.

[ via The New York Times and Buzzfeed]