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Michael Cera and Alia Shawkat discuss sex and awkward love in “Arrested Development” season 4

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By Michael Rougeau

It’s been seven years since “Arrested Development’s” third season, and in the world inhabited by the Bluth family, just as much time will have passed when the series catches up with them in season 4. Michael Cera‘s George Michael and Alia Shawkat‘s Maeby Fünke are all grown up, and when IFC sat down with the actors behind the cousins-in-love during a recent press day with the cast, they said that their relationships with their family and with one another have changed in subtle ways.

“It’s kind of like in real life, like, it doesn’t really change at all,” Cera said. “You go home and you just regress right back into, like, the same rhythm with your family.”

“Exactly. Yeah, you’re able to maybe not text them as much, because parents don’t know how to text very well,” Shawkat said. She added that “there’s a little more, like, sexual experiences tossed in there,” now that they’re grown up and George Michael has entered college, “because adults have sex.”

“Just to shake things up,” Cera added. “Just because it’s part of the times. It would be weird not to include it. It’s now.” The duo stifled a burst of laughter.

IFC couldn’t help but ask: does that increased sexual experience have anything to do with the fact that by the end of season 3 of “Arrested Development,” George Michael and Maeby had discovered that they’re not actually related?

“Good segue,” Cera said, laughing. But he wouldn’t reveal how things between the awkward couple play out. Shawkat’s lips were sealed as well; both pretended they had forgotten what happens, swearing they were “not trying to be smug.” But smiles tugged at the corners of their mouths, giving them away.

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Neither had any trouble recalling favorite moments from past seasons, though. “I like when Buster has Franklin, the puppet, and he’s like yelling at Lucille. That makes me laugh so hard,” Cera said

“Because he’s, like, only able to express himself through the puppet,” Shawkat added.

“Yeah, just this bottled-up rage coming out,” Cera continued. “And you actually see a camera man. In that moment you see a snippet of a camera man but I guess they just kept it because it was like incredibly funny.”

Shawkat continued, “There’s a very few moments too where they actually, like, wink, like on the boat I think in the final episode — or was it the pilot? It’s one of the bookends — where he’s like running up the stairs and the camera guy, you see his feet. Because it is a documentary.”

“In the courtroom, the judge actually looks at the camera, acknowledges the camera at one point,” Cera added.

Season 4 of “Arrested Development” holds to a slightly different format than the show did in the past, with individual episodes focused on specific characters. There are other changes too, and Cera and Shawkat explained that there will be just as many new jokes as there are old ones making a return.

“There’s a lot of new ones. It’s harder for me to remember which old ones are called back than to think of, like, the new ones that become recurring this season,” Cera added. “There are some new jokes that are all throughout the season that make me laugh so hard.”

“Which I liked,” Shawkat added. “How did [show creator Mitch Hurwitz] say it? He didn’t want it to be, like, an old classics kind of thing? A best of.”

There are also plenty of new guest stars, and the duo said it was “really cool” seeing new characters come to life in the world of Bluths. “I got to work with Eli Vargas,” Shawkat said. “Great guy. Huge in Spain. He’s a heartthrob there. Who else? Terry Crews, he was really funny.”

“It’s really cool seeing new characters actually come into play, and like, because it brings out different quality in our characters,” she continued.

“That these people exist in that universe,” Cera interjected.

“Yeah exactly, like there’s other people in this world, and yeah, and they have such strange guest stars that they wrote in. It’s just, like, some weird shit,” Shawkat finished.

So will the on-again, off-again, awkward-forever couple finally get together in season 4?

“It’s hard to actually say what happens without giving, like, major story points away I think,” Cera explained.

Their relationship “evolves,” Shawkat said, but “it’s arrested in its change.”

“Arrested Development” season 4 will air on Netflix in its entirety beginning May 26. Keep an eye out for IFC’s interviews with the rest of the show’s cast as the premiere approaches.

What is your favorite recurring joke from “Arrested Development”? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Holiday Extra Special

Make The Holidays ’80s Again

Enjoy the holiday cheer Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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Whatever happened to the kind of crazy-yet-cozy holiday specials that blanketed the early winter airwaves of the 1980s? Unceremoniously killed by infectious ’90s jadedness? Slow fade out at the hands of early-onset millennial ennui? Whatever the reason, nixing the tradition was a huge mistake.

A huge mistake that we’re about to fix.

Announcing IFC’s Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celeb-studded extravaganza in the glorious tradition of yesteryear featuring Bridget Everett, Jo Firestone, Nick Thune, Jen Kirkman, house band The Dap-Kings, and many more. And it’s at Joe’s Pub, everyone’s favorite home away from home in the Big Apple.

The yuletide cheer explodes Wednesday December 21 at 10P. But if you were born after 1989 and have no idea what void this spectacular special is going to fill, sample from this vintage selection of holiday hits:

Andy Williams and The NBC Kids Search For Santa

The quintessential holiday special. Get snuggly and turn off your brain. You won’t need it.

A Muppet Family Christmas

The Fraggles. The Muppets. The Sesame Street gang. Fate. The Jim Henson multiverse merges in this warm and fuzzy Holiday gathering.

Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas

To this day a foolproof antidote to holiday cynicism. It’s cheesy, but a good cheese. In this case an Alpine Gruyère.

Star Wars Holiday Special

Okay, busted. This one was released in 1978. Still totally ’80s though. And yes that’s Bea Arthur.

Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special

Pass the eggnog, and make sure it’s loaded. This special is everything you’d expect it to be and much, much more.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It Ain't Over Yet

A Guide to Coping with the End of Comedy Bang! Bang!

Watch the final episodes tonight at 11 and 11:30P on IFC.

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After five seasons and 110 halved-hour episodes, Scott Aukerman’s hipster comedy opus, Comedy Bang! Bang!, has come to an end. Fridays at 11 and 11:30P will never be the same. We know it can be hard for fans to adjust after the series finale of their favorite TV show. That’s why we’ve prepared this step-by-step guide to managing your grief.

Step One: Cry it out

It’s just natural. We’re sad too.
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Step Two: Read the CB!B! IMDB Trivia Page

The show is over and it feels like you’ve lost a friend. But how well did you really know this friend? Head over to Comedy Bang! Bang!’s IMDB page to find out some things you may not have known…like that it’s “based on a Civil War battle of the same name” or that “Reggie Watts was actually born with the name Theodore Leopold The Third.”

Step Three: Listen to the podcast

One fascinating piece of CB!B! trivia that you might not learn from IMDB is that there’s a podcast that shares the same name as the TV show. It’s even hosted by Scott Aukerman! It’s not exactly like watching the TV show on a Friday night, but that’s only because each episode is released Monday morning. If you close your eyes, the podcast is just like watching the show with your eyes closed!

Step Four: Watch brand new CB!B! clips?!

The best way to cope with the end of Comedy Bang! Bang! is to completely ignore that it’s over — because it’s not. In an unprecedented move, IFC is opening up the bonus CB!B! content vault. There are four brand new, never-before-seen sketches featuring Scott Aukerman, Kid Cudi, and “Weird Al” Yankovic ready for you to view on the IFC App. There’s also one right here, below this paragraph! Watch all four b-b-bonus clips and feel better.

Binge the entire final season, plus exclusive sketches, right now on the IFC app.

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Everybody Sweats Now

The Four-Day Sweatsgiving Weekend On IFC

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This long holiday weekend is your time to gobble gobble gobble and give heartfelt thanks—thanks for the comfort and forgiveness of sweatpants. Because when it comes right down to it, there’s nothing more wholesome and American than stuffing yourself stupid and spending endless hours in front of the TV in your softest of softests.

So get the sweats, grab the remote and join IFC for four perfect days of entertainment.

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It all starts with a 24-hour T-day marathon of Rocky Horror Picture Show, then continues Friday with an all-day binge of Stan Against Evil.

By Saturday, the couch will have molded to your shape. Which is good, because you’ll be nestled in for back-to-back Die Hard and Lethal Weapon.

Finally, come Sunday it’s time to put the sweat back in your sweatpants with The Shining, The Exorcist, The Chronicles of Riddick, Terminator 2, and Blade: Trinity. They totally count as cardio.

As if you need more convincing, here’s Martha Wash and the IFC&C Music Factory to hammer the point home.

The Sweatsgiving Weekend starts Thursday on IFC

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