The answer is likely to be yes, and co-creators Mitch Hurwitz, Jim Vallely and Will Arnett embrace the comparisons. Yet, they know “Wilde” is a different beast, creatively speaking.
“We loved doing ‘Arrested Development,’ miss it and want to do the movie still. (The script is halfway complete.) This has a different set of rules to it, though. There’s a real peril in trying to repeat yourself and apply rules that apply to something else.”
Later in the TCA sesh, he added: “I’m very grateful to Fox and 20th (the show’s studio) for letting us do it for three years, but we couldn’t now do a show that took as many risks right off the bat.”
Based on the pilot, “Running Wilde” is a pale comparison to “Arrested,” and the guys seem to be quite aware. They’re learning how to tweak their new characters, and casting has been in flux.
Robert Michael Morris of former Lisa Kudrow series “The Comeback” has been added as a “manny,” who takes care of Arnett’s spoiled character, Steven Wilde, who is trying to reunite a romance with Keri Russell.
“Hoepfully the show will be very funny. It’s different,” Hurwitz added. “There’s a burden associated with ‘Arrested Development’ that is a high-class problelm. We’re glad to do something that appeals to a wider audience. If we can make that move, more of our subversion will come out.”