The upcoming firth season of the Netflix show “Arrested Development” will take on President Donald Trump and “the alarming parallels between the Trumps and the Bluths,” The Daily Beast reports.
“None of that is lost on [creator] Mitch Hurwitz. He’s aware of all of that stuff,” series star Jason Bateman told The Beast. “And he and his writing staff have been in a cave for the last two or three months crafting these episodes, and they’re going to lean into a lot of that [Trump] stuff for sure. They can’t wait.”
When told of the internet referring to Donald Trump, Jr as GOB Bluth, Bateman quickly realized the implications for his character.
“Really? They’re calling Don Jr. Gob?” he asked The Beast, laughing hysterically. “That’s so funny. Wait…does that make me Eric?”
Commentators have also made comparison’s between Lindsay Bluth Fünke (played by Portial de Rossi) and Ivanka Trump.
“The show’s original run offers catharsis in a world so thick with b*llshit that a person can practically feel it blocking one’s pores,” Erin Gloria Ryan wrote in May. “Arrested Development is so applicable to Trump’s White House that it feels supernatural.”
The comparisons between the Trump and Bluth worlds are striking.
“Kellyanne Conway is Maggie Lizer, the fast-talking lawyer who lies as brazenly as any true Bluth. Melania is Starla, the Business Model with a sad and mysterious past (and rabies). Tiffany, whom everybody forgets about, is the Ann (Her?), the teenage girlfriend of George Michael whom the characters routinely forget about,” Ryan explained. “Sean Spicer is the Barry Zuckercorn, the family’s sh*tty lawyer. Jared thinks he’s the Michael, the hero, but he’s really the George Michael, the awkward teen with the recessed chin.”
The parallels aren’t just the characters, but the plot.
“The Bluths, like the Trumps, earned their money as land developers and personal brand shills, slapping their name on everything from housing developments to products that don’t actually work. The Bluths have The Cornballer, The Donald has Trump University. The Bluths have Lindsay’s Bee business, the Trump’s have Ivanka’s tacky QVC jewelry,” Ryan continued. “The Bluths, like the Trumps, have been involved in shady land deals with countries that are maybe-not-OK to deal with, legally or ethically.”
— Eric Hoover (@EricDHoover) July 11, 2017