As if getting a fourth season of Arrested Development wasn’t enough of a gift to the show’s obsessed fans, show creator Mitch Hurwitz and Netflix (where the show will exclusively live in the Spring of 2013) are offering said fans a chance to win a walk-on role. Sure, it’s all part of a massive and massively intelligent viral marketing campaign, but if you can just drop the cynicism for one minute, you’ll come to realize that you — yes you! — can very well be chosen to act alongside Jason Bateman or Will Arnett or David Cross or Michael Cera or Portia de Rossi or…you get the point.
But they’re not just picking people at random. You’re going to have to work if you want to rub elbows with the Bluths. Here’s the deal: Six walk-on roles (they will pay for your flight to Los Angeles!) will be given to fans who create (and distribute via social media) a piece of original artwork inspired by Arrested Development— photos, videos (less than two minutes!), drawings, paintings, sculptures are all fair game. The winners will be chosen — based on “creativity, distinctiveness and relevance to the show” — by the cast and producers of Arrested Development. All entrants are encouraged to post their works of art to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr, using the hashtag #BluthWalkOn. You can also enter at youregonnagetsomewalkons.com. Whichever way you enter, be sure you do it soon; the contest ends on Oct. 16!
So, get to it! Oh, and here’s Cera making the announcement…sort of.