Erin Strecker
July 11, 2012 AT 04:34 PM EDT

Taste the happy!

Last fall, it was announced that Arrested Development would be bringing back the whole cast to make new episodes for Netflix, premiering in 2013. As every fan of the show knows, we’ve been teased with more banana stand goodness since the moment the show went off the air in 2006.

But we now have another step in the right direction: Ron Howard tweeted a photo last night that shows someone (presumably showrunner Mitch Hurwitz) in the writers’ room, along with the message “Arrested Development for Netflix. IT’S ALIVE. This is what the writer’s room looks like.”

Jason Bateman also gave an update on Twitter, writing, “Taken at AD mission control, today! All systems are go. Filming for the new episodes starts in four weeks. Woo!” along with a photo.

No specific release date has been announced, but it’s looking like —  finally — the wait is almost over. And, since it’s actually happening, a plea to the writers:  It certainly would be easy to, but please don’t forget about Ann.

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