Production on acclaimed comedy Arrested Development has been temporarily halted, while star Jason Bateman recovers from throat surgery.

The 36-year-old actor underwent surgery this morning (01NOV05) to remove a benign polyp.

Bateman's spokesperson, CARA TRIPICCHIO, says the operation went smoothly and the screen star is doing well.

Production on Arrested Development will be on hiatus for a few weeks while Bateman recovers, according to executive producer MITCH HURWITZ.