Wait, Netflix IS Planning to Produce More Seasons of ‘Arrested Development’?

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Netflix Wants More Episodes of Arrested Development Wait, Netflix IS Planning to Produce More Seasons of Arrested Development?

Arrested Development fans are no doubt counting down the days to the season 4 premiere on Netflix in May. It’s hard not to get excited when there’s season 4 news pretty much every other day, including a multitude of announcements pertaining to returning guest stars (e.g., Ben Stiller as Tony Wonder) and the casting of Kristen Wiig as a young Lucille Bluth.

Alas, it’s not all good news these days. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings recently told investors that the company “[didn't] anticipate being able to do seasons five, six, seven” of AD due to the difficulty in getting the very popular cast together for an extended period of time. But wait a second! According to an altogether different Netflix source, the company IS hoping to produce more seasons of Arrested Development after season 4.

As reported by Hit Fix, while Hastings’ comments were more or less correct, there’s much more to the story. Yes, the difficulty in getting the cast together means additional seasons won’t exactly be an easy feat to accomplish – in fact, much of the acting from the stars of season 4 was done on their days off from their regular jobs – but that doesn’t mean that Netflix isn’t hoping to do just that regardless. According to the Netflix source:

“We’re hopeful there will be more seasons. If anyone can pull it together, it’s going to be Ted [Sarandos]. But by no means is this the end of it. We’re definitely planning to do more with them. We have first rights, so it’s not like you’d see it anywhere else. We’re absolutely hopeful there will be more.”

Ted Sarandos, of course, is Netflix’s Chief Content Officer and the man who has actively been working with Mitch Hurwitz and the Arrested Development crew. Apparently, Ted – who we can assume has the most involvement in the continuation of AD at Netflix – is not of the opinion that season 4 is a “one-off,” “non-repeatable” event, and he’s very much hoping and planning to bring additional seasons to Netflix instant streaming.

Frankly, in retrospect, it seems that Reed Hastings’ statement was just another in a long line of gaffes from the very gaffe-prone CEO (let us all take a moment to remember the dearly departed Qwikster, which *sniff, sniff* never even had a chance to live). Not that additional Arrested Development seasons won’t be difficult to bring to fruition – perhaps they will! – but it’s obvious that many who work at Netflix would’ve preferred that those words hadn’t been uttered before season 4′s debut (and to investors, no less).

Gob Bluth Has Never Admitted to a Mistake Wait, Netflix IS Planning to Produce More Seasons of Arrested Development?

Furthermore, Hastings made it seem as though the hassle of making more Arrested Development was just too annoying for the company to attempt the process all over again, when clearly – according to this Netflix source, anyway – that isn’t the case.

I wouldn’t presume to know if Arrested Development has much of a shot at getting more seasons, but I think it’s safe to say that if season 4 is incredibly successful, there’s little doubt that we’ll get more Arrested Development – if not on “television,” then at a movie theater near you. After all, season 4 is merely the first act of a three-act story that the movie (or whatever) is supposed to finish.

What say you, Screen Ranters? Would you prefer more episodes of Arrested Development, a major motion picture, both, or neither? Let us know in the comments.

Arrested Development season 4 premieres (in its entirety) on Netflix in May.


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Source: Hit Fix

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  1. As long as it doesn’t go down in quality, which a lot of shows struggle with the longer they go on, I’ll be a very happy fan. And I’m all for a movie and more episodes. If nothing comes after season 4 though, I’ll still be happy because I got to see more of one of my favorite shows ever.

  2. Good News Everybody! Wait…that’s another FOX show that was revived by fans.

    • Let’s hope AD is at a higher quality than that “other” show when it comes back to us. Not saying Futurama is bad now, but it’s not what it was either.

    • There is one more FOX show we need to revive. We need to revive Firefly this time around!

      • But it kind of already was revived as Serenity.

    • Yes, but it was cancelled by the lack of fans.

  3. What is wrong with the Netflix CEO? Wow dumb gaffe.

  4. They would have made a huge mistake if they didn’t, unless the quality would have gone down.

  5. I will take any and all incarnations as long as the writers and cast remain the same. Hell I would watch a cartoon if they included the whole cast, and the writers stayed on, oh and we really need Ron Howard to narrate.

    • They tried that with Napoleon Dynamite, Clerks, and Friday. Granted they were movies. But I don’t think they’ve ever made a successful animated series, not aimed directly at kids, from a live action source.

      • The Clerks animated series is a cult classic…

  6. I want infinite episodes of Arrested Development!!!

    • Hells yeah!

  7. I just blue myself

  8. “What say you, Screen Ranters? Would you prefer more episodes of Arrested Development, a major motion picture, both, or neither?”

    I think we’d prefer that Reed Hastings stop speaking at this point.

  9. call my attorney bob loblaw

  10. What does Reed Hastings know anyway? He almost flushed Netflix down the toilet a few years ago. I still don’t think they’ve fully recovered.

  11. Yes more episodes please! This has to be the smartest and funniest show ever made.heck I want a motion picture as well. Save the Bluths!!!

  12. I’m really hoping they make more seasons, I’m hooked. I never thought I’d actually like it, but I absolutely love this show.

  13. AD is now the main reason I watch Netflix. I’m going crazy waiting for the next season of AD! I’m so happy you did’t let one of the best shows ever die! Please keep the show going!

  14. All I want is to the show to continue so I can see how it ends right now the end to season four was George punching his dad in the face cause they were both dating rebel I’d like to know more of ways going to happen so I say MORE EPISODES a movie can be like the thing you do when u finish with the episodes us fans all we want is to know what’s going to happen next so please make some more episodes and stop making us wait like 3 years actually 2 but nonetheless make up your mind