New Episodes of ‘Arrested Development’ to Air on Netflix in 2013

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 8:47 pm,

New Arrested Develpment to Air on Netflix in 2013 New Episodes of Arrested Development to Air on Netflix in 2013

After the cast and creator of Arrested Development appeared at an instantly sold out New Yorker event to announce plans for a new TV series in the lead up to a feature film, there were still some in the world who doubted those plans would ever come to fruition.

Well, doubt no longer, people, because it was just announced that new episodes of Arrested Development will premiere exclusively on Netflix instant streaming in early 2013 – ten years after the very first episode aired on Fox.

You can check out the entire press release at Netflix’s website.

The announcement comes after months and months of terrible PR on the part of Netflix: first, when they changed (and in some cases, upped) the prices of their various service plans; second, when they divided their instant streaming and DVD services into two entities (the former called Netflix, the latter called Qwikster, both of which would be totally separate services that would require separate user accounts); and third, when they realized how stupid that idea was and scrapped Qwikster altogether just three weeks later.

Gob Bluth and Franklin Bluth in Arrested Development New Episodes of Arrested Development to Air on Netflix in 2013

Needless to say, acquiring Arrested Development is the smartest move the company has made in quite some time. Now, when the company comes up in conversation, instead of hearing “Wasn’t that whole Qwikster debacle just hilariously stupid?,” you’ll hear, “As hilariously stupid as that whole Qwikster debacle was, at least Netflix has new episodes of Arrested Development.”

Previously, the company acquired the exclusive rights to a show House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey as an ambitious politician. While that could be a boon for the show, especially if it turns out to be of excellent quality, it’s unlikely to attract new users in the way that new episodes of Arrested Development will.

Indeed, as a die-hard Arrested Development fanatic, this particular Screen Rant writer will be purchasing the Netflix instant streaming service for at least the duration of the series.

Producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard – who doubles as the show’s narrator – said of the new show:

“Of all the projects we’ve been involved with over the years, we probably get more questions about Mitch Hurtwitz’s brilliant Arrested Development than any other– everyone, ourselves included, seems to feel like the Bluths left the party a bit too soon. Bringing a series back from cancellation almost never happens, but then, Arrested always was about as unconventional as they get, so it seems totally appropriate that this show that broke the mold is smashing it to pieces once again.”

Howard added:

“After a long hiatus, I’m dying to finally get back to the narrator’s microphone…’It’s Arrested…Development.’”

Ron Howard also posted a picture of the announcement on his Twitter account, while star Jason Bateman tweeted his unbridled happiness. Check the tweets out below:

Ron Howard Tweets Arrested Development on Netflix New Episodes of Arrested Development to Air on Netflix in 2013

Jason Batemen Tweets Netflix Arrested Development Announcement New Episodes of Arrested Development to Air on Netflix in 2013

Variety cautions that, while the entire cast has expressed interest in returning to perhaps their most beloved roles, no deals have thus far been officially made. After all, Will Arnett is currently on NBC’s Up All Night, which has so far been successful, and Portia de Rossi will be starring in an as-yet-untitled NBC pilot for next fall.

Then again, if an official announcement has been made regarding a TV series and the entire cast was on a high profile panel where each member said, in no uncertain terms, that they were committed to making the new episodes (as well as the film), one assumes that all that’s left to do is figure out how much money everyone’s going to get. (Which, admittedly, can sometimes be the hardest part.)

Still, Mitch Hurwitz, Brian Grazer, and Ron Howard all seem pretty confident, so count me in as not being too worried about it.

The Arrested Development film – which may or may not be in active-development, according to two separate sources – will likely be developed in conjunction with the new series (considering said series is being designed as backstory for the forthcoming film). When we have more news on that, we’ll let you know.

What’s your take on the news, Screen Ranters? Will new Arrested Development episodes on Netflix motivate you to sign up for their instant streaming service? Let us know in the comments.


Follow me on Twitter @benandrewmoore.

Arrested Development will air on Netflix in 2013.

Sources: Netflix, Variety

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  1. What is instant streaming anyhow? Never heard of it but must get it to watch Arrested Development, my favorite!!!! It may take me until 2013 to figure out the technology but I’ll do it for the Bluths.

    • It’s called a PS3 and XBOX 360. Get one!

      • a computer works too. A smartphone. A Kindle Fire. Wii. Its pretty easy to figure out.

    • It’s not much different than going on youtube. You go on the website, find what you want to watch, and then click it with the mouse.

  2. Yes!

  3. Cool! Sign me up for Netflix, please.

  4. Im so happy I just blue myself.

    • don’t you mean you “bluthed” yourself?

      • I was laughing at Eddie’s comment and then Boombaby ruined it.

  5. Currently on disc 3 of season 2 re watching all of the episodes.
    Has me in stitches all the way through.

    I’m probably most interested in seeing what has happened to Maeby & George-Michael, whether or not they fell into the adult Bluth fold or managed to break free!


  7. Gosh… Glad to see the new upcoming episodes….


  9. I’m excited about this- I know I’m late to this party, but I just wanted to day that I haven’t had cable in about 3 years and I don’t miss it one bit. Netflix has a ton of stuff and now Arrested Development? Smart company, they’ll double their worth with this one property.

  10. I don’t think this was a very fair analysis of Netflix. It is true that there were a lot of people upset about the Qwikster debacle, but original programming actually debuted months ago on Netflix with the wildly popular release of Lilyhammer with Steven van Zandt, which you did not even mention. I have felt that Netflix has been moving in the right direction for a while. We get all the benefits of Netflix streaming that many of us have become addicted to, and we get original programming that is every bit as good as Showtime and HBO. I couldn’t be happier to be sending Netflix my $8/month frankly.

    And yes, I cannot wait for Arrested Development season four. So many people discovered Arrested Development on Netflix. It is only just right that they get to carry the next season of it. I wish they would do the same thing with The Riches.

    • I think calling Lilyhammer “wildly popular” is probably being a bit generous, but you do realize this article was written well before that show was released on Netflix? I’m a huge fan of Netflix, too, but when I wrote what I wrote, it had gone through several serious PR debacles and its stock had plummeted. Over a year later, you’re right, they’re not in the exact place they were then.

  11. I have always had the streaming plan, but recently moved to a property that requires satellite Internet and doesn’t allow for streaming (both because it is too slow and because they limit monthly up/download data). Does anyone know if the new episodes will eventually be available on discs?!

  12. What an outstanding cast of characters and should I have known Ron Howard had a hand in this show my eldest son turned me on to this show love the humor in it just great thank-you Ryan