More ‘Arrested Development’ Coming to Netflix; Original Format to Return

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Arrested Development Cast More Arrested Development Coming to Netflix; Original Format to Return

Netflix’s resurrection of the beloved but short-lived Arrested Development helped cement it’s emerging pre-eminence in original online content. The news of a new season was so over-hyped that when the entire season 4 was finally made available, some critics were underwhelmed and kind of perplexed. The show’s fourth season turned out to be a departure from what came before, with each episode focusing mainly on one character at a time and overlapping in a way that only made sense once you’d watched them all… and then re-watched them.

Despite the mixed response from a vocal minority, creator Mitch Hurwitz wanted to do a season 5. Netflix seemed interested, with CEO Reed Hastings saying it was up to the “talent.” Now we have a confirmation from Hurwitz that it’s “definitely” happening… either as a series or a movie.

Chortle reports that during a Q&A with Hurwitz and Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal, Hurwitz was asked whether or not we’d be seeing another season. “Definitely,” he stated. Then he turned to Sarandos and said, “I don’t want to get into a whole negotiation right now… but I’ve got a family to feed.” 

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Hurwitz went on:

“I keep thinking about it, and why don’t we do the movie version of this and then do the series, because this series kinda peaks with the story?

“I kinda go back and forth between that and a series. But here’s the most important thing, whatever we do, I want to get the cast all together and not do another anthology thing, and that’s why I keep thinking about kicking off with a special or a three-part show and then going into a series.”

Hurwitz then turned to Sarandos and asked, “Are you game for that?” Sarandos responded, “Absolutely. In any form.”  While a movie had been talked about prior to season 4, it was pushed back in favor of an anthology series that could catch everyone up on the lives of the Bluths. According to Hurwitz, he would discuss the movie idea with Jeffrey Tambor, who plays Bluth family patriarch George Sr. and his twin brother Oscar:

“We would see each other and talk about it, and then it would end up in the press with him saying ‘We’re doing it!’, but we didn’t have have a deal, we [didn’t] own the property – 20th Century Fox [owned] the property – and there were a lot of things to get in place.”

“And also part of it was us stalling a little bit, too, waiting to see if the right idea came to us. And I think it has. We have it basically, we have the next step.”

Netflix does not release audience values, but it’s safe to presume that no one would be publicly discussing moving forward with a new season if the show had not successfully drawn enough viewers.

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The recent Emmy nominations for Arrested Development (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Musical Composition for a Series), along with fellow originals House of Cards (nine) and Hemlock Grove (two) have suddenly changed the entire idea of what “television” is, in ways that are not entirely clear just yet.

Netflix’s success in this arena will likely re-ignite cries for the company to bring back other beloved series. There have been reports that they have negotiated with the creators of the fascinating, short-lived Jericho, but nothing has come of it.

Still, we’re getting more Arrested Development, and that’s a good thing. Expect more news on the streaming front as details emerge.


All four seasons of Arrested Development are streaming on Netflix.

Source: Chortle

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  1. I’m glad the original format is coming back. The new one was way too convoluted.

    • Agreed.

      • It does require a second watch before it all falls into place, but it’s worth it.

        The only bit I didn’t like was the Movie concept and Ron Howard being in it as himself.

  2. ^^^^^^^^ What that means?… :'( ^^^^^^^^

  3. Movie, pls?

  4. I’m really pleased that any future series will be shot in the “traditional” format. If Netflix could snap up “Happy Endings” then I would be doubly happy.

  5. Active Development

  6. While I was one of those disappointed in the latest season on Netflix, I’m still willing to see what they can do with another season sticking to the more traditional format. Really, I want to see this fine series bounce back after the way season four ended.

  7. Personally I loved the new format, thought it was equally as funny as the show has ever been. I’ll take more AD any way I can get it though.

  8. Great! More arrested!! I was a fan of season 4 even though it wasn’t nearly as entertaining as the first 3 seasons.

  9. You know what? Let’s do season 5, because that way we have it.

    • +1000 hahaha loved that part

  10. I’m scared… I don’t know what’s going on, just cut me in :'(

  11. really ? Ithink tha ts a good thing

  12. I couldn’t follow season 4 at all, but it was still fun. I just didn’t like the ending. It was just like…. ok. that’s it. It didn’t really feel like an end in any way. It was weak. But I’m looking forward to some more, and looking forward to seeing it without the one character at a time gimmick.

  13. They should do a new season of Veronica Mars next!

    • If I’m not mistaken I think the VM movie is supposed to “wrap” things up. A new season would be unwise in my opinion.

  14. I’m happy to see the old format coming back. While I did like season 4, it didn’t seem to fit in with the rest of the series for me. I’m hoping for a 5th season instead of a movie. If they were to do a movie, it would be better (or at least more fun) to see it as a theatrical release.

  15. I’m as excited for S5 of AD as I was to see Star Wars ep 2 after the series was destroyed by Phantom Menace

  16. Yes! AD is best with the original format. Not sure why they didn’t just go with it for season 4

    • From what I understand, a major factor in the decision to go with the different format was scheduling issues. Most of the actors were involved in other major projects at the time. Since Hurwitz couldn’t get all of the actors together for long enough to film a full season, he went with focusing on one character per episode.

      Hopefully they can get all that worked out so season 5 can have the full ensemble thing going. The Bluths just aren’t at their best when they’re separated.

  17. “Netflix’s success in this arena will likely re-ignite cries for the company to bring back other beloved series.”

    bring back Better Off Ted

    and continue My Name Is Earl. At least have him finish his list!!!

    • OH Yes Better of Ted that would be awesome too!

      • Agree. Better Off Ted needs to be revived. Portia De Rossi could just live at the Netflix studios.

    • Agree with you on MNIE.

      Even a movie would be great, just to finish things up.

  18. Awesome! Cant wait! didnt really like the format for season 4.

    Would be nice if Netflix could bring back Firefly!

  19. Netflix should pick up Futurama for an eighth season.

    • Only if they get new writers.

      I tried to be positive over Futurama, but it’s gone from bad to worse this year. The Scooby-do parody was a new low for the show.

  20. Best news ever!

  21. Super excited 😀 😀 😀

    I hope we get a 5th season instead of a movie, while a movie concept sounds cool, I really think that another season would be much more entertaining, even more so now that they are going to the old format