Arrested Development fans clamored to have the Bluths back for years following its cancellation. Finally, Netflix came along and rescued the series, debuting all 15 episodes of the long-desired season 4 in one fell swoop during spring 2013 (read our review).
Since then, we've learned that Netflix is very interested in another go-round with creator Mitch Hurwitz and company and that production on season 5 really came down to timing. After all, the show has an expansive cast of busy performers, and reports have claimed that the new season would restore the original ensemble format of the show (as opposed to season 4's character-focused episode structure).
No one can't blame Adam Carolla for taking the opportunity during a recent episode of his popular podcast, The Adam Carolla Show, to ask producer Brian Grazer about the status of Arrested Development season 5. Here's what Grazer had to say (via Slashfilm):
"Well, I had a conversation with Fox today, this morning. Netflix is determined to do more episodes, so we’re gonna do more episodes. We’re going to do it [at] the turn of the year. January, February we’re gonna start it… Mitch Hurwitz, who I just called while I was sitting out there in your beautiful waiting room… I made the call to Mitch to say everybody’s into it.
The plan would then be to debut season 5 on Netflix mid-year, meaning fans could have an entire batch (17 episodes, according to recent reports) of Arrested Development in their queue by Summer 2016. Hurwitz has previously said that he was writing a much-discussed film based on the show, which would be released prior to season 5. Judging by Grazer's comments, it sounds like the scheduling issue has been worked out, allowing the cast to reunite properly for another full season.
Another season of Arrested Development is a no-brainer for both fans and Netflix, especially as the streaming service plans to significantly boost the amount of original content it releases each year. Even as the debate over how binge-watching is affecting the storytelling process rages on, there seems to be no stopping Netflix from continuing to build its library - and with hit shows like House of Cards and Marvel's Daredevil, Arrested Development will definitely have plenty of company on Netflix's newly designed website.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for further updates on Arrested Development season 5, which still does not have an official release date.
Source: The Adam Carolla Show