It's been a little more than a year since Netflix entered the original programming fray, and about that long since it was announced that they would bring Arrested Development back. Yet, despite the critical success of House of Cards and the buzz surrounding Hemlock Grove, it's always felt like Netflix's real born-on date as a "network" would be the day that Arrested returned... and we now know when that is, exactly.
Arrested Development season 4 will premiere at 12:01am on May 26th with all 15 episodes instantly available for streaming on Netflix. Creator Mitch Hurwitz and stars Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Jeffrey Tambor, David Cross and Jessica Walter will return - though the full cast won't all appear in every episode, a concession that made this whole thing possible with regards to scheduling.
So, why May 26th? Well, with the unofficial end of the network fall TV season, there will surely be less white noise and fewer distractions in place to keep viewers and potential subscribers busy - but the Emmy awards are also a consideration, according to THR:
A May launch date qualifies the series for Emmy consideration, and Netflix is expected to push it in the comedy series category.
Nothing trumpets the arrival of a new force in "television" like major awards success, and with the uncommon critical praise heaped upon Arrested Development during it's initial 3 season run on FOX, Netflix may get rewarded for such a push, potentially topping this incredible resurrection story with the series' second Best Comedy Emmy (they won in 2004, their debut season).
Sadly, though, they may only get one chance at such success, since Netflix CEO Reed Hastings previously indicated that he didn't "anticipate" future seasons, though his comments were undercut by another Netflix source shortly thereafter.
Whether or not Arrested Development returns isn't the issue right now, though. The countdown for more Arrested has begun and we're only about 7 weeks away from more Gob, Buster, and the rest. And anyway, if it doesn't work out, there's always the possibility of a movie.
Arrested Development season 4 premieres May 26th on Netflix.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter