Big, big news! The Bluths are back. Announced last night, Netflix has struck a deal with 20th Century Fox and Imagine television to revive the critically acclaimed sitcom on their streaming service. New episodes will begin airing in 2013.
There has been so much buzz on the if, the when, the where and the how of Arrested Development‘s return it’s a relief to finally hear some good news. Show creator, Mitch Hurwitz had announced earlier this year at New Yorker Festival he was interested in reuniting the show’s stars for another go, either on the big or small screen. Now it seems we’ll be able to watch the Bluths on just about any screen! Well, any screen attached to a Netflix-ready device.
Chief content officer for Netflix, Ted Sarandos said,
Arrested Development is one of the finest American comedies in TV history and its return through Netflix is a perfect example of how we are working closely with studios and networks to provide consumers with entertainment they love.
For Netflix this is terribly impressive feather in their cap. The DVD-by-mail/instant streaming company has definitely had its ups and downs this year. Okay, particularly the downs what with the the outrage over their price increase and their dalliance with splitting their services and creating the unfortunately named, Qwikster. Their new venture into original programming seems to be paying off, in addition to new Arrested Development Netflix will also be premiering a 22-episode adaptation of the BBC drama House of Cards next year. House of Cards has Kevin Spacey attached to star and David Fincher listed as executive producer.
Looks like everything’s coming up Milhouse…uhh…I mean, Netflix.
Pumped for the return of Arrested Development? What do you think about it coming exclusively to Netflix? Should the TV networks and cable companies begin to worry?
At my house we’ve already ditched cable and rely solely on Netlix Instant and Hulu for our television entertainment needs. What are your thoughts on the future of TV, is instant, streamable content the way of the future?