Arrested Development fans probably read that headline and blue themselves thinking that Netflix has just made a huge mistake, but it seems that, for the record, the online streaming content site will only get one new season out of the resurrected former Fox comedy series despite the ratings or popularity when the new season bows in May.
According to Wall Street Journal, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is calling the upcoming fourth season of Arrested Development a “one-off” that came about under “non-repeatable” circumstances. Those “circumstances” is undoubtedly the tricky scheduling of all the various, busy cast members of the show, which is one of the reasons that only a couple of episodes of the new season will feature the cast in its entirety (only Jason Bateman will be in every episode).
Originally, Arrested creator Mitch Hurwitz suggested that there might more more than one season, but he also once suggested that the Netflix season would lead into that long awaited Arrested Development movie, but I’m guess he’s been focused on season 4 lately, which prevents Hurwitz from hyping up a movie that
will probably may never happen.
Still, it’s a ballsy movie to say there will only be one season. What do you Bastards think? Want your season 5, or would that be too much of a good thing?
The news for Arrested Development fans just keeps getting better. Netflix first announced that the series episode count had been raised from ten to twelve. Now they’re saying that the episode count will increase from twelve to something in the twelve to fifteen range.
According to Deadline, creator and show runner Mitch Hurwitz has new ideas and plenty of good material already shot to combine with the upcoming January shooting schedule. None of the additional material will effect the planned premiere date in the spring of 2013.
I guess there’s always new episodes in the Banana Stand.
The ENTIRE set of episodes for the new season will be put on Netflix in one big dump. There’s gonna be a lot of Arrested Development fans calling in sick or falling asleep at work the next day.
The show stars (In Alphabetical order) Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, David Cross, Portia de Rossi, Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat, Jeffrey Tambor, and Jessica Walter. Ron Howard narrates as well as serving as an executive producer on the show.
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?
Arrested Development was one of those shows that was just too good to continue living on the air (much like Joss Whedon‘s epic sci-fi series, Firefly).
The creator of Arrested Development, Mitch Hurwitz penned an article in The Guardian today which explains, point by point, how to get a series canceled.
It’s a fun little read, and I’m glad that he has a sense of humor about the whole thing.
Below the jump are just a sample of the goodness contained within the article. Be sure to read the whole piece in The Guardian when you have a chance.