Ar­rested De­vel­op­ment to re­turn on Net­flix in 2018

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E -

If you’ve been pin­ing for the re­turn of Amer­ica’s favourite dys­func­tional real-es­tate fam­ily, you haven’t made a huge mis­take.

At last, Net­flix has com­pleted long-ges­tat­ing deals for a fifth sea­son of “Ar­rested De­vel­op­ment,” due in 2018, five years af­ter the beloved (but low-rated) for­mer Fox se­ries was re­vived. The en­tire cast will be back, in­clud­ing Ja­son Bate­man, Michael Cera, Jef­frey Tam­bor, Jes­sica Wal­ter, Will Ar­nett, Tony Hale, Por­tia de Rossi, David Cross and Alia Shawkat. And Ron Howard, whose Imag­ine En­ter­tain­ment pro­duces the se­ries, will again serve as nar­ra­tor. The se­ries will be­gin pro­duc­tion on 15 new episodes in July.

“In talks with Net­flix, we all felt that sto­ries about a nar­cis­sis­tic, er­rat­i­cally be­hav­ing fam­ily in the build­ing busi­ness — and their des­per­ate abuses of power — are re­ally un­der-rep­re­sented on TV these days,” said se­ries cre­ator Mitchell Hur­witz, in a state­ment. “I am so grate­ful to them and to (stu­dio) 20th TV for mak­ing this dream of mine come true in bring­ing the Bluths, Ge­orge Sr., Lu­cille and the kids; Michael, Ivanka, Don Jr., Eric, Ge­orge-Michael, and who am I for­get­ting, oh Tif­fany. Did I say Tif­fany? — back to the glo­ri­ous stream of life.”

The re­turn was al­ways a mat­ter of when, not if, as Net­flix chief con­tent of­fi­cer Ted Saran­dos has long promised to re­visit one of his favourite se­ries. And un­like the fourth sea­son, jerry-rigged to ac­com­mo­date stars’ sched­ules by as­sem­bling footage of cast mem­bers shot separately — the full cast filmed to­gether for only one day — this time there will be a more seam­less re­union of the Bluth clan.

“Ar­rested De­vel­op­ment brings us struc­tures, out­er­wear and chore­og­ra­phy like no other com­edy in his­tory,” said Saran­dos. “Sea­son 4 marked the first foray by Net­flix into orig­i­nal com­edy pro­gram­ming and this time, the Bluths will col­lec­tively be spend­ing more qual­ity time with their mil­lions of fans around the world.”

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Will Ar­nett, left, and Ja­son Bate­man in a scene from “Ar­rested De­vel­op­ment,” which re­turns to Net­flix in 2018.

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