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