With it sounding like the price of Netflix is going to increase, it’s great news that there’s always money in the banana stand! It’s been officially announced today that Arrested Development will return for a fifth season on Netflix.
Here’s Deadline with all of the pertinent details.
The Season 5 pickup comes on the heels of star Jason Bateman announcing on Twitter that he had closed a deal to return to the Imagine TV/20th TV-produced series. The entire series regular cast of the Emmy-winning series including Bateman, Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi, David Cross and Alia Shawkat — as well as creator/executive producer Mitch Hurwitz who has a deal at Netflix — have signed on for a fifth season, which will premiere on Netflix in 2018.
“In talks with Netflix we all felt that that stories about a narcissistic, erratically behaving family in the building business — and their desperate abuses of power — are really underrepresented on TV these days,” said Hurwitz. “I am so grateful to them and to 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.”
That’s awesome that the whole cast is coming back, especially given how damn popular some of those actors have gotten since Arrested Development’s initial run. The critically acclaimed sitcom’s first three seasons aired on FOX from 2003-2006, and the fourth season of Arrested Development was released on Netflix in 2013.
It’s clear that it’s taken awhile for the fifth season to get confirmed, but I guess good things really do come to those who wait. Let’s get pumped up for Arrested Development’s return with a few classic clips.