Netflix has officially closed a deal where they will exclusively air new episodes of Arrested Development as early as 2013! Yes, Arrested Development, one of the funniest sitcoms of all time, will be back with new episodes leading up to a feature film. It's hard to believe that this is actually happening, but it is, and it's happening fast!
It was previously reported that there will be a 10-episode fourth season, and after that we will get the feature film. Each episode of the new series will focus on a specific character and what they have been doing the last five years, but will include crossovers with other characters. For example "Buster (Tony Hale) would go to therapy and his therapist (or should I say analrapist?) would be Tobias Fünke (David Cross). The series would lead up to a point where the film begins on all our major characters converging." Producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard had this to say in a statement,
Of all the projects we’ve been involved with over the years, we probably get more questions about Mitch Hurtwitz’s brilliant ‘Arrested Development’ than any other– everyone, ourselves included, seems to feel like the Bluths left the party a bit too soon. Bringing a series back from cancellation almost never happens, but then, ‘Arrested’ always was about as unconventional as they get, so it seems totally appropriate that this show that broke the mold is smashing it to pieces once again.
I'm super excited about all this! Arrested Development is one of the best sitcoms ever to grace television. It is seriously one of the most influential TV series ever, and the fact that it is coming back to TV like this proves how great of a series it is.
As you know Netflix has been hurting after its restructuring and price changes, but this might help it win some subscribers back. At least when the series starts running in 2013. How do you feel about the show returning exclusively to Netflix?