Netflix To Have New Season of ‘Arrested Development’ in Exclusive Deal

The media-streaming provider has signed an exclusive deal to resurrect comedy series “Arrested Development.”

Netflix is licensing new episodes of the TV series "Arrested Development" from 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Television. Photo: 20th Century Fox

About a month ago, it was announced at the New York Film Festival that “Arrested Development” was to return for an absolutely new season as a lead in to the long awaited movie.

Quite a lot of details are still unclear at the times, but it was officially confirmed that the show is returning in 2013, and Netflix will be airing it.

After the cast and creators announcing with great fanfare that “Arrested Development” would be coming back for a fourth season and a movie, Netflix and Showtime quickly became the two networks.

“For the first time in their histories, Twentieth Century Fox Television and Imagine Television will produce original first-run entertainment content for the world’s leading internet subscription service, bringing back the acclaimed series to production on all new episodes five years after its cancellation,” was written in Netflix’s press release.

“Netflix’s bold entrance into original programming presents an exciting new opportunity for our two companies,” Fox Filmed Entertainment’s President Peter Levinsohn said in the release.

“Bringing a classic show back to production on new episodes exclusively for Netflix customers is a game changer, and illustrates the incredible potential the new digital landscape affords great content providers like Twentieth Century Fox Television and Imagine.”

Last month when the fourth season was first announced, Mitch Hurwitz, the creator of the television sitcom Arrested Development, had a pretty clear idea of what the structure for the new episodes would be.

 “We’re basically hoping to do nine or 10 episodes with almost one character per episode, where like the first episode will just be Buster,” he said.

He continued: “We’re kinda picturing it like, um, well the latest joke we have is that, you know, it’s Cambridge, Massachusetts and there’s all these scientists in lab coats and they’re waiting for somebody and Buster comes through the door wearing a lab quote and says `Let’s begin,’ and they say, `You don’t get to wear the lab coat, we’re experimenting on you.”

“And then we go through his life and we meet the people in his life and maybe he goes to see his therapist who he’s getting a good rate on because it’s Tobias and he’s lost his license.”

“We can do cross overs and things like that. But it’s an unusual style of show I think and we get him to a certain point of peril in his life and then maybe we jump over to like Maeby and she’s living with Cornel West…We’ll do this kind of thing that builds the peril in their lives until they all come together, really, in the first scene of the movie,” he added.

This play is a good one, as it makes scheduling about a zillion times easier rather than trying to corral the increasingly busy cast. It’s expected to provide the lead-in for the much-rumored movie, but it’s still a free-answer question.

During last month, a half of a script was only done and it needed financing so it could still be a bit of a ways off. However, a fourth season is good try to see if interest in the comedy series is a fans-only affair or something that has broadened in the pop culture sphere. [Via Huff Post and Indiewire]

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