Netflix today announced series creator Mitchell Hurwitz and the entire regular cast of Arrested Development are to return for further episodes.
The Arrested Development cast at the UK launch of series four for Netflix in 2013.
“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. 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.” – series creator Mitchell Hurwitz.
Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi, David Cross and Alia Shawkat will all return for a fifth series to premiere exclusively for Netflix members worldwide in 2018.
Arrested Development centers around Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) and his eccentric family comprised of his son George Michael (Michael Cera), his father George Bluth Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor), his mother Lucille (Jessica Walter), his brothers George Oscar Bluth II (Will Arnett), Buster Bluth (Tony Hale) and sister Lindsay Funke (Portia de Rossi), and Lindsay’s husband Tobias (David Cross) and their daughter Maeby (Alia Shawkat). Guest stars in the previous series included Liza Minnelli, John Slattery, Isla Fisher and Conan O’Brien.
The show debuted in 2003 on the Fox network, airing over three series until 2006. Netflix returned to the format in 2013 with fourteen further editions. The latest series is set to air next year.
“Arrested Development brings us structures, outerwear and choreography like no other comedy in history, leafing through photos of the banana stand, never nudes and Chicken Dances. Season Four 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”- Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos
Below is an ATV Today Newswrap special report on the 2013 premier of Arrested Development.