Comedy would likely shoot next summer at earliest because of cast scheduling conflicts
This Bluths will be back, according to producer Brian Grazer.
Sources close to the situation emphasized that there are no active negotiations at present between Netflix and studio 20th Century Fox TV for a new round of episodes. But both sides expect a renewal to come together eventually given the success of the 15-episode revival that bowed in May.
One of the biggest hurdles to overcome is coordinating the schedules of busy cast members — including Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett and Tony Hale — most of whom are under contract for other TV series gigs. It’s expected that the earliest new “Arrested” episodes could be shot would be next summer.
Netflix was clearly encouraged by strong sampling for the new season that unspooled in May, which CEO Reed Hastings indicated performed well.
“We had very high expectation from the beginning for ‘Arrested Development’ because it had a well-known brand, and we were thrilled with the response and it’s been huge, just as we hoped,” Hastings told CNBC in May.
On Thursday, a Netflix rep said the company is ” interested in doing another season of ‘Arrested Development’ if it is logistically possible.”
The fast-growing Internet-video subscription service resurrected “Arrested Development,” which aired on Fox from 2003-06, earlier this year, identifying it as an attractive property to generate buzz and add subscribers.