Netflix In Talks for More Episodes of ‘Arrested Development’

Jason Bateman

Comedy would likely shoot next summer at earliest because of cast scheduling conflicts

This Bluths will be back, according to producer Brian Grazer.

Netflix is currently in “conversations” the principals for a second season of “Arrested Development,” the Imagine Entertainment chief told Bloomberg News on Thursday.

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.

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  1. Mike says:

    It was so amazing to get back one of the all time great comedy shows with Netflix and Arrested development. I binge watched season 4 3 times and found more laughs with each viewing. I don’t think you can end the show with season 4, too many questions still remain and the cast is maybe the best ever. Loved it want more simple as that!

  2. Make it happen, the show was very good, as was the experimental Netflix season.

  3. Leon says:

    We loved the original Arrested Development. Season 4 was really good. Not every episode was “gold” but we had a blast watching it. It seemed to take 3 or 4 episodes to find its groove and for us to see where things were going. The ostrich references made the beginning seem disjointed until you had a better picture of where the story was headed. Poor Liza Minnelli’s age has not set gracefully with the face-lifts. Watching her was painful. Loved all the loose ends that they left open for a new season. Wish they could start filming sooner.

  4. Tom says:

    Season 4 was truly awesome. Once I made it through and saw the series plot architecture for what it was, I was so impressed. Keep building on the foundation.

  5. Jeff says:

    *Arrested Development* used to be awesome, but season 4 sucked, mostly because Netflix decided to make it TV-MA. Since we won’t be finishing the fourth season unless they release a TV-14 version, season 5 won’t be getting our viewership either.

    • milo says:

      TV-MA? That makes no sense, the content is no different ratings wise from any of the previous seasons. No real language, no nudity. Sounds like you’re just confused or don’t remember the earlier seasons.

    • Andt says:

      What are you talking about? The episodes were censored the same exact way they were in previous seasons. They are most likely unrated because they weren’t meant for any TV channel, but that doesn’t reflect on the content whatsoever.

  6. Jolie Z says:

    Loved the original – and loved the Netflix season, too. The headline of this story gave me goosebumps.

  7. David Guirao Tatlitug says:

    This was not my Arrested Development. Was not funny in the least. The way they filmed it never let all the characters film together so they could never play off of each other. Netflix also said that there would not be a season two for them. Want to make people happy. Tie up thesci-fi hit Atlantis that syfy nbc universal promised outraged fans.

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