Netflix In Talks for More Episodes of ‘Arrested Development’

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.

More TV

  • Netflix placeholder

    Netflix Fires Executive Over Danny Masterson Comment

    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 […]

  • SMILF Master of None Dirks Gently

    Fresh Voices in TV Who Broke Out in 2017

    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 […]

  • The Good Fight

    TV News Roundup: 'The Good Fight' Sets Season 2 Premiere Date on CBS All Access

    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 […]

  • Morning Joe MSNBC Joe Scarborough

    Cable News Ratings: MSNBC Posts Biggest Percentage Gains of 2017, Fox News Stays on Top

    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 […]

  • SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: WEEKEND UPDATE --

    'SNL' Names Michael Che, Colin Jost Co-Head Writers

    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 […]

  • Emmy Awards Placeholder

    TV Academy Announces Rule Changes for 2018 Emmy Awards

    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 […]

  • Marvel's The Punisher Renewed for Season

    'Marvel's The Punisher' Renewed for Season 2

    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 […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content