Actor Will Arnett has recently confirmed that he and the rest of the cast of Arrested Development are all on board to shoot a fifth season of the popular show. The show will be returning for its fifth season and will be shown exclusively on Netflix. Arnett was in the middle of an interview on Today for his newest film “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” when he shared plans for Arrested Development’s return.
Rumors concerning the return of the show began a couple months ago when Chief Content Officer for Netflix, Ted Sarandos, was giving an interview about the future of original programming through the Netflix service. Sarandos was “positive” that the Bluth family would be returning with another season of the show but said, “It’s just a matter of when.” The primary issue with getting the cast behind a camera seems to be scheduling. The fourth season of the show was met with a lot of criticism as it seemed there was never enough interaction between all of the cast members.
Arrested development was created by Mitchell Hurwitz and was originally aired on Fox for the first three seasons, from 2003 until its cancellation in 2006. The show remained in limbo until a fourth season was aired in 2013 through Netflix’s online streaming service.
The show follows the fictitious Bluth family, a formerly wealthy clan whose less than exemplary patriarch, George Bluth Sr., played by Jeffery Tambor, ends up in prison for defrauding investors and using the company’s money for personal expenses. George’s level-headed son Michael, played by Jason Bateman, looks to take over the family business in the wake of his father’s imprisonment, but the rest of the dysfunctional Bluth family finds a way to make running the family business agonizing. Joining Tambor and Bateman for a new season of the show are fellow cast members Portia de Rossi, Michael Cera, Tony Hale, and David Cross, among others.
The Fourth season of the show suffered from inflated expectations once news broke of the show’s revival after being canceled by Fox. That, combined with a lot of character-centric episodes, left a lot of the more diehard fans aching for more, as many of these episodes fell flat. If the writers and producers of the show listen to their fan feedback from previous seasons and look to go back to the show’s hilarious roots for this newest group of episodes, there is no doubt that Arrested Development will be back to being one of the funniest shows around.