If Netflix was looking for some redemption for the Qwikster debacle and the infamous 60% price increase, it may have just found it.
The critically acclaimed sitcom, "Arrested Development" is officially alive again, thanks to a new deal between Netflix, Twentieth Century Fox TV and Imagine TV. New episodes of the series will be produced for a 2013 debut on Netflix, ten years after the series first premiered on Fox.
“Arrested Development is one of the finest American comedies in TV history and its return through Netflix is a perfect example of how we are working closely with studios and networks to provide consumers with entertainment they love,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos. “It’s also a perfect example of how broad and successful our relationship has become with Fox as we work together with their film, television, international and digital divisions on several exciting initiatives.”
“Netflix’s bold entrance into original programming presents an exciting new opportunity for our two companies," related, Peter Levinsohn, Fox Filmed Entertainment’s President of New Media & Digital Distribution. “Bringing a classic show back to production on new episodes exclusively for Netflix customers is a game changer, and illustrates the incredible potential the new digital landscape affords great content providers like Twentieth Century Fox Television and Imagine.”
"Arrested Development" ran for three seasons on Fox, as it chronicled the lives of the formerly wealthy (and extremely dysfunctional) Bluth family, with Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth, along with Michael's son, George (Michael Cera); Michael's disgraced 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). David Cross portrayed Lindsay’s husband, Tobias (David Cross) with Alia Shawkat as their daughter, Maeby.
Although the announcement from Netflix doesn't state which cast members are returning or how many episodes will be produced, "Arrested Development" creator Mitch Hurtwitz appeared with several former cast members last month at The New Yorker Festival as he revealed his plans to bring the series back for 9 or 10 episodes; which would focus on individual members of the Bloom family before reuniting the clan in an "Arrested Development" feature film.
There's still no confirmation about the "Arrested Development" movie, but if the series can come roaring back to life after five years than an "Arrested Development" feature doesn't seem so out of reach.