While we had to wait seven years for a fourth season of Arrested Development, it appears that the wait won’t be that long to have the Bluths back in our life again. One of the show’s executive producers, Brian Grazer (Imagine Entertainment), says that talks are under way with Netflix for a fifth overall season of the comedy and second season exclusively on Netflix. The co-chairman of Imagine Entertainment (along with Ron Howard) told Bloomberg TV that “we are in conversations with them to do another, and they (Netflix) are interested in doing that.”
It cannot be completely confirmed just yet as Joris Evers, spokesman for Netflix, did not respond to a phone call or an e-mail seeking comment on the renewal of the popular cult comedy. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, however, has called Arrested Development and other Netflix Originals integral to the transformation of Netflix, going from rerun programming to a web based television network that combines new TV shows with Hollywood movies, similar to HBO and their web-based site, HBOGo.
Hastings originally said the Bluth family would be a one season thing on Netflix. But due to the overwhelming popularity of the series, his mind has been changed, saying, “If the talent were willing to do more and interested in that, I’m sure we would be willing as well.”
The next season is still up in the air as of right now, but from the sounds of things, the future looks good for the Bluth family and Arrested Development fans.