Netflix confirmed yesterday that season five of many fans’ beloved series Arrested Development has officially been ordered. The new season, which will consist of 15 episodes, is due to debut in 2018.
Speculation surrounding a possible revival had been swirling around for a while now, only to intensify Friday after Jason Bateman, the lead actor who plays Michael, the anchor of the Bluth family, posted a tweet saying he confirmed that more episodes are coming.
“Look very probable I’m going to put some miles on the Stair Car this summer,” Bateman said. “Just officially signed on to more ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT today.”
A week prior to his tweet, EW stated that writers of the show had already started to break in new storylines for the upcoming season.
Bateman also indicated that they will be shooting scenes from the episodes as early as this summer, with the entire cast due to return.
Arrested Development originally aired on the Fox network from the years 2003 up until 2006, and scored rave reviews from critics, even garnering an Emmy award for Outstanding Comedy Series. However, it was cancelled after a third season.
The cancellation didn’t stop the show from garnering a cult following, and was revived in 2013 by Netflix with a fourth season that consisted of 15 episodes.
“Arrested Development brings us structures, outerwear, and choreography like no other comedy in history,” stated Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer. “Season 4 marked the first foray by Netflix into original comedy programming, and this time, the Bluths will collectively be spending more quality time with their millions of fans around the world.”
“Arrested Development remains one of the iconic franchises we, Ron, and Brian are asked about most,” said Gary Newman and Dana Walden, Fox Television Group’s CEOs, the studio responsible for producing the series.
“It’s a testament to the brilliance of Mitch’s creation, the passion of his audience, and the love his cast holds in their hearts for his writing and characters that we have been able to ‘get the band back together’ not once but twice since the Emmy-winning original run. Get ready, America. The Bluths are coming back.”