“Arrested Development” fans can expect new episodes of the series to finally return to the small screen, only it won’t be on FOX or any other channel for that matter.
20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Television will produce original first-run episodes of the series for the first time in half a decade where they will be made available to Netflix subscribers, according to a Netflix press release. New shows about the Bluth clan, starring Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, Will Arnett, Portia de Rossi, David Cross and more, will be ready to watch on the Internet-subscription service beginning in 2013. It is expected that ten episodes of the series will be made.
For those that don’t remember, the sitcom told the tale of the formerly wealthy, deeply eccentric Bluth family struggling to right the ship after being disgraced. The series ran on Fox for three seasons and was honored with the Emmy award for Outstanding Comedy Series after its first season on the air.
“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 Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer. “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.”
With cameos that ranged from Henry Winkler to Charlize Theron, the series had its final broadcast on February 10, 2006. The actors recently said that a short-run revival of the series could be a possibility ahead of the “Arrested Development” feature film, expected to be released in summer 2013.
“Arrested Development” is a production of Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox Television. Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Mitch Hurwitz are executive producers.
“After a long hiatus, I’m dying to finally get back to the narrator’s microphone…’It’s Arrested…Development,’” said Howard.