Fifth Season of ‘Arrested Development’ Is Happening, Eventually
If Netflix’s chief content officer and a star of “Arrested Development” are to be believed, then a new season of the celebrated comedy is all but confirmed.
Earlier this week, in an interview with the USA Today, Sarandos said he was “positive” a fifth season of “Arrested Development” will happen. “It’s just a matter of when,” he said, adding that the cast’s schedules need to be nailed down first.
Will Arnett, who plays psychotic magician George Oscar Bluth in the show, reiterated that sentiment while appearing on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.” “It’s gonna happen,” he said when prodded by Fallon. “We don’t know when, but it’s gonna happen.”
When Netflix embarked on its original content plans, outside of “House of Cards,” “Arrested Development,” which it resurrected for a fourth season, was its most highly anticipated “original” series. The Mitch Hurwitz-created series was a critical and cult hit, but never found enough viewership to last for more than three seasons on Fox.
The fourth season rolled out to mixed reviews, with some criticizing the show’s structure, which was largely a result of the show’s cast not being available all at the same time. Sarandos acknowledged that in his interview, stating that it was a “fair criticism” that “the cast didn’t appear on the screen often enough together.”
The fifth season, whenever it rolls out, will look to change that.