You win some, you lose some. You learn your beloved cult favorite show has been resurrected seven years after it was canceled by Fox, then you find out it’s only getting one season before drifting away again.
Yes, “Arrested Development” fans, it looks like the new 14-episode season the Mitchell Hurwitz-created comedy has been given by Netflix is going to be one-time-only deal. The Verge reports that Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced at an investor conference today that the “Arrested Development” season was both a “one-off” and “non-repeatable,” and that “We don’t anticipate being able to do seasons five, six, seven. We have less of a stake in it. Arrested Development is a wildly successful tactic as opposed to fundamental to the strategy.”
While he didn’t explain further, a spokesman later told the Wall Street Journal that it would be “extremely difficult to get the cast together” for something more.
This news doesn’t come entirely as a surprise. When Hurwitz and the “AD” cast appeared on a panel at TCA last month, they were reluctant to even classify the 14 episodes as a “season,” noting that the episodes would follow a different format than the show did on network television and suggesting instead they be looked at as an “anthology.”
Each of the Netflix episodes will focus on a specific character and what happened to him or her after Michael (Jason Bateman) and George Michael (Michael Cera) sailed off into the sunset, leaving the rest of the Bluths to fend for themselves. The reasons for this shift were in part practical, with Hurwitz noting that all of the cast members had other committments and that “we couldn’t afford to do the show with what these people are worth now.”
If, due to timing and resources, the “Arrested Development” was only able to get the whole cast together once in this new season, it makes sense that attempting another one would be impractical. Everyone’s just going to have to hold out for that movie they’re always talking about.
Netflix released the David Fincher/Beau Willimon original drama “House of Cards” in its first season entirety on February 1st, and will unveil another original, the Eli Roth-produced “Hemlock Grove” in April. Here are three more stills from Netflix’s upcoming “Arrested Development” “one-off” “anthology”: