In February, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings called the streaming service’s 15-episode run of “Arrested Development” a “one-off” and “non-repeatable,” with a spokesman later clarifying that the difficulties in scheduling the cast, whose limited availability shaped the unusual structure of the resurrected series’ new season.
It was a comment Hastings later walked back, telling CNBC that Netflix would be up for doing more of the show if the cast was: “‘Arrested’ is unique… If the talent were willing to do more, and interested in that, I’m sure we would be willing.”
Now it looks like that discussion is happening — Brian Grazer, who executive produces the show alongside Ron Howard, Mitchell Hurwitz and David Nevins and who made a cameo appearance on it this season, said on Bloomberg TV yesterday that Netflix is in “conversations” with the principal actors, with Variety confirming that, while nothing solid is in place, an eventual renewal is expected to happen. Scheduling is still a problem, given the cast members’ many other commitments, so that should they come to pass the earliest new episodes could shoot would be next summer.
While the critical reception of the new episodes was decidedly mixed (see our review here), the season was apparently a hit for Netflix. The company doesn’t release numbers, but in that same CNBC interview Hastings said “We were thrilled with the response and it’s been huge, just as we hoped.”
Netflix’s season certainly left plenty of room for more story — demanded it, essentially, by leaving multiple storylines unresolved in an apparent set-up for a movie which may or may not happen. While the new episodes were noticeably different and darker in tone from the original run of the series, more time with the Bluths is always welcome.