The very slow build to “Arrested Development” Season 5 continues. While backstage at the Creative Arts Emmys last night following “Archer’s” win for Outstanding Animated Program, Bluth matriarch Jessica Walter assured press the show is fully expecting to return at some unspecified time in the future. “It’s looking real good,” Walter said about the upcoming fifth season of the acclaimed comedy series, which was cancelled in 2007 by FOX but revived in 2013 by Netflix. “I don’t have dates, but everybody is on board.”
Walters’ statement continues the ambiguous road towards a new season of “Arrested Development.” Every cast member seems on board for more Bluth mayhem, though no start date has ever been released in the three years since Season 4. Earlier this summer at the TCAs, creator Mitch Hurwitz told press that production could begin as early as the start of 2017. He confirmed that several stories had already been broken, and that figuring out the logistics of getting the cast and crew back together was the next step.
“It’s what we’re trying to accomplish,” he said about the tentative start date. “The actors, the writers, 20th Century Fox TV, Netflix. Everyone really wants to do it…I can’t wait to do it.”
The show’s fourth season on Netflix was met with a divided reaction from the series’ large cult following. While some enjoyed how the show embraced Netflix’s binge structure, others were disappointed at how different the show felt from its successful run on FOX. Regardless, both Netflix and Hurwitz have been on record wanting more episodes, so we’ll just have to keep waiting for the soon-to-come Season 5.