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Netflix Sets a Premiere Date for 'Arrested Development' and Expands the Season to 15 Episodes

Photo of Alison Willmore By Alison Willmore | Indiewire April 4, 2013 at 7:35AM

Netflix has finally announced a premiere date for the return of "Arrested Development." The Bluths will return on Sunday, May 26 at 12:01am PT, with the full fourth season of series creator/executive producer Mitchell Hurwitz's comedy premiering all at once.
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Will Arnett and Jason Bateman in 'Arrested Development'
Michael Yarish/Netflix Will Arnett and Jason Bateman in 'Arrested Development'

Netflix has finally announced a premiere date for the return of "Arrested Development." The Bluths will return on Sunday, May 26 at 12:01am PT, with the full fourth season of series creator/executive producer Mitchell Hurwitz's comedy premiering all at once. That season now consists of 15 episodes, up from 14, which itself was expanded from the original order of 10. The show will be available in all Netflix territories, including the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Latin America.

"Arrested Development is now widely viewed as one of the top TV comedies of all time and Mitch Hurwitz is bringing it to Netflix in a brand new way, crafted for the on-demand generation that has come to discover the show in the years since it last appeared on TV," said Netflix's Ted Sarandos in the announcement. "The highly anticipated return of this show is sure to make history all over again."

"Ted said that? Wow. Well don't print this obviously, but he's going to be immensely disappointed. In truth we are doing something very ambitious that can only be done with Netflix as partners and on their platform. Finally my simple wish for the show is coming true: that it be broadcast every second around the clock to every television, computer or mobile device in existence," said Hurwitz.

All the regulars from the 2003-2006 TV series will be back for this new round of episodes, which the cast and creator have preferred to refer to as an "anthology" rather than a traditional season. Due to budget reasons and the fact that the cast is now considerably more famous and harder to book all at once, the new episodes were written to each focus on a particular character's journey since the end of the show, with the family -- Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman), George Michael (Michael Cera), George Bluth Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor), Lucille (Jessica Walter), Gob (Will Arnett), Buster (Tony Hale), Lindsay (Portia de Rossi) and Tobias Fünke (David Cross) and Maeby (Alia Shawkat) -- reportedly only really reunited in full at the end.

The show's executive produced by Hurwitz, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Jim Vallely and Troy Miller. Netflix kicked off its year of originals with "House of Cards" in February, and will next premiere Eli Roth and Brian McGreevy's "Hemlock Grove" on April 19th.

This article is related to: Television, TV News, Netflix, Arrested Development, Mitch Hurwitz





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