Mitch Hurwitz is writing again, but it’s not a new season of “Arrested Development.” Instead, stand-up comedy and web series fans can rejoice as a long-hailed cult comedienne is getting her own show via everyone’s go-to medium these days: Netflix.
“Lady Dynamite” is based on what star Maria Bamford — who many may remember as Debrie in “Arrested Development” Season 4 — has accepted as “her life,” though the “surreal” episodes will be “refracted over multiple periods” chronicling various events inspired by Bamford’s experiences. Hurwitz co-wrote the pilot episode with Pam Brady, and he, Brady and Bamford all serve as executive producers on the upcoming series.
No release date was provided in the press release, but 13 30-minute episodes have been ordered of the single-camera comedy. “Lady Dynamite” joins the ranks of live-action Netflix comedies — of which there are only a few other examples: “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” took the world by storm earlier this year, while many couldn’t decide whether “Grace and Frankie” was more of a comedy or a drama.
The genre should see a boost at Netflix in the coming years, however. Hurwitz has another series already greenlit — “Flaked,” starring Will Arnett, is set to air sometime in 2016 — and “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” will debut this July. Judd Apatow’s “Love,” starring Gillian Jacobs, is expected to land next year as well (with its already-approved second season arriving in 2017), as are “Fuller House” and “The Ranch.”