After much discussion and speculation, Netflix has finally made it official: “Arrested Development” will return for a fifth season in 2018 with its entire main cast: Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi, David Cross and Alia Shawkat.
“Arrested Development” originally aired on the FOX network for three seasons (2003-2006), winning six Emmys including Best Comedy Series in 2004 and Best Comedy Writing in 2004 and 2005. The show was cancelled due to low ratings, but it had developed such a devoted fan base that Netflix revived the show for a fourth season in 2013. It took another four years to officially reunite the dysfunctional Bluth family for season five.
Series creator Mitchell Hurwitz said in a statement, “In talks with Netflix we all felt that stories about a narcissistic, erratically behaving family in the building business — and their desperate abuses of power — are really underrepresented on TV these days. I am so grateful to them and to 20th TV for making this dream of mine come true in bringing the Bluths, George Sr., Lucille and the kids; Michael, Ivanka, Don Jr., Eric, George-Michael, and who am I forgetting, oh Tiffany. Did I say Tiffany? — back to the glorious stream of life.”
Ron Howard, who executive produces the series and serves as its narrator, stated, “Whew! I can finally answer the question … Hell yes! Warming up my uncredited narrator vocal chords. Now the only thing I will have to be coy about is all the craziness the Bluths are going to face this season.”