We’ve known for a year that there would be a fifth season of “Arrested Development” but didn’t have any more details till now. We can confirm that the entire main cast — Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi, David Cross and Alia Shawkat — will return for season 5, which will start streaming on Netflix on May 29. That is just two days before the end of the eligibility period for 2018 Emmy Awards consideration.
“Arrested Development” aired on 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.
However, reaction to that fourth season was fairly negative. To answer those complaints, show creator Michael Hurwitz recently decided to re-cut those 15 episodes, which focused on individual characters, into 22 interwoven installments more in line with those of the first three seasons. As he explained via Twitter, “I pursued it as a comedic experiment to see if new jokes and a new perspective would emerge from a remix that feature all the Bluths in every episode, and where the simultaneity of the story plays out chronologically. And I’m really excited about the final result. It’s funny in a whole new way.” The newly titled “Arrested Development Season 4 Remix: Fateful Consequences” began streaming on Netflix on Friday, May 4.
As for what awaits his dysfunctional Bluth family in season five, we got a few hints from the new trailer (watch above). While it isn’t mentioned in this preview, we know one of the main plot points will be a season-long arc will focus on solving the murder of the other Lucille (who’d been played by Liza Minnelli).
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