‘Arrested Development’: Everything we know about season 5 and its return to Netflix

While we’ve known for almost a year that there would be more episodes of “Arrested Development,” we 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 be back for season 5, which will stream on Netflix sometime in the next few weeks, or even days.

Show creator Michael Hurwitz teased the premiere date on Twitter: “Like real soon. Like, if you knew when, you would not be wrong to be thinking ‘why are we all just hearing about this now?'” 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). And we know that it is likely to follow the structure of the first three seasons, with their interwoven storylines, rather than that of season 4, which focused on one character per episode.

Fan reaction to that fourth season was fairly negative. To answer those complaints, Hurwitz announced, “between season 4 and this upcoming season 5 I had time to take that Rashomon-type story and recut it–shuffling the content from 15 individualized stories into 22 interwoven stories the length of the original series.” This newly titled “Arrested Development Season 4 Remix: Fateful Consequences” will start streaming on Netflix on Friday, May 4.

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As Hurwitz 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.”

“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. It took another five years to officially reunite the dysfunctional Bluth family for season five.

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