Remember when Netflix first started tinkering with original content, and the biggest deal was that it would be bringing back Arrested Development? After Orange Is the New Black, Bloodline, Daredevil, and so many others, it seems like a long time ago (a mere two years!) since the former Fox show helped pave the way for Netflix’s huge drive for original series (and also for its love of reboots).
Arrested Development is now returning to its Netflix home for 17 episodes, and The Wrap is reporting that producer Brian Grazer confirmed on the “Adam Carolla Show” that production will begin after January 1, 2016. Fans can expect new episodes four months after that. So in about a year, more AD!
Which is a good thing, right?
Since we’re in a reminiscing mood, let us not forget that the show’s Netflix season (Season 4) was met with mixed feelings. While it was great to get the gang back together, the idea to focus each episode on a single character’s POV surrounding the same events (more or less) created a strange flow to the episodes. It proved to be a season that was meant to be binge-watched, since everything more or less came together in the end, but its future was still in doubt as to whether Netflix wanted more.
But, Grazer said of the project, “Netflix is determined to do more episodes, so we’re going to do more episodes.” Also, that he had just gotten the news that morning that everyone was onboard, so he broke the news about it to Mitch Hurwitz in the podcast’s greenroom.
Going back to its structure, though, nothing is yet known about Season 5 other than the fact that it will be 17 episodes. Whether or not it will go back to its Season 4 format, or try out something new altogether remains to be seen (especially since most of the cast are in other TV shows and upcoming movies). But of course, anything Hurwitz, Grazer, and Ron Howard come up will be worth seeing. There’s always money in the banana stand!