Even though the fourth season of Arrested Development ended in a cliffhanger and the promise of a movie, creator Mitch Hurwitz is now moving to develop a new comedy series for Netflix. Additionally, Hurwitz “will develop projects with other creators as a non-writing executive producer and will consult for Netflix on comedy series,” according to Deadline. While Netflix remains in a licensing rights arms race with other streaming services (Amazon Prime just netted HBO content), the popular streaming service is making progress when it comes to original series. They’re doing well in dramas with House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, so now it looks like they’re trying to bulk up their comedy roster.
It’s worth noting that while Hurwitz found critical acclaim with Arrested Development, his other series Sit Down, Shut Up and Running Wilde both flopped. However, Netflix also provides more creative freedom than network television. It remains to be seen how Hurwitz’ new deal with Netflix will factor into his plans for the Arrested Development movie and his intent to direct the comedy Guinea Pigging.