As expected Netflix has officially renewed Arrested Development for a fifth season, in 2018.
Star Jason Bateman recently tweeted he had signed on for a new season.
Original creator Mitchell Hurwitz is back, along with the entire series regular cast, including Bateman, Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi, David Cross and Alia Shawkat. An episode count has not been reported.
The Bluth family comedy has been teased to return in recent years but talent scheduling was delaying the renewal.
After airing for three seasons on FOX from 2004-2006, the sitcom went to Netflix for a fourth season in 2013.
“In talks with Netflix we all felt that 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,” said Hurwitz in a statemen. “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.”
“Arrested Development brings us structures, outerwear and choreography like no other comedy in history,” joked Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. “Season 4 marked the first foray by Netflix into original comedy programming and this time, the Bluths will collectively be spending more quality time with their millions of fans around the world.”
Ron Howard added, “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.”