THE BLUTHS ARE BACK. AGAIN!!! Netflix Announce a Fifth Season for Mitchell Hurwitz’s ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT
Mitchell Hurwitz and Entire Cast Will Return for More Episodes
The Bluths are back. Again!!!. Netflix today announced series creator Mitchell Hurwitz and the entire series regular cast, including: Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi, David Cross and Alia Shawkat will return for a fifth season to premiere exclusively for Netflix members worldwide in 2018.
“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 series creator Mitchell Hurwitz. He added, “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,” mused Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, leafing through photos of the banana stand, never nudes and Chicken Dances. “Season Four 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.”
"Arrested Development remains one of the iconic franchises we, Ron and Brian are asked about most," commented Fox Television Group Chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman. "It's a testament to the brilliance of Mitch's creation, the passion of his audience, and the love his cast holds in their hearts for his writing and characters that we have been able to 'get the band back together ' not once but twice since the Emmy-winning original run. Get ready, America. The Bluths are coming back."
“I love working with Mitch. He is a genius and the rarest of original thinkers. He brings a richness to the characters and the storylines that makes the series memorably fun,” said executive producer Brian Grazer.
"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,” said executive producer Ron Howard.
Arrested Development centres around Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) and his eccentric family comprised of his son George Michael (Michael Cera), his father George Bluth Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor), his mother Lucille (Jessica Walter), his brothers George Oscar Bluth II (Will Arnett), Buster Bluth (Tony Hale) and sister Lindsay Funke (Portia de Rossi), and Lindsay’s husband Tobias (David Cross) and their daughter Maeby (Alia Shawkat).
Mitchell Hurwitz, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Jim Vallely and Richie Rosenstock are executive producers on Arrested Development, and it is produced by Imagine TV and 20th Century Fox Television for Netflix. Arrested Development has garnered accolades from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Emmy®), AFI, the Golden Globes, Producer's Guild Awards, Screen Actor's Guild, the Television Critics Association and the Writer's Guild, among others.
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About Twentieth Century Fox Television
A 21st Century Fox company, Twentieth Century Fox Television is one of the industry's most prolific suppliers of primetime television programming and entertainment content, including this year’s broadcast sensation and NBC’s No. 1 series THIS IS US from Dan Fogelman; Fox’s No. 1 series, EMPIRE, from Lee Daniels, Danny Strong and Brian Grazer; ABC’s No. 1 series and five-time Emmy Award-winning blockbuster comedy MODERN FAMILY from Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd; FX’s No. 1 series AMERICAN HORROR STORY from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk; the critically acclaimed new comedy hit SPEECHLESS; THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, starring Will Forte; and the longest-running primetime scripted series in the history of television, THE SIMPSONS. Upcoming additions to its roster include THE GIFTED, LA TO VEGAS, GHOSTED and THE RESIDENT, . The studio’s cable production division, Fox 21 Television Studios, is responsible for Ryan Murphy’s acclaimed anthology, FEUD, starring Academy Award winners Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon; the Emmy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning HOMELAND; the critically acclaimed THE AMERICANS (with FX Productions); Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson’s sensation THE PEOPLE V. OJ SIMPSON (with FX Productions), which kicked off the AMERICAN CRIME STORY anthology; and GENIUS (with Imagine, OddLot Entertainment and EUE/Sokolow), from Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo, Gigi Pritzker, Rachel Shane, Sam Sokolow, Jeff Cooney and Noah Pink.
About Imagine Television
Imagine Television was founded in 1986 by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard and is run by President Francie Calfo. The company’s television programs have been honored with more that 60 prestigious awards including 42 Emmy® awards.
Imagine Television’s robust slate of current programming includes Fox’s award winning series Empire and Shots Fired; and NatGeo’s Genius starring Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein, Mars and Breakthrough series.
Past shows include Fox's Golden Globe and Emmy® award winning Best Drama Series 24; NBC’s Peabody Award winning series Friday Night Lights; Fox’s Emmy® award winning Best Comedy Arrested Development; Fox’s Lie To Me; CBS’s Shark; NBC’s Miss Match; WB's Felicity; ABC's SportsNight; and HBO's From the Earth to the Moon, which won the Emmy® for Outstanding Mini-Series.
Ron Howard and Brian Grazer began their collaboration in 1985 with the hit comedies Night Shift and Splash, and continue to run Imagine Entertainment as chairmen.