Arrested Development fans, I’m sorry, but I have some (potentially) bad news: Season four, airing on Netflix in May, might be the show’s last.
Showrunner Mitch Hurwitz had hinted previously that the cult classic might get more than one season on Netflix, but it turns out that when most of the cast has other stuff going on filming additional seasons is an “easier said than done” sort of thing.
Via /Film, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings
described the upcoming fourth season to investors today as a “one-off” that came about under “non-repeatable” circumstances. The company later expanded upon Hastings’ comments… noting that it would be “extremely difficult to get the cast together” for another season.
If that was the end of it, it would be sad, but it would make sense. Even though, as we’ve noted before, each episode of season four will focus on one character, thus cutting down on the need to have all the cast in the same place at the same time, Jason Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor, Alia Shawkat et. al. have other things they’re working on. It was nice while it lasted, AD, but at least we got one more season than we thought we would.
But wait! Apparently Netflix realized it may have made a huge mistake, because a spokesperson then said this (via HitFix):
“I think we all knew it was lightning in the bottle that we pulled it all together” for this batch of episodes, said the spokesperson, who added that Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos has been the point person for the “Arrested” revival, and who hasn’t yet given up hope of making more.
“We’re hopeful there will be more seasons,” the spokesperson said. “If anyone can pull it together, it’s going to be Ted. But by no means is this the end of it. We’re definitely planning to do more with them. We have first rights, so it’s not like you’d see it anywhere else. We’re absolutely hopeful there will be more.”
Sooo… if Netflix can do additional seasons of Arrested Development it wants to, but it’s just not possible, except for the fact that maybe it is.