Arrested Development

(2003)

The Emmy Award-winning comedy series Arrested Development revolves around Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman), the “normal” one in a family of crazies, who is forced to stay in Orange County and run the family real estate business after his father, George Bluth Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor), is sent to prison for shifty accounting practices. While George Sr. spent the last year in the slammer discovering his newfound Judaism and recording inspirational tapes, Michael spent it picking up the pieces and trying to teach his offbeat family how to live without an endless expense account. All the while, Michael has also been trying to do right by his 14-year-old son, George Michael (Michael Cera), an earnest kid who works diligently at the family’s frozen banana stand.

‘Arrested Development’ Season 5 Cast Talks Are Happening

‘Arrested Development’ Season 5 Cast Talks Are Happening

Back in April, executive producer Brian Grazer revealed that they are producing a 17-episode Season 5, with production scheduled to begin in early 2016 and the new episodes debuting that spring on the streaming service. Earlier this month, series star Jessica Walter teased that this new season will open with the arrest of Buster Bluth (Tony Hale), for the murder of Lucille Austero (Liza Minnelli). You may recall that this bloody murder took place at the very end of Season 4, and it appears that Lucille's on-and-off lover Buster has taken the fall when the new season opens.

It isn't known if Mitchell Hurwitz plans on using the same format as Season 4, with each episode centering on just one of the Bluth family members at a time. The format wasn't received too well by the fans, so we'll have to see what he has in store for Season 5. Are you looking forward to the return of Arrested Development?

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‘Arrested Development’ Season 5 Opens with Buster Arrested for Murder

‘Arrested Development’ Season 5 Opens with Buster Arrested for Murder

Season 4 of Arrested Development ended with Liza Minnelli's character, Lucille Austero, found in a pool of blood, before her body disappeared. Lucile was the on and off lover of Tony Hale's Buster Bluth, and judging from the actress' comments, it seems Buster has taken the rap for this bloody murder. Whether or not he actually committed the murder or not remains unknown, and will likely be the mystery that the new episodes revolve around.

Brian Grazer confirmed earlier this year that Season 5 will span 17 episodes. It isn't known if the producers will stick to the same format as Season 4, where each episode centered on a specific member of the Bluth family, which was criticized by fans when the season was released on the streaming service last year. Along with this new season, Mitch Hurwitz is also developing another show for Netflix, entitled Flaked, starring Will Arnett. What do you think about these new details?

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‘Arrested Development’ Season 5 Coming to Netflix in 2016

‘Arrested Development’ Season 5 Coming to Netflix in 2016

Along with confirming the production schedule, Brian Grazer added that the new episodes would debut, "about four months after" production gets under way. So, if principal photography does get started in January of 2016, it seems fans can expect Arrested Development Season 5 to be streaming sometime in April 2016. The producer wouldn't confirm if every main cast member from the previous season will be back, and we haven't heard anything official regarding Arrested Development's return yet, which likely won't happen until all of the cast members are officially locked in for the new season. Still, it seems that fans will get their wish of more Arrested Development next year.

Of course, no story details were given for the new season, but it will be curious to see if the producers employ the same format as they did with Arrested Development Season 4, which largely centered on just one character in the Bluth family at a time. Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said last year that it was a "fair criticism" that the whole family wasn't together that much last season, but it remains to be seen if they will go in a different direction to alleviate the fans' concerns. Are you glad that Arrested Development is coming back next year?

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‘Arrested Development’ Will Return for 17 More Episodes

‘Arrested Development’ Will Return for 17 More Episodes

The producer wouldn't elaborate on a production schedule, and he didn't confirm if Season 5 will debut on Netflix or another outlet, but at least we know now that plans are in place for the Bluth family to return. There has also been rumors of an Arrested Development movie, but we haven't heard about that project for quite some time, so it may either be completely dead, or put on the back burner for the producers to focus on Season 5. Season 4 episodes focused on one member of the Bluth family at a time, which wasn't received too well by fans who wanted to see more of the entire family together. It isn't known if the producers are keeping this same format for Season 5.

Take a look at Brian Grazer's full interview with B.S. Report, with the Arrested Development talk starting at the 24:30 mark. Are you excited that the Bluth's are coming back for another season? Let us know what you think after checking out the video interview below.

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‘Arrested Development’ Movie Moves Forward; Will Premiere Before Season 5

‘Arrested Development’ Movie Moves Forward; Will Premiere Before Season 5

Do you want to see the Arrested Development movie as before another season on Netflix? Let us know!

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Watch Five ‘Arrested Development’ Season 4 Clips!

Watch Five ‘Arrested Development’ Season 4 Clips!

Unlock five exclusive Season 4 clips within the new "Easter Egg" poster from Arrested Development! Don't miss the upcoming season of the Emmy Award-winning comedy series with Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi & Will Arnett premiering this Sunday, May 26th -- only on Netflix!

As a bonus treat, here is our first look at Terry Crews as Herbert Love, a politician in cahoots with George Sr. who may or may not also be in love with Lindsay.

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Netflix May Do ‘Arrested Development’ Movie and Season 5

Netflix May Do ‘Arrested Development’ Movie and Season 5

As ‘Season 4’ of the cult series debuts this Sunday, Netflix reveals possible scenarios for the continuation of this franchise.
EXCLUSIVE: Alia Shawkat Talks ‘Arrested Development’ Season 4

EXCLUSIVE: Alia Shawkat Talks ‘Arrested Development’ Season 4

The actress returns as the apple of George Michael Bluth's eye, Maeby Funke, in the upcoming episodes, debuting Sunday, May 26th on Netflix.