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 Is Trump Meets ‘Making a Murderer’

‘Arrested Development’ Season 5 Is Trump Meets ‘Making a Murderer’

It's been two and a half years since Season 4 of Arrested Development, and while we know Season 5 is coming, it still hasn't been confirmed when production will begin, or when the season may debut on Netflix. Last summer, executive producer Brian Grazer teased that they were hoping to get production started in either January or February this year, with the new episodes debuting "about four months after" production gets under way. While the production schedule still hasn't been confirmed, Deadline caught up with series creator Mitchell Hurwitz, who revealed Season 5 will have connections to both Presidential candidate Donald Trump and the white-hot Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer.

Oddly enough, the seeds for these connections were already planted in Season 4 of Arrested Development. Part of that season featured the Bluth family setting out to build a wall between the United States and Mexico. Lindsay Bluth's (Portia de Rossi) passionate "Put up a wall" speech was so popular she decided to run for office on the Republican party ticket. If you've been following the news lately, you'll know that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has often spoke about constructing a wall between the United States and Mexico.

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‘Arrested Development’ Season 5 Closer to Happening, But Will It?

‘Arrested Development’ Season 5 Closer to Happening, But Will It?

Back in July, Netflix's Ted Sarandos revealed that the streaming service is working out deals with the Arrested Development cast, which has become complicated because many of them have other shows they're working on. In April, Ron Howard's producing partner Brian Grazer gave a much more definitive update, revealing that they plan on producing 17 new episodes for Season 5, with production scheduled to begin in early 2016. It isn't known how far along Mitch Hurwitz and his writers are in the writing process, so we'll have to wait and see if filming will start early next year.

Brian Grazer also revealed in June that if production does start early next year, the season would debut four months after filming gets under way, which means fans could, in theory, get new episodes in either April or May, depending on when shooting starts. In July, actress Jessica Walter revealed that the season will open with Buster Bluth (Tony Hale) being arrested for the murder of his on-and-off lover Lucille Austero (Liza Minnelli). This means the new season will likely pick up almost immediately after Season 4, when Lucille was found dead in a pool of blood, before her body disappeared.

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‘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

Brian Grazer confirms that they are making 17 more episodes as ‘Arrested Development’ gears up for Season 5, but it isn't known when they will debut.
‘Arrested Development’ Movie Moves Forward; Will Premiere Before Season 5

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

The movie script is currently being written, though 20th Century Fox has yet to greenlight the project.
Watch Five ‘Arrested Development’ Season 4 Clips!

Watch Five ‘Arrested Development’ Season 4 Clips!

An ostrich, bees, and underwater security cameras all play into the mystery behind the return of The Bluth family, with all-new episodes debuting Sunday, May 26th.
  • First Aired
    2003