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Netflix and Will Arnett Confirm That Arrested Development Will Return for a Fifth Season

The Bluth gang will be back.

Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Netflix

Time to bust out a little chicken dance in celebration: Arrested Development will return for a fifth season on Netflix. Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s head of content, first broke the news, but Will Arnett confirmed the comeback during his recent appearance on Jimmy Fallon.

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What remains to be seen is whether showrunner Mitchell Hurwitz will address concerns audiences had with the fourth season. The show’s move to Netflix was in many ways a boon—the streaming format was highly conducive to the series’ running gags and intricate, overlapping storytelling—but there were also complaints about the season’s structure, which focused each episode on a particular character and thereby featured few moments with the entire cast on screen.

Sarandos said such objections were “a fair criticism,” but coordinating shooting schedules will pose a problem—several cast members are committed to other series, with Arnett starring in The Millers, Tony Hale reprising his role on Veep, and Jeffrey Tambor headlining Amazon’s forthcoming Transparent.  

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