The Bluths are back in business. Only days after star Jason Bateman revealed he had signed on for a fifth season of Arrested Development, Netflix has greenlit another visit to the banana stand.
According to the stream service, Bateman will be joined by creator Mitchell Hurwitz and original cast members Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi, David Cross and Alia Shawkat in the new episodes, targeted to arrive 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,” Hurwitz said in a statement. “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.”
Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos threw in a tease about the upcoming season, saying, “The Bluths will collectively be spending more quality time with their millions of fans around the world.”
Today’s announcement comes nearly four years after the premiere of the 15-episode fourth season on Netflix.