With the popular comedy Arrested Development returning for its fifth season later this month on Netflix, it's been revealed the 16-episode fifth season will actually be split in half. The first eight episodes will be released on May 29, with the second half of the season arriving later this year.
The move is not unprecedented by Netflix, which similarly split seasons of The Ranch and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
The sitcom released a trailer last week officially announcing the May return of the Emmy Award-winning series. Teasing the Bluth family antics, the trailer revealed Lindsay Bluth's plans to run for Congress while long-suffering Michael continues to disassociate himself as much as possible. Whereas the previous season had split the cast into individual storylines due to behind-the-scenes scheduling issues, the fifth season looks to reunite the ensemble on screen once again.
In advance of the Season 5 premiere, Netflix has also released a remixed version of Season 4 under supervision of series creator Mitch Hurwitz. The new version of the fourth season has the episodes play out in chronological order as opposed to following a single character's perspective as originally released.
Arriving on Netflix May 29, Arrested Development stars Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Michael Cera, Will Arnett, David Cross, Alia Shawkat, Tony Hale, Jeffrey Tambor and Jessica Walter.
(via Entertainment Weekly)