No need for another “Save Our Bluths” event — it looks after years of waiting, a fifth season of the beloved sitcom is almost a done deal. As “Arrested Development” executive producer Brian Grazer told Deadline during the recent Television Critics Association event, all the involved parties are “close” to figuring out a deal to bring more of the dysfunctional family’s misadventures to Netflix.
The intention for a fifth season has always been there on the creative side, which includes creator Mitch Hurwitz, Netflix, 20th Century Fox and Imagine TV. Getting the cast on board, who all have projects of their own, has been difficult. “I think we found a way to create the compensation structure for all the actors and create a work matrix so they can still make movies and do other things and it will all integrate,” said Grazer. “So we are really close — I think within a couple of weeks at the most.”
The members of the “Arrested Development” cast have become some of the most prolific performers around. A number have new series, with Alia Shawkat starring in TBS’ “Search Party,” Jeffrey Tambor starring in Amazon’s “Transparent,” Tony Hale appearing in HBO’s “Veep,” Portia De Rossi appearing in ABC’s “Scandal” and Jessica Walter loaning her voice to FXX’s “Archer.” Jason Bateman recently appeared in the feature film “Office Christmas Party” and Will Arnett provided the voice for Batman in the upcoming “LEGO Batman Movie.”
Almost four years have passed since new “Arrested Development” episodes arrived on Netflix, although talk of a fifth season has been consistent during that time. Following the three seasons on Fox that aired between 2003 and 2006, “Arrested Development” returned to Netflix for a fourth season in 2013.
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