Friday, April 05, 2013

'Arrested Development' to return on Netflix on May 26

For quite some time, folks have been asking "When?" When will the critically acclaimed -- though low-rated -- sitcom, "Arrested Development," return to "the air" on Netflix. The answer was given on Thursday.

The long-awaited return of "Arrested Development" and the Bluth family is set for May 26. The show as canceled by Fox in 2006.

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. PDT on Sunday, May 26, Netflix will release 15 episodes of the sitcom, all at once. Considering that is Memorial Day weekend, it's possible that some long-deprived fans will binge once the episodes are released.

Each episode will focus on a specific character, although it will include others.

In the Netflix press release, Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix said:
"Arrested Development" is now widely viewed as one of the top TV comedies of all time and Mitch Hurwitz is bringing it to Netflix in a brand new way, crafted for the on-demand generation that has come to discover the show in the years since it last appeared on TV. The highly anticipated return of this show is sure to make history all over again.
Series creator and executive producer Mitch Hurwitz added:
Ted said that? Wow. Well don't print this obviously, but he's going to be immensely disappointed. In truth we are doing something very ambitious that can only be done with Netflix as partners and on their platform. Finally my simple wish for the show is coming true: that it be broadcast every second around the clock to every television, computer or mobile device in existence.
By releasing all 15 episodes at once, Netflix takes the same gamble it did with "House of Cards," meaning that it is possible that non-subscribers will sign up and watch all the episodes before their free month trial is complete.

Still, it's a gamble that Netflix continues to take with other series, such as the horror series "Hemlock Grove," which premieres on April 19.

Arrested Development stars Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth, seemingly the only "normal" (more or less) one in the series, and his eccentric family.

The Bluth family includes Michael Bluth's son George Michael (Michael Cera, who went on to movie stardom after the series ended), his father George Bluth Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor), his mother Lucille (Jessica Walter), his brothers George Oscar Bluth II (or GOB) (Will Arnett), Buster Bluth (Tony Hale), his sister Lindsay Funke (Portia de Rossi), and Lindsay's husband Tobias (David Cross) and their daughter Maeby (Alia Shawkat).

Ron Howard serves as the narrator.

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