I can’t think of a more beloved cult series than Arrested Development. The show made it three seasons before being cancelled by FOX, and during its run TV fans were hailing it as one of the funniest sitcoms ever and urging their friends to tune in. The show has only grown in popularity since its cancelation, thanks to DVD and its availability on Netflix Instant, and creator Mitch Hurwitz and many members of the cast have frequently hinted at a feature film version possibly happening.
Well, now fans can cheer wildly. Variety is reporting that Netflix itself will put up the dough for a new season of Arrested Development with an eye on a 2013 release date. There aren’t any deals for the cast in place yet, but the whole gang is expected to return.
This is a major coup for Netflix, who fought hard to get the rights for the series (buying out competitor Showtime) with an eye on improving their public image after price hikes and company name switches and policy changes late this summer. Those who cancelled their subscription will surely reactivate their accounts once news of Arrested Development returning spreads around the watercoolers.
We’ll keep you update as the story develops.