New Arrested Development Episodes Are Coming to Netflix in 2013

The grain of salt that's long been associated with the revival of Arrested Development no longer needs taking. According to EW, Netflix has signed a deal that will bring new episodes of the beloved Fox comedy to the company's online-streaming service in the first half of 2013.

There aren't many details available yet, as most of the information is coming from little birdies, but the new episodes will be exclusive to Netflix subscribers. I'm just guessing here, but I also suspect they'll be minimally ad-supported (like Hulu).

Netflix has made a big push toward original programming as it prepares to enter the next phase of content-providing. So far this year, the company has signed a deal for exclusive rights to House of Cards, a new series starring Kevin Spacey, and is working on a comedy project about female prison inmates from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan. Now it has Arrested Development? Major player!

I have mixed feelings about the news. I love Arrested Development and pop in the DVDs whenever I'm a sad panda, but Season 3 wasn't as good as Seasons 1 and 2, and have you seen what Mitch Hurwitz, creator of Arrested Development, has done since the show was canceled? He brought Sit Down, Shut Up and Running Wilde to air, and has had several failed pilots. If Arrested Development does return, it's going to need Hurwitz to return to form too.

I'm cautiously optimistic.


Are you excited about the return of Arrested Development? Will you get Netflix because of it?


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Wooohooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Arrested Development is so fawesome I'll just hope for the best!!! The payoff would be well worth it! Now FOX, Firefly!
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Love it! Now I only need to start using Netflix :/
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Ambivalence about this. "AD" was so side-splittingly good yet "SD, SU" was so intolerably bad. "RW" was somewhere in between, veering much more towards the bad/boring end of the spectrum. So here's hoping that Mitch gets his groove back. He better not mess this up!



Will Arnett fans should definitely give his current NBC sitcom -- "Up All Night" -- a shot. It's very entertaining (IMO). But to see him really cut loose, seek out the first season of IFC's "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret." It features Will only as a minor character but in one of his most memorable roles, with some brutally hilarious profanity.



Anyway, looking forward to what will hopefully be more goodness from Mitch and the gang.

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Add a comment...Arrested Development is the funniest show ever made - so glad it's coming back. And to address the user who calls himself tvspot - why would you even say a comment like that? Any reason why - or you just come on here to hate. I suggest you go blue yourself. :)
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I saw reruns of that show....it sucks
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Oh YEAH!!! =D Les Bluth ma famille de disfonctionelle prfr recommence en 2013 apres s'avoir arreter en 2006 =D C tu po gmiale :D
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When I first got into Netflix, I lovd the idea behind it, and thought that it could be a serious competition for regular TV stations if they ever decided to expand beyond just streaming already made TV shows and movies, and actually made their own. Also, given the trend of TV stations to cancel potentially great TV shows, I also thought they could come in and fix those mistakes for the most popular and most promising canceled TV shows. But part of me didn't really think it would happen. But now, with two original series and Arrested Development, it looks like they had similar ideas. Hopefully these shows are successful enough to convince them to continue in this direction. Either way, it's great to know that there will be new episodes of Arrested Development. It's such a great comedy series.
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I NEED NETFLIX'S
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i'm so in love with AD that my heart was broken since the show ended. This news is fking great!!!! Hope there is no shjt along the way of the returning of the best comedy ever
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This f*** made my day
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Great news. :)
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I liked both Sit Down, Shut Up, and Running Wilde, both started a bit mediocre, but both grew to become pretty good shows, nothing compared to AD, but still worth watching. Also, I disagree with season 3 being worse than season 1 or 2, all three seasons are perfect, and the only episodes that aren't amazing are the pilot, and the one where they try getting money from their uncle.



Also, I just blue myself when I heard the news.
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M'kay, saying that Season 3 wasn't as good as Seasons 1 & 2 is a matter of degrees. Seasons 1 and 2 rate an overall 10, and Season 3 rates an overall 9.5 (because, admittedly, the jokes were starting to repeat and become self-derivative). No show on TV, not a one, has AD's batting average. I rate perhaps half of the episodes as Perfect 10's, and I hardly award a Perfect 10 to anything.



Nor am I particularly worried about Mitch Hurwitz. AD always revolved around its stellar cast and its writing staff. Even if Hurwitz is "off his game," he'll have plenty of support.



If this show comes back as a shadow of its former self, it'll be a very tall shadow. Sign me up, mix me the whiskey sours, and pre-order me Season 4 on DVD; I'm onboard.
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Huh. season 3 was awesome, dont know what show you watched.
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Yawn
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This is huge. Not only for Arrested Development. If you know what I mean. #sixseasonsandamovie
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Only on Netflix? What?? Well, I guess I'll just use torrents then...
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Also looks like I'm being forced out of editor retirement in 2013!
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Running Wilde wasn't bad at all. On the other hand, I could not make it past 4 minutes of SD,SU - easily the worst cartoon I've ever seen. Still haven't seen that Allen Gregory, so there could be competition.
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I'm afraid I prematurely shot my wad on what was supposed to be a dry run if you will, so I'm afraid I have something of a mess on my hands.
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Well that makes sense considering Ron Howard is working on the Episodes and the movie that will follow.
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more stuff on the netflix deal

http://www.movieweb.com/news/arrested-development-returns-with-new-episodes-on-netflix
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http://www.movieweb.com/news/arrested-development-returning-to-television

Here's a link to some more info if your wondering
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Season 3 was the best.
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Now I have to get Netflix... in 2013.
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I'm so excited, I just blue myself.
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This is why I am paying $14.95 a month.
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Amazing. Just amazing!

I guess I'll have to get Netflix now, assuming it's available in Sweden :)
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your outside America....just download it for free
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You mean.. Like illegal!?!? That's illegal! ........ I would never do that......................... Or maybe I would......... But when it comes to Arrested Development I want to give my support.
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Shhhh its ok, its the American way!
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Just. One. Word: Yeeeaaaahhh!!!!
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