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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