Last month, “Arrested Development” creator Mitch Hurwitz announced that there would be a 9- or 10-episode season of the show that would serve as a primer for the long-awaited, forever-germinating “Arrested Development” movie. Late on Friday afternoon, Netflix announced that it would stream the new season in early 2013. (Good call on making the announcement Friday afternoon, by the way. That way it has all weekend to fall out of Monday’s headlines.)
Netflix said on Friday that it had struck a deal for new episodes with the makers of the show, 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Television. The episodes are to start appearing on the service in 2013. “Bringing a series back from cancellation almost never happens, but then, ‘Arrested’ always was about as unconventional as they get, so it seems totally appropriate that this show that broke the mold is smashing it to pieces once again,” the founders of Imagine, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, said in a statement. Streaming episodes of the critically acclaimed show have remained popular among Netflix subscribers, giving the company the confidence to make more. [NYT]
So it’s really happening. This is fantastic news, if only because it shows that years of fanboy whining has finally paid off. That means we could get a fourth season of “Community” in 2018.