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Wednesday 17 September 2014

'Arrested Development' to return to Netflix for fifth season

Published 08/08/2014 | 13:17

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The fourth series of Arrested Development helped Netflex lure new subscribers
The fourth series of Arrested Development helped Netflex lure new subscribers

Arrested Development star Will Arnett has confirmed that the popular US TV series will return to on-demand internet service Netflix for a fifth season.

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Speaking on NBC's Today programme, he said, "We are going to do more Arrested Development. [Netflix CEO] Ted Sarandos and Netflix kind of let the cat out of the bag on that one.

"It's something we all want to do, so we're excited."

The series was cancelled by Fox back in 2006 after three seasons but was resurrected for a fourth last year by Netflix.

Earlier this year, the series' creator, Mitch Hurwitz, signed a several-year contract with Netflix lining him up not only to write the fifth season of Arrested Development but to also develop and produce other new series for the service.

The fourth season of the show failed to hit the dizzying heights of the previous three series for fans, with Sarandos admitting to USA Today this week that it was a 'fair criticism' of the season that the cast didn't appear on screen often enough together.

Scheduling conflicts need to be ironed out before production can begin on a fifth season.

Netflix has yet to confirm a release date for the new series.

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