Netflix Gets ‘Arrested Development’ Reboot18 Nov, 2011 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Critically-acclaimed series canceled in 2006 coming back exclusively to Netflix in 2013
In a rare deal, 20th Century Fox Television and Netflix Nov. 18 said they have partnered for a reboot of critically acclaimed comedy “Arrested Development,” starring Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett and Michael Cera, among others.
Los Gatos, Calif.-based Netflix, beginning in 2013, will have exclusive rights to the show. It marks the first time in Fox’s history that the studio’s TV production arm will produce original first-run entertainment content for a subscription video-on-demand service.
The Emmy-winning comedy had its final broadcast on February 10, 2006, and concerned Michael Bluth (Bateman) and his eccentric family composed of his son, George Michael (Cera); his father, George Bluth Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor); his mother, Lucille (Jessica Walter); his brothers, George Oscar Bluth II (Arnett) and Buster Bluth (Tony Hale); sister Lindsay Funke (de Rossi); Lindsay's husband, Tobias (David Cross); and their daughter, Maeby (Alia Shawkat).
The show is co-produced by Imagine Entertainment, which is co-owned by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.
“'Arrested Development' is one of the finest American comedies in TV history, and its return through Netflix is a perfect example of how we are working closely with studios and networks to provide consumers with entertainment they love,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer, said in a statement.