Netflix Launching ‘Arrested Development’ Revival May 264 Apr, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Quirky comedy with Jason Bateman headlining the dysfunctional Bluth family includes an extra episode
Netflix will make available all 15 new episodes of quirky comedy “Arrested Development” globally beginning May 26 at 12:01 a.m. PT.
The launch includes an additional episode from the 14 recently announced, which was four more installments than the 10 episodes Netflix initially said it would stream when bringing back the former Fox television show and original cast.
Created by Mitchell Hurwitz, the sitcom stars Jason Bateman as the lone “normal” member of the crazy Bluth family who spend much of their time leading extravagant lifestyles underlined by grifting, backstabbing, greed and manipulation in and around Marina del Ray and Culver City, Calif.
“Development” originally aired from 2003 to 2006 on Fox, garnering a cult following and numerous Emmy Awards but shallow ratings.
The show centers on Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) and his eccentric family comprised of his son, George Michael (Michael Cera), his father, George Bluth Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor), his mother, Lucille (Jessica Walter), his brothers, George Oscar Bluth II (Will Arnett), Buster Bluth (Tony Hale) and sister Lindsay Funke (Portia de Rossi), and Lindsay's husband, Tobias (David Cross), and their daughter, Maeby (Alia Shawkat).
The show helped jumpstart careers for Bateman, Cera and Arnett. In 2007, Time listed it among the magazine’s “100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME.” In 2008, the show was ranked 16th on Entertainment Weekly’s “New TV Classics” list. In 2011, IGN named “Arrested Development” the funniest show of all time.
“'Arrested Development' is now widely viewed as one of the top TV comedies of all time and Mitch Hurwitz is bringing it to Netflix in a brand-new way, crafted for the on-demand generation that has come to discover the show in the years since it last appeared on TV,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix. “The highly anticipated return of this show is sure to make history all over again.”