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Arrested Development: Hurwitz Up for Seasons Five and Six

season four of Arrested DevelopmentProduction on the fourth season of (previously cancelled) sitcom Arrested Development is expected to get underway this summer. You can expect Netflix to release the entire season at once, “sometime next year.” The video subscription service made the announcement in Las Vegas on Tuesday evening at an NAB event.

Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz originally said that each of the 10 episodes would revolve around catching up with individual characters and build towards the planned feature film.

Now, he says that episodes will feel a lot more like the original show because he wants to take advantage of all of the new installments being released at once. Hurwitz said, “There’s going to be some mystery sprinkled throughout this (but) instead of watching one a week and try to get ahead of it, the hope is (fans) will watch them all together and then go back and look for clues and connections… We’d also like to use the technology to provide additional material, where you might be able to access another part of the story.”

He also said that, if season four proves successful enough, he and his team would like to produce seasons five and six of Arrested Development for Netflix. Hurwitz was joined at the event by TV series castmembers Will Arnett, David Cross, Jessica Walters, Jeffrey Tambor, and Alia Shawkat.

Releasing all of an original show’s episodes at the same time isn’t new for Netflix. Lilyhammer, the company’s first original series, debuted on February 6th with all eight episodes of its first season. Starring Steven Van Zandt as an American mobster in Norway, Netflix has already ordered a second season.

Two more Netflix original series, House of Cards and Hemlock Grove, are also in the works.

What do you think? Are you looking forward to season four? How many seasons should they reasonably make?

 

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AlexT February 4, 2013 at 11:43 pm

I’m soo excited! Just a few months to go and the new season will be released! Hope it’s going to be a big hit and they produce some more. Season 5 & 6 would be AWESOME!

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Watcher April 20, 2012 at 12:59 am

And I may be in the minority here as well, but even though I’m a HUGE fan of the original series, it seems over by now. It’s been a very long time and the momentum’s gone. The kids are all grown and we’re all in a different place. Reminds me a little of the overkill that was Sex and the City. By the second film everyone was old and it was just embarrassing.

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Coffeemarc April 19, 2012 at 3:10 pm

I might be in the minority here, but I’m not sure releasing all the new episodes all at once is a good idea. There’s something to be said for the ritual of eagerly waiting each week for the new episode. I suppose it depends what you prefer, have your money last a while in Vegas, or blow it all at once? Yes, I know marathoning through TV series on Netflix is a wonderful thing, but these are NEW episodes being shown for the first time. Do we really want it all at once and then it’s done? It’s like being a kid anticipating Christmas for weeks (or months) then in 30 minutes it’s over, and you have to wait a year for that feeling again. Anyways, I suppose I can just force myself to watch just one or two per week. Right.

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