The Bluths are back! News broke earlier this year that the beloved comedy series Arrested Development would return - first as a fourth season and then as a blowout movie. Now, details of the long-awaited return have emerged and we can expect to see the critically acclaimed Fox series make its debut on Nextflix.
The bad news: we have to wait until early 2013.
The good news: the entire cast has reportedly signed on.
The eccentric ensemble show followed the antics of the tragically inept Bluth family. The series, whose stars included Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Michael Cera and Portia de Rossi, was cancelled over five years ago, but it continues to garner new fans via DVDs and reruns.
The details of the Netflix deal are fuzzy. The beleaguered movie-rental company has made a push for more original content lately (like the political drama House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey) to combat rising monthly costs.
The company's comedy of errors began when it announced it would split the pricing of its DVD delivery and streaming services, virtually doubling the cost of similar service, then winced at customer outrage, renamed its DVD service ... and then changed its mind again.
Netflix made a series of announcements to counteract the tumultuous months, like the content agreements with Kevin Smith, ABC, and MGM and platform advancements, including availability on Amazon Kindle Fire and the Nook.
The announcement on Friday was the latest push by Netflix to win back customers.
'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, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement.
It's also a perfect example of how broad and successful our relationship has become with Fox as we work together with their film, television, international and digital divisions on several exciting initiatives, Sarandos added.
Netflix broke the deal for the new episodes for its streaming service with Twentieth Century Fox Television, which originally co-produced the show for its sister network Fox along with Imagine Entertainment.
Like Family Guy and Futurama before, Twentieth Century Fox has a habit of bringing shows back from the dead.
Bringing a classic show back to production on new episodes exclusively for Netflix customers is a game changer, and illustrates the incredible potential the new digital landscape affords great content providers like Twentieth Century Fox Television and Imagine, said Peter Levinsohn, Fox Filmed Entertainment's President of New Media & Digital Distribution.
Arrested Development, once named the best TV show of all time by Time magazine, is the rental service's highest-profile project to date.
Ron Howard, the series producer/narrator, has said, After a long hiatus, I'm dying to finally get back to the narrator's microphone.
There's no word on exactly how many episodes will be released, nor have any announcements been made about the rumored movie. Arrested Development isn't shy about pushing the fourth wall, but it's unclear how the writers will address the Bluths' sudden disappearance and re-emergence.
Since the show will no longer have to bend to network TV censors, expect the fourth season to push the envelope even further!