In an interview with USA Today this week, Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos has announced that he is “positive” that there will be a fifth season of “Arrested Development” but that it is “just a matter of when.”
There was over a seven year gap between the end of season three of the show on Fox and the premiere of season 4 on Netflix, which was released May 2013.
The biggest issue in reviving the series has been scheduling for the actors who have faced many conflicting obligations. In the lapse of time between the seasons, the actors have gained more popularity and therefore participated in other ventures.
The biggest criticism of season 4 of “Arrested Development” was the format. Sarandos accepted this evaluation which stipulated “that the cast didn’t appear on screen enough together,” deeming it as “fair criticism.” The show was compelled to take on this format, however, because it was nearly impossible to get all nine of the leads on at the same time. Apparently, “Arrested Development” creator Mitchell Hurwitz will avoid this problem in a new season.
In 2004, “Arrested Development” won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series for its first season. Now the fourth season is up for three awards at this month’s Emmy’s, including Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Music Composition for a Series, and Outstanding Single-camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series.
No official confirmations about season 5 have been released yet. Nevertheless, Hurwitz previously said that he would like to do a new season of the show about every 2 to 3 years. Hurwitz is also likely to have plans for an “Arrested Development” film. He said that it would be more plausible to round up the cast for a month long shooting period before another season of the show is made.