Jason Bateman Closes Deal for 'Arrested Development' Season 5 at Netflix

Jackie Newman
May 15, 2017

Enter prodigal son Michael Bluth himself, Jason Bateman, who on Friday tweeted it was "very probable" he would "put some miles on the Stair Car this summer." Why?

The show, after completing its three-season run on Fox from 2003-2006, made an uncanny resurrection on Netflix after almost a decade of dormancy.

The fourth season was not without its flaws - some would argue that the third season wasn't either - but there's still a lot of love out there for Arrested Development and with good reason too. There is no timeline provided as to when Season 5 will be released either.

Producer Mitch Hurwitz a year ago said he was "very close" to cutting a deal with Netflix for a fifth season. Netflix revived it for a fourth season in 2013, which had mixed reviews - the show's structure was changed radically to account for the cast's varied schedules.

"We're very close", he said.

Twentieth Century Fox Television and Netflix have yet to comment on the new season, so we'll have to see if we're actually getting those 17 episodes. Will the new episodes reunite the entire Bluth family cast? After all, most of the fun of watching Arrested Development comes from seeing the core group of actors interact with and play off of one another.

Are you excited that Jason Bateman has now officially joined the cast for Season 5 of Arrested Development?

It's still not very clear if the show's other original stars will also be back and we're referring to Will Arnett, Portia de Rossi, Michael Cera, David Cross, Alia Shawkat, Tony Hale, Jeffrey Tambor, and Jessica Walter.

Four years after Netflix reloaded Arrested Development, it seems that the fifth season is still on track, just as planned.

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