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Ever since Netflix resurrected Arrested Development, with Season 4 debuting back in 2013, fans have been wondering when we might get Season 5. There has been talk of an Arrested Development movie that would arrive before Season 5, but we haven't heard anything about a movie in quite some time. During the streaming service's TCA press tour presentation earlier today, chief content officer Ted Sarandos revealed that negotiations are under way with cast members for new episodes, although it is quite a long process.
"We're plugging along. It's a long complex deal to make for these guys both because the talent is very busy and working on other shows. But also because the show is owned by [20th Century] Fox. The intent is to have a new season of Arrested Development, and all negotiations are underway."
Back in April, executive producer Brian Grazer revealed that they are producing a 17-episode Season 5, with production scheduled to begin »
Those crazy Bluths aren’t finished quite yet. Fans of the Fox cult comedy Arrested Development were over the moon when Netflix resuscitated the long-since-canceled series for a fourth season, despite the final product ending up as a slightly uneven, much less hilarious go-round than the first three seasons. Luckily, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos remains committed to giving creator Mitchell Hurwitz another chance to get the formula right.
At the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour, Sarandos spoke at length about Netflix’s upcoming slate, revealing that BoJack Horseman would be coming back – and that Lilyhammer would not – in addition to a slew of upcoming originals. And when asked about the current status of a fifth season of Arrested Development, he seemed cautiously optimistic:
“We are plugging along… It’s a very long complex deal to make for these guys both because the talent is very busy and working on other shows, »
- Isaac Feldberg
“We’re plugging along. It’s a long, complex deal, Sarandos responded. “The talent is very busy…and it’s owned by Fox.”
He continued, “It is our intent to have a new season. All the negotiations are underway.”
In a new GQ interview, out today, “Arrested Development” creator Mitch Hurwitz — who inked a multiyear deal with Netflix in April 2014 to produce, develop and create new projects — confirmed that he’s actively working to make season five happen. “My hope is to start the writers’ room on it this summer, while they’re making deals with the cast, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Whether you thought Season 4 of Arrested Development was “a huge mistake” or you “prematurely shot your wad” while watching it, there can be no doubt that Netflix’s recent announcement that it has commissioned a fifth season to air in 2016 is exciting news. There are few comedies as utterly hilarious and self-referential as Arrested Development, and any opportunity to expand on its characters and innumerable in-jokes is more than welcome!
There were certainly problems with the fourth season, and it probably didn’t quite match the high points of the original three seasons, but there was definitely more than enough there to suggest that a fifth season could be a huge success. Plus the inventive narrative structure suggested that Mitchell Hurwitz and his team certainly haven’t run out of innovative ideas as yet.
This article lists just 9 things that it would be great to see in the new season. »
- Michael Waugh
Last month, Arrested Development executive producer Brian Grazer revealed that Season 5 is happening on Netflix, with production to start next January and the episodes slated to air "about four months after" shooting begins. While promoting Archer at Comic-Con this week, actress Jessica Walter revealed a very intriguing detail about how the new season begins. Here's what she had to say at the event.
"They're talking about Arrested Development coming back, so I called Mitchell Hurwitz, our creator, commander-in-chief, brilliant person, and I said, 'What should I say, if I'm asked?' And he said, 'You can tell them that you've been in touch with me, and that Brian Grazer wants to do it, and that, now that Buster has been arrested for the murder of Liza Minnelli, we're very anxious to get this [season] started."
We all know Arrested Development‘s Lucille Bluth gets off on withholding — but here’s hoping she doesn’t exercise that tactic when it comes to her son’s bail money.
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During an interview at TVLine’s Comic-Con video suite at the Hard Rock Hotel, Lucille’s portrayer Jessica Walter spilled exclusive intel about executive producer Mitch Hurwitz’s plan for a possible Season 5 on Netflix.
When Walter asked Hurwitz for Arrested news she could share while promoting Archer in San Diego, he had this to say: “Now »
If you laughed at Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, were intrigued by House of Cards and missed sleep to race through season three of Orange is the New Black, you’re going to want to watch what Netflix does next. Arguably the most exciting of the upcoming shows it has announced in the past week is a comedy called Lady Dynamite, conceived by Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz and Us comedian Maria Bamford. Bamford will play the eponymous heroine, and (fingers crossed) this could be the star vehicle her unique talents deserve.
If you know who she is, it is most likely from her two appearances on Louie or her turn as DeBrie Bardeaux, the butter-chomping addict who beguiles Tobias in »
- Diane Shipley
Netflix’s expansion into original content has seen the streaming giant enter the foray with a number of genres, from family dramas such as Bloodline to horror shows such as Hemlock Grove, and even comedy series such as Grace and Frankie and the revival of the cult hit Arrested Development. Now the service is poised to add anotehr entry into its genre, giving popular standup comedian Maria Bamford a platform in the process, as it has given a 13-episode order to Lady Dynamite, a single-camera show starring Bamford.
Bamford’s television work has been mostly in voiceover roles, with her most prominent onscreen performance coming in the now-cancelled TBS series Benched. Lady Dynamite will be executive produced by Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz, who co-wrote the pilot with Hot Rod and South Park writer Pam Brady. Bamford and Hurwitz previously worked together on Arrested Development. Bamford is also onboard as executive producer, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Comedienne Maria Bamford stars in the occasionally surreal series inspired by multiple periods across the span of he life, it tells the story of a woman who loses - and then finds - her s--t.
Hurwitz and Pam Brady ("South Park") wrote the pilot and will both executive produce with Bamford, while Brady will also serve as show runner. The streaming service has ordered 13 episodes of the series which will debut in 2016.
Source: The Live Feed »
- Garth Franklin
While we wait for Netflix and Mitch Hurwitz to deliver another season of Arrested Development, they’ve got a little something else brewing with Arrested Development co-star Maria Bamford. Netflix has just picked up Lady Dynamite, a new original series executive produced by Hurwitz and starring Bamford. Get all the details on the Maria Bamford Netflix comedy after […]
- Angie Han
Painfully funny comic Maria Bamford is finally getting her own show. Netflix ordered 13 half-hour episodes of the single-camera comedy Lady Dynamite, based on different periods of her life. According to the streaming giant, the show is expected to tell "the story of a woman who loses — and then finds — her shit" in a refracted, surrealistic way, which sounds in line with her weird web series, The Maria Bamford Show. Bamford will be producing alongside Mitch Hurwitz and Pam Brady. Just when we started to get a little worried that Netflix was running out of good ideas, they reel us back in with this gem. This is basically as good as juicing bonsai trees and sitting in your truth. »
- E. Alex Jung
Mitch Hurwitz is writing again, but it's not a new season of "Arrested Development." Instead, stand-up comedy and web series fans can rejoice as a long-hailed cult comedienne is getting her own show via everyone's go-to medium these days: Netflix. "Lady Dynamite" is based on what star Maria Bamford — who many may remember as Debrie in "Arrested Development" Season 4 — has accepted as "her life," though the "surreal" episodes will be "refracted over multiple periods" chronicling various events inspired by Bamford's experiences. Hurwitz co-wrote the pilot episode with Pam Brady, and he, Brady and Bamford all serve as executive producers on the upcoming series. Read More: 7 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in June 2015 (And the Best Episodes of Each) No release date was provided in the press release, but 13 30-minute episodes have been ordered of the single-camera comedy. "Lady Dynamite" joins the ranks...
- Ben Travers
Mitch Hurwitz is writing again, but it's not a new season of "Arrested Development." Instead, stand-up comedy and web series fans can rejoice as a long-hailed cult comedienne is getting her own show via everyone's go-to medium these days: Netflix. "Lady Dynamite" is based on what star Maria Bamford — who many may remember as Debrie in "Arrested Development" Season 4 — has accepted as "her life," though the "surreal" episodes will be "refracted over multiple periods" chronicling various events inspired by Bamford's experiences. Hurwitz co-wrote the pilot episode with Pam Brady, and he, Brady and Bamford all serve as executive producers on the upcoming series. Read More: 7 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in June 2015 (And the Best Episodes of Each) No release date was provided in the press release, but 13 30-minute episodes have been ordered of the single-camera comedy. "Lady Dynamite" joins the ranks »
- Ben Travers
Netflix has ordered the comedy series “Lady Dynamite,” which stars actress-comedian Maria Bamford and is based on what she’s accepted to be “her life.”
The occasionally surreal 13 episodes of the single-camera comedy are said to “tell the story of a woman who loses – and then finds – her s–t.”
Bamford is producing the series with “South Park’s” Pam Brady and “Arrested Development” creator Mitch Hurwitz. Hurwitz signed a lucrative multiyear production deal with Netflix in 2014, which may result in more “Arrested Development” episodes.
“Lady Dynamite” is a Netflix production.
- Whitney Friedlander
Netflix apparently thinks funny woman Maria Bamford will do a bang-up job: The streaming video service has greenlit Lady Dynamite, a series inspired by the comedienne’s life.
According to the official description, Lady Dynamite “tells the story of a woman who loses — and then finds — her s–t.”
In addition to her stand-up act, Bamford is known for her Web series »
Netflix has ordered a new half-hour comedy series starring comedian Maria Bamford, the streaming service announced on Friday. “Lady Dynamite,” a Netflix production executive produced by Pam Brady, Mitch Hurwitz and Bamford, is based on the life of the series star. According to the streaming service, occasionally surreal episodes refracted across multiple periods inspired by Bamford’s life, tell the story of a woman “who loses — and then finds — her shit.” Also read: Matt Smith, John Lithgow Officially Cast in Netflix Series 'The Crown' The single-camera comedy series has received a 13-episode order. Bamford, who does a lot of voice work for animated series, »
- Greg Gilman
Netflix boss Ted Sarandos said in January that the Internet network is aiming at offering as many as 20 original scripted series a year. The company is well on its way with a slew of new series pickups in the past few months. The latest is Lady Dynamite, a single-camera comedy starring actress-comedian Maria Bamford. It is executive produced by Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz who has a deal at Netflix and cast Bamford as Debris Bardeaux in the new installment… »
Netflix and Mitch Hurwitz are teaming up again, but it's not on a new season of Arrested Development (yet). The streaming service has ordered a new comedy series executive produced by Hurwitz and starring comedienne Maria Bamford, it was announced Friday. Lady Dynamite, a single-camera half-hour comedy, is based on what Bamford has accepted to be "her life." The occasionally surreal episodes, inspired by multiple periods across the span of her life, tell the story of a woman who loses — and then finds — her shit. Read More Netflix Signs Mitch Hurwitz to Multiyear Deal, Plots
- Kate Stanhope
Looking ahead to the new season, TV is looking way back.
“These revivals came to us in the form of original creators having a burning passion to revisit their shows,” NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke tells Variety. “In the case of both ‘Coach’ and ‘Heroes,’ both creators came in to talk about why they think these shows needed to come back to network television. They had relevant stories to tell.”
Though these new shows have familiar titles, don’t expect the TV revival trend to look like repeats. “We couldn’t argue with the fact the new creative directions were really compelling,” Salke says. “We would have leaned into these projects even if there hadn’t been an original series. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
"Sense8" is a show that could only exist on Netflix (or another streaming service like it), because no human would have the patience to watch it weekly. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. Among its originals, Netflix has some great shows ("Orange Is the New Black" and "BoJack Horseman," to name two) and some lesser ones, but good or bad, the Netflix series only occasionally seem made with the Netflix distribution model in mind. Though they have serialized elements, most of them are structured in the exact same way as their counterparts that air in a traditional pattern on cable or broadcast TV. (Ditto most of Amazon's originals.) Previous attempts to design shows explicitly for the streaming/binge world — like Mitch Hurwitz's aborted plan to make "Arrested Development" season 4 viewable in any order — haven't worked out, and I'm still waiting for someone to find a way to explicitly »
- Alan Sepinwall
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