Fox made a huge mistake by canceling Arrested Development in 2006. Looks like Netflix is making a redemption, however, by offering new episodes to subscribers in 2013.
The show, which ran for three seasons, has become a cult classic amongst dry-absurd-humor loving watchers (read: me) who have longed for more episodes of the Bluth family’s antics. Rumors of a movie have circulated since its small screen departure without much fruits for the scuttlebutt labor. Contractual issues were blamed for the delay, but it looks like Netflix found the money in the banana stand before movie producers and is giving fans the fix.
“Starting in 2013, all new episodes of ‘Arrested Development’ will be available exclusively to U.S. Netflix Members to watch instantly!” Netflix announced on Twitter.
For awhile there, it seemed like Netflix’s customer-friendly hand had been bitten off by the seal of stupidity when it created and then killed off Qwikster, the proposed DVD rental arm of Netflix. After backlash to the odd separation, Netflix quickly burned the split and kept its company whole. Still upset customers retaliated by canceling their subscriptions, resulting in a loss of 800,000 subscribers in the third quarter of 2011.
After its spell of vertigo, however, Netflix has stopped dragging its feet and finally given users something, well, awesome.
Ron Howard, creator of Arrested Development and narrator of the show, tweeted, “Gotta warm up my throat and start practicing…. ‘it’s Arrested….Development’ Good news,” as well as, “Many thanks to you ever-so-vocal Arrested Development supporters Wouldn’t have gotten here without you.”
The episodes should be ready in 2013, but will only be available to Netflix members in the United States. Whether this will be expanded internationally is unclear.
I think Jason Bateman, the actor behind main character Michael Bluth, said it best when he tweeted, “Netflix is gassing up the staircar! I don’t think I’ve ever been happier to wear a pair of khakis.”
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