‘Arrested Development’ to return to Netflix for season 5

'Warming up my uncredited narrator vocal chords,' Ron Howard says of beloved comedy's return

‘Arrested Development’ to return to Netflix for season 5


The Bluth family's antics are coming back to Netflix. The streaming service announced on Wednesday that 'Arrested Development' will return for its fifth season in 2018. The show is one of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.

After three critically acclaimed, but low-rated, seasons on Fox from 2004 to 2006, Mitch Hurwitz's cult comedy series was revived by Netflix in 2013, with the entire regular cast uniting for season four. Hurwitz and the original cast will again return for season five, which was delayed until all the talent involved could fit 'Arrested Development' into their schedules, Variety reports.

"In talks with Netflix we all felt that that stories about a narcissistic, erratically behaving family in the building business - and their desperate abuses of power - are really underrepresented on TV these days," Hurwitz said in a statement, shading the Trump clan. "I am so grateful to them and to 20th TV for making this dream of mine come true in bringing the Bluths, George Sr, Lucille and the kids; Michael, Ivanka, Don Jr, Eric, George-Michael, and who am I forgetting, oh Tiffany. Did I say Tiffany? - back to the glorious stream of life."

Ron Howard, who produces and narrates the series, added in a statement, "Whew! I can finally answer the question. Hell yes! Warming up my uncredited narrator vocal chords. Now the only thing I will have to be coy about is all the craziness the Bluths are going to face this season."

The confirmation of 'Arrested Development' fifth season comes less than a week after star Jason Bateman Tweeted, "Look very probable I'm going to put some miles on the Stair Car this summer. Just officially signed on to more 'Arrested Development' today." 

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