Arrested Development returns for its long-awaited fourth season on Sunday: fifteen brand-new episodes of the series will premiere on Netflix all at once. It's been almost seven years since we last saw the Bluth family -- the show went off the air in 2006 -- and some fans are naturally worried that we might not see them again after season 4. Netflix has certainly been reluctant to discuss a future for the series beyond season 4, despite creator Mitch Hurwitz's repeated assurances that an Arrested Development movie is coming down the pipleine.
But now, it seems, we're getting more good news regarding the future of the series. Earlier this week, star Jason Bateman seemed to indicate that season 4 was the first in a "trio" of new Arrested Development material. And now, it looks like Netflix is on board with ordering more of the Bluth family's antics.
"We would love to do more," head of programming Ted Sarandos told The Hollywod Reporter. "And we have a deal in place that says that there could be. The problem is logistics. They were all working full-time and doing this show in between, and they did it for the love of the show and for Mitch Hurwitz. If we can muster up that love again, we’d love to do it again. And we have talked openly about a movie scenario, too."
So, despite some initial caginess, it looks like Netflix is willing to give us more of the Bluths. It looks like Arrested Development's fourth season won't be its final countdown after all.
Arrested Development season 4 premieres Sunday, May 26 on Netflix.