In a first of its kind move for Netflix, the streaming video kingpin has inked a deal with 'Arrested Development' mastermind Mitch Hurwitz to develop and produce multiple new series' for the company.
According to Deadline, the multi-year deal will see Hurwitz not only create and produce his own original comedy series for Netflix, but also team up with other content creators to executive produce and develop their own pet projects. He will also serve as a general consultant on comedy development for the streaming giant.
This continues an already successful relationship between Netflix and Hurwitz, sparked, of course, by last year's long awaited revival season of 'Arrested Development.' The new batch of episodes was by and large well received both by critics and fans (even earning three Emmy nominations), although there is sadly still nothing new to report on the "will 'Arrested Development' get a fifth season" front.
There have apparently been conversations between Hurwitz and Netflix about continuing the series, but nothing really substantial has come of them yet. That said, an ongoing relationship between the two parties makes another 'Arrested' season a lot more likely than it would be otherwise. The biggest stumbling block is probably the schedules of the various cast members, most of which remain in demand for new TV and film projects.
It'll be interesting to see what Hurwitz's first original creation post-'Arrested' is, and whether the show's legions of fans will be willing to follow him in whatever new direction he chooses to go. If years go by with no more episodes of 'Arrested Development,' will the fanbase eventually grow to resent Hurwitz for moving on to other creative endeavors? Only time will tell, but it sounds like we'll have multiple years of new Mitch Hurwitz comedy to look forward to either way.