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July 12, 2013

Netflix 'in talks' for more episodes of 'Arrested Development'

Streaming service has recently revived the cult US sitcom after a seven-year hiatus

Netflix 'in talks' for more episodes of 'Arrested Development'

Netflix is now "in talks" with the makers of Arrested Development about another new season of the cult US sitcom.

Brian Grazer, co-chairman of Imagine Entertainment, the production company that makes Arrested Development, told Bloomberg Television yesterday (July 11): "We are in conversations with them to do another. They are interested in doing that."

A Netflix representative, speaking to Variety, confirmed that the streaming service is "interested in doing another season of Arrested Development if it is logistically possible".

Both sides are expecting to agree a deal for more episodes eventually, a source added, but "active negotiations" aren't taking place yet and the new season wouldn't start shooting until summer 2015 at the earliest because of the cast members' packed schedules.

Having revived the cult US sitcom after a seven-year hiatus, Netflix launched 15 brand new episodes simultaneously on May 26. Original cast members Jason Bateman, (pictured above), Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett and Michael Cera all reprised their roles as members of the eccentric and dysfunctional Bluth clan.

The new season has received mixed reviews from TV critics and the show's revised format – whereby each episode revolves around a single Bluth family member – has proved divisive. However, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has recently insisted the show has been a "huge" hit for the streaming service.

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