The return of the cult sitcom has been 'huge' for Netflix, says CEO
Netflix is keen to commission more episodes of Arrested Development, the company’s CEO has hinted.
Having revived the cult US sitcom after a seven-year hiatus, Netflix launched 15 brand new episodes simultaneously this Sunday (May 26). Original cast members Jason Bateman (pictured below), Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett and Michael Cera have 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 – is proving divisive. However, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings insisted the show has been a hit for the streaming service, telling CNBC: “It’s been huge, just as we had hoped.” (Sadly for Hastings, the new season is also proving popular with online pirates.)
When asked about making another new season of Arrested Development, the CEO replied: “Arrested is unique, because that’s really up to the talent. If the talent were willing to do more, and interested in that, I’m sure we would be willing.”
However, the show’s creator Mitch Hurwitz said back in January (2013) that he wanted to follow the Netflix episodes with a full-length Arrested Development feature film. “This is the first act of what we would like to complete in a movie,” he explained at the time. “These are episodes that set that up. One does not work without the other.”