Jessica Walter says “everybody is on board” for a fifth season of ‘Arrested Development’

Walter plays the Bluth matriarch Lucille on the cult show

Jessica Walter has said that the prospect of a fifth season of Arrested Development is “looking real good,” confirming that “everyone is on board.”

The cult comedy series originally aired in 2003, earning widespread critical acclaim before being cancelled in 2006 by Fox, owing to poor ratings. The show was then revived by Netflix in 2013 for a fourth season of fifteen episodes.

Talk of a fifth season has grown this year, with Netflix boss Ted Sarandos saying in July that “it was only a matter of when” and series creator Mitch Hurwitz stating that production on new episodes could begin early next year.


Quizzed by reporters backstage at the Creative Arts Emmys last night (September 11), Walter – who played the Bluth matriarch, Lucille, on the show – said that the prospect of a fifth season was looking “real good”, as Indiewire reports. “I don’t have dates, but everybody is on board.”

This statement corresponds with Hurwitz’s statement back in July, when he gave an update on the progress of a fifth season of Arrested Development.

“We’re very close,” he said. “It’s what we’re trying to accomplish. Several stories have already been broken and are ready to go. But just like last season, it’s up to figuring out how to work around the actors’ schedules.”