Netflix Saves Our Bluths, Rescues Canceled Arrested Development

Bluth boosters will finally get what they’ve been clamoring for since 2006: more episodes of Arrested Development.

The series won’t return to Fox, its home for three years, but will instead appear on Netflix, the DVD and streaming giant announced. The series, created by Mitchell Hurwitz and produced by Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, followed the exploits of the mostly vapid, but hilarious Bluth family as they dealt with the decay of the family business after years of being run by an unscrupulous patriarch.

Considered by many to be one of the greatest television series of all time, Arrested Development didn’t fare well in the ratings and was, some say, unceremoniously canceled after three seasons. The series starred Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, David Cross, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Mae Whitman, Alia Shawkat and more, all of whom will return for the new episodes, to be produced again by 20th Century Fox and Imagine Entertainment, but distributed through Netflix.

“Of all the projects we’ve been involved with over the years, we probably get more questions about Mitch Hurwitz’s brilliant Arrested Development than any other– everyone, ourselves included, seems to feel like the Bluths left the party a bit too soon,” Grazer and Howard said in a joint statement. “Bringing a series back from cancellation almost never happens, but then, Arrested always was about as unconventional as they get, so it seems totally appropriate that this show that broke the mold is smashing it to pieces once again.”

This will not only be the first time a network TV series has made the transition to Netflix, but also the first big-time series distributed solely through the company. Known for canceling series before their time, Fox is the only network that occasionally corrects its supposed mistakes. Arrested Development joins Family Guy and Futurama as returned series from the network. The new episodes will begin appearing on Netflix in the first half of 2013, so there’s still some wait, but at least fans know for sure it’s happening!

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Comments

  • Anonymous

    OK, Netflix…now do something about Firefly.

  • Anonymous

    ^ YES PLEASE

  • http://twitter.com/p_keely Patrick Keely

    agreed!

  • Flip Maker

    Considering all the bad press surrounding Netflix in recent months, this is a move in the right direction for the company.  If they can be succesful with this model, I may have to sign back up.  Wow.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    Why should anyone do anything about Firefly? It got it’s second chance. It clearly failed both times. Deal with it.

  • http://twitter.com/SkottOfFables Skott Jimenez

    So if I want to watch this I have to get Netflix? That’s lame! Guess I’ll wait until it hits DVD or Blu-Ray and just buy it. Unless I can only get it through Netflix in which case they don’t get a sale.

  • Shimel22

    FAIL!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    YES! IT DID FAIL! THAT’S MY POINT!

  • Shimel22

    No, your post is full of Fail.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    No, my post if full of truth. Yours is full of whiny attitude.

  • Shimel22

    Your post is only full of evidence that you have poor taste. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    That’s weird considering I never commented on the quality of anything in any post on this article.

  • Shimel22

    The tone of your first post implied you don’t like Firefly.  An opinion I think is full of Fail.  The back-and-forth that followed was just messin with ya a little.  ;)   In truth,  I have no idea what you like, and even if you hate Firefly, for all I know you like a lot of other good stuff.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    I enjoyed the hell out of Firefly (though I still think it’s incredibly overrated), I’m just sick and tired of seeing it mentioned everytime there’s talk of a canceled show, seeing as it’s one of the few that actually received a second chance.

  • Shimel22

     To be fair, though, it wasn’t like Fox gave it a second chance. The fans begged for it, and Whedon deserves most of the credit for pushing it through with a different company, in a different form.  And I’m not saying it would have necessarily changed the ratings, but Fox really fumbled the ball on the whole thing initially, especially with the ‘airing episodes out of order’ nonsense.

    To each their own (on the ‘overrated’ stuff…I think it’s one of the best shows ever made), but there’s a reason it’s repeatedly on these lists.  People love it.  It’s like The Big Lebowski of tv (fandom-wise).