Netflix Says Season 5 of ‘Arrested Development’ Will Totally Happen…Eventually

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Netflix's foray into original programming is going pretty well. This year House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, and Derek nabbed 31 nominations, which was more than Fox, AMC, and Showtime. And over the next two years the online streaming service is taking their original programming game to the next level, when they'll debut five different Marvel shows, a new Chelsea Handlertalk show, an animated series for adults, a historical drama about Marco Polo, a zany comedy about two dudes falling in love, and a Wachowski Siblingssci-fi drama about telepathy.

Nevertheless, this post isn't about any of that. This post is about Netflix's first foray into original programming, and the fact that their chief content officer Ted Sarandos recently told USA Todaythat he is "positive that another season of Arrested Development is in the offing."

That's right, Arrested Development fans, Ted is positive. The only question is when it will happen.

Unfortunately, that's no small question. They didn't structure the last season of Arrested Development the way they did—as a series of concurrent, overlapping episodes—just to be clever. They did it because none of the cast members were available to shoot at the same time. And that, in turn, led to the main problem critics and fans had with Season 4: the characters were rarely on screen together at the same time.

Presumably, the folks at Netflix will want to avoid another season like that. So, presumably, that will make it harder to make Season 5 happen.

But hey, if Ted is optimistic, I'm optimistic.

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