He first promised 17 more episodes while a guest on the “B.S. Report” podcast in May. But now Grazer confirmed the rumors while speaking to Adam Carolla on that comic’s podcast.
“Netflix is determined to do more episodes, so we’re going to do more episodes, ” he told Carolla. Production on them will begin next January and the shows could air as early as May 2016.
The problem with the fourth season was that each episode dealt with just one or two of the show’s many characters and only one story line. This greatly diminished the freshness of the humor that its first three seasons were known for, leaving fans disappointed.
It was explained that the produces chose to film it that way, rather than cutting back and forth between all members of the ensemble as Arrested Development did in its first three seasons, because the actors were not all available at the same time since they were all working on other projects.
So Grazer admits that getting them all together will be the big challenge for a season 5.
The show was created by Mitch Hurwitz, starred Jewish actors like Golden Globe winner Jeffry Tambor and David Cross, and was produced by Grazer and his partner Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment. Howard was its narrator and several of his Happy Days co-stars, like Henry Winkler and Scott Baio, appeared on it.
“Arrested development” originally aired for three seasons, from 2003 to 2006, on Fox. The sitcom about a nutty and dysfunctional family which also starred, Jason Bateman, , Michael Cera and Portia de Rossi.
The show attained a cult status after its cancelation not seen since the original Star Trek was cancelled after only three season as well. This led to Netflix producing a new fourth season of 15 episodes seven years after it was canceled by Fox.