If Arrested Development is going to remain a revived television series, it may have to find a new home after the upcoming season debuts on Netflix this spring. In a conference call today with investors, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings indicated that he did not “anticipate” the streaming media service would produce additional seasons of the beloved cult comedy, which ran on Fox from 2003 to 2006.
He also noted that Netflix had a smaller stake in Arrested than in its other new programs, which include House of Cards, Derek, and Hemlock Grove. “It’s really a fantastic one-off which is coming together incredibly, and I think it will be amazing for us, but think of it as a non-repeatable amazing,” he said, adding that “Arrested Development is a wildly successful tactic, as opposed to fundamental to the strategy.”
A Netflix spokesperson did leave open the possibility for a longer relationship, however, saying that the company remains hopeful for more seasons.
In any case, the news isn’t completely shocking, as series creator Mitchell Hurwitz and star Jason Bateman have explained that the purpose of these new episodes is to essentially serve as a prequel to that long-awaited Arrested movie. The film remains in the planning stages and has not yet been greenlighted.
Netflix will simultaneously release all 14 new episodes of Arrested in May.