Arrested Development's Episode Order Grows

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ArrestedDevelopmentProduction on Arrested Developments “comeback” season has hit the pause button, but for the best of reasons — to bring you even more Bluth goodness.

As reported by our sister site Deadline, during the course of shooting the original 10-episode order for Netflix, AD creator Mitch Hurwitz amassed more material than planned, as he dreamed up new scenes and story arcs on the fly.

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As such, Hurwitz — along with producing studios 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine TV — got Netflix to greenlight an additional two to five episodes, bringing the total order to as many as 15. Production was then halted (until late January) so that Hurwitz can review the extra material and decide how and where it will be used to populate additional episodes.

A rep for Netflix told Deadline that as of now “we are not confirming or announcing the final episode count, but we are sure fans will be thrilled when we do.”

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Even with the reported extra episodes, the new season of Arrested Development will still drop all at once, on Netflix, sometime in the spring.



Comments (31)

  • Looks like Santa came early!!

    Comment by Andrea – December 12, 2012 07:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Season 4 of Arrested Development now has more episodes than season 3 did. That…is weird.

    Comment by J – December 12, 2012 08:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That is so weird. I didn’t even think of that. This is a Christmas miracle!

      Comment by Brigette – December 12, 2012 09:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great news! Any idea on if they’re leaving the last episode sort of open-ended?

    Comment by D'Arcy – December 12, 2012 08:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Just goes to show that there’s always money in the banana stand.

    Comment by Julio – December 12, 2012 08:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • hahaha.

      Comment by Britta Unfiltered – December 12, 2012 12:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yay!! :)

    Comment by Eliza – December 12, 2012 08:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh how grand! I just blue myself!

    Comment by JO – December 12, 2012 08:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You’re now a Smurf?

      Comment by Bob – December 12, 2012 10:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think we all just blue ourselves in chorus.

      Comment by Britta Unfiltered – December 12, 2012 12:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is this for both Netflix us and Canada??

    Comment by Lena – December 12, 2012 08:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m in Canada, and you can easily switch over to American netflix by fooling your XBox or whatever server you use and simply changing your location

      Comment by Mike – December 12, 2012 09:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • oohhhh… more information on this please ;) haha

        Comment by Lena – December 12, 2012 09:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • It’s been confirmed in Canada too.

          Comment by Abi – December 12, 2012 10:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The best Christmas gift is knowing that one of my favorite TV shows will be back once more!

    Comment by Babybop – December 12, 2012 08:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So what happens when Arrested Development becomes a huge hit on Netflix??..any chance another season will be filmed or are these last 12-15 episodes it?

    Comment by Jared – December 12, 2012 09:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Both Netflix and Mitch Hurwitz have said that they want to continue if this 4th season experiment goes well. Whether that’s the long-mentioned movie or another season is the question.

      Comment by Chris – December 12, 2012 09:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I don’t think Netflix would have any problem ordering a new season if the show does well, and they get ,more subscribers from the show.

        Comment by Brandy (@Realme2011) – December 12, 2012 09:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • It might also depend on what the stars are doing.

          Comment by Mary – December 12, 2012 03:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • My question is, what will constitute its status as a “hit”? Will it need to pull in a discernible number of new subscribers? Just contribute to the overall brand? Get lots of hits?

      How does it work on HBO, and should this be different?

      Comment by J – December 12, 2012 09:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So when can we expect season 2 of “Freaks and Geeks” ?!

    Comment by Charles – December 12, 2012 09:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This!!

      Comment by CultureVulture – December 12, 2012 09:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Welllll, since all the freaks and geeks are now way past college age, I’m thinking that’s not gonna happen. I’m holding out for Season 2 of FIREFLY!!!

      Comment by Bob – December 12, 2012 10:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • NEITHER will happen!!

        Comment by leah – December 12, 2012 11:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Even though I am already a Netflix subscriber, this is such a good deal for people who aren’t.

    If Netflix doesn’t pique your interest at all, but still love AD, you can get the one-month free trial and watch these episodes for free.

    I don’t see it taking an AD fan more than a month to watch twelve to fifteen episodes, but even if they have to spend eight dollars for another month’s subscription, that’s still way cheaper than it would ever cost for a season four DVD release.

    Netflix is awesome.

    Comment by Eric – December 12, 2012 10:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How can Non-Netflixians view this GREAT programming ?!?!?!?!?

    Comment by Jeff Jeffro Roeser – December 12, 2012 10:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Get Netflix.

      Comment by Courtney – December 12, 2012 11:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Sadly Netflix only works in US and Canada

        Comment by Haba – December 12, 2012 12:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • wasn’t the plan to do the episodes, then do a movie? is the movie still going to happen?

    Comment by leahbh – December 12, 2012 11:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Spring? Man, I wish they’d be more specific.

    Comment by mrOCD – December 12, 2012 11:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • *Runs around laughing and screaming; hits head on wall; falls to ground; still laughing*

    Comment by soundscene – December 13, 2012 08:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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