Arrested Development's Episode Order Grows

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.

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  1. Andrea says:

    Looks like Santa came early!!

  2. J says:

    Season 4 of Arrested Development now has more episodes than season 3 did. That…is weird.

  3. D'Arcy says:

    Great news! Any idea on if they’re leaving the last episode sort of open-ended?

  4. Julio says:

    Just goes to show that there’s always money in the banana stand.

  5. Eliza says:

    Yay!! :)

  6. JO says:

    Oh how grand! I just blue myself!

  7. Lena says:

    Is this for both Netflix us and Canada??

  8. Babybop says:

    The best Christmas gift is knowing that one of my favorite TV shows will be back once more!

  9. Jared says:

    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?

    • Chris says:

      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.

    • J says:

      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?

  10. Charles says:

    So when can we expect season 2 of “Freaks and Geeks” ?!

  11. Eric says:

    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.

  12. How can Non-Netflixians view this GREAT programming ?!?!?!?!?

  13. leahbh says:

    wasn’t the plan to do the episodes, then do a movie? is the movie still going to happen?

  14. mrOCD says:

    Spring? Man, I wish they’d be more specific.

  15. soundscene says:

    *Runs around laughing and screaming; hits head on wall; falls to ground; still laughing*