The Bluth family return to Netflix in 2018, here’s everything we know so far.
Like a Christmas dinner in the Gallagher’s house, getting the Bluth family from Arrested Development together in one place has proven to be the work of a decade. So star-studded is Netflix’s most famous dysfunctional family that when the show was reanimated due to popular demand in 2013, seven years after Fox axed the show, it was tough to get more than a handful of them together for each episode of season 4. All that is set to change, though, with the arrival of season 5, which is promising to be more of a family affair. Here’s everything we know about the new season so far.
What is the Arrested Development season 5 air date?
No firm date has been set for the premiere, but Netflix is promising us new episodes in 2018. “In talks with Netflix we all felt that that stories about a narcissistic, erratically behaving family in the building business — and their desperate abuses of power — are really underrepresented on TV these days,” creator Mitchell Hurwitz told Variety. “I am so grateful to them and to 20th TV for making this dream of mine come true in bringing the Bluths, George Sr., Lucille and the kids; Michael, Ivanka, Don Jr, Eric, George-Michael, and who am I forgetting, oh Tiffany. Did I say Tiffany? — back to the glorious stream of life.”
How many new episodes of Arrested Development will there be?
According to executive producer Brian Grazer, there will be seventeen new episodes in the new season, which makes for an impressive dawn-til-dusk binge leaving just enough time for three or four beer runs.
What’s the cast of Arrested Development season 5?
With such huge names in the cast, it was always touch and go whether everyone would come back for season 5, but after much financial wrangling the producers have pulled it off. Jason Bateman returns as Michael Bluth, having told Twitter in May that he was “going to put some more miles on the Stair Car this summer.” "Sadly, Jason Bateman has agreed to do it," said Will Arnett (George Bluth). Bateman joins the entire original cast including Arnett, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat, David Cross, Jeffery Tambor and Jessica Walters, with the mighty Ron Howard also reprising his role as narrator: "warming up my uncredited narrator vocal chords," Howard said. "Now the only thing I will have to be coy about is all the craziness the Bluths are going to face this season.” Expect fireworks.
What's the plot?
This far upfront actual plot points are obviously scant, but they will involve far more in the way of cross-family interaction - for better or worse. If the cast’s various commitments necessitated season 4 being made up of episodic vignettes, season 5 is expected to be far more in the vein of the original run, with all of the Bluths ricocheting off each other. "It's an opportunity to see everyone else," Arnett told Business Insider. "It will be very rewarding." Well Pizza Hut Delivery are certainly expecting a good weekend.
Are there any trailers?
Not yet, but watch this space…