10:21 am EDT, May 17, 2017

It’s official: ‘Arrested Development’ is returning to Netflix for season 5

Netflix has ordered a fifth season of Arrested Development, reuniting the Bluth family yet again.

Following the mixed reception to Netflix’s first Arrested Development revival season, we weren’t quite sure what the future held for the beloved comedy. But now, Netflix has announced that they have indeed ordered a fifth season, following Jason Bateman’s tweet last week that he had signed up to reprise his role as Michael Bluth:

Arrested Development season 5 will debut some time in 2018, and is set to reunite the whole cast (Netflix specifically named Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi, David Cross and Alia Shawkat in their announcement). Whether we’ll have character-centric episodes like last time remains to be seen.

Netflix boss Ted Sarandos does seem to indicate in a statement that we can expect the wheels to be a bit more greased this time around, as it were, saying:

“Season 4 marked the first foray by Netflix into original comedy programming, and this time, the Bluths will collectively be spending more quality time with their millions of fans around the world.”

Of the new episodes, series creator Mitchell Hurwitz makes a coy Trump reference, saying:

“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. 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.”

Added narrator and executive producer Ron Howard, “Whew! I can finally answer the question… Hell yes! Warming up my uncredited narrator vocal chords. Now the only thing I will have to be coy about is all the craziness the Bluths are going to face this season.”

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