Taste the happy, TV fans. Netflix says the fourth season of Arrested Development will debut via the online streaming service beginning Sunday, May 26. And it looks like we ‘misunderestimated’ you, Netflix; the company says the new season will feature 15 episodes, one more than previously announced.
Similar to its other original releases, Netflix’s approach with Arrested Development is built around the new possibilities that buffet-style, on-demand streaming enables.
Instead of releasing one new show every week, all 15 episodes will be available for streaming on May 26. This means you will be able to binge on the entire season in one sitting or watch the shows at a more leisurely pace.
Say goodbye to these!
Arrested Development is one of the most highly-anticipated of Netflix’s original releases for 2013. Originally broadcast for three seasons on Fox from 2003 to 2006, Arrested Development was ultimately cancelled due to lackluster ratings, despite a loyal following and near-universal critical praise. Over the years there was talk of a series revival or possibly a movie, but production never materialized until Netflix in 2011 announced it would reignite the show.
Netflix—and its ability to cater to niche audiences—is an ideal venue for a show with an intense cult following like Arrested Development. Traditional networks require large audiences they can convert into even larger advertising contracts, something Arrested Development failed to attract over the long term. Netflix, on the other hand, doesn’t cater to advertisers and can take a chance on a show that could attract more subscribers or at least keep current customers satisfied.
Original programming everywhere
Original programming from online video services is becoming one of the major technology themes for 2013 and beyond. Netflix earlier in 2013 debuted the U.S. adaption of House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey. Next year, the streaming service will show an original sci-fi series from the Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski, creator of Babylon 5. Amazon is also getting into original production with around 13 pilot episodes greenlighted for production. The company will then judge viewer feedback before turning its stable of pilots into fully-produced seasons.
If you want to catch up on the Arrested Development storyline before season 4’s May 26 debut, all three seasons are currently available for streaming on Netflix.