As hard as it is for me to believe, it looks like the endlessly teased new material for Arrested Development is actually coming to fruition. No, the long-rumored movie still isn't any closer to being produced, but Variety reports that creator Mitchell Hurwitz has signed a deal with Netflix for the fourth season of the show that he first announced he was planning last month. There's no word yet on how many episodes will be produced, or what format they'll be in (Hurwitz has said that he wants to focus just on a limited number of characters in each episode, to catch up on what they've been doing in the years since the show ended).
Still, this is great news for Arrested Development fans and fans of other beloved cult shows canceled before their time. If Netflix is willing to step up to produce quality TV that no one else will support, that could mean renewed life for acclaimed shows like Community and Cougar Town that are currently getting the runaround from major networks. Or it could mean creators like Hurwitz getting the freedom to produce innovative shows without network restrictions. If nothing else, it means one more season of a show that many people love, and that's a win for all TV fans.
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