In the years since Arrested Development aired its long-awaited fourth season in 2013, the actors and creator Mitch Hurwitz have been promising the show’s return. Now, Variety is reporting that the show is officially returning for a fifth season. More importantly, this fifth season will also include the regular cast: Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi, David Cross, and Alia Shawkat.
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The main problem in producing a fifth season has been to get the cast together in one place to film, as all the actors’ careers took off after Arrested Development first aired. Hopefully they’ll all be available at the same time to avoid the awkward structure of season four, which was patched together to accommodate schedules.
This new season is also, like everything else, inspired by Donald Trump’s absurd rise to the presidency.
“In talks with Netflix ,we all felt 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,” said Hurwitz in a statement on Wednesday. “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.”
Last year, while talking to Hurwitz, he told me that Arrested Development had always been ahead of the curve in predicting Trump, and this story would continue in the new season they were writing:
“I’m trying very hard to get it done because we have a great story to tell. The clock is ticking. We were putting up a wall before Trump was. There were so many things like that. We had a political race that was going to continue in the fifth season. A lot of people thought what Trump was doing was the more they try to self destruct because they don’t want office, the more the crowd gathers around them. Which was a viable theory about Trump.”
The new season is set to launch in 2018.