Netflix would be very happy to produce another season of Arrested Development, the company said in a letter to shareholders today.
The company put out its quarterly earnings report with the aforementioned letter from CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells. More on that here, where you can also watch a live stream of an interview with the two of them at 6PM Eastern.
Here’s what the two said about Arrested Development in the letter:
Over the last six months, our move into Original programming has begun to redefine Netflix in the eyes of consumers. Our first five series — Lilyhammer, House of Cards, Hemlock Grove, Arrested Development Season 4, and Orange is the New Black — have engaged large audiences across our markets and are very different, allowing us to broaden our overall reach with each new Original.
We assess the success of each Original by looking at viewing-to-date and estimated future viewing, relative to cost. So far, we’ve ordered second seasons of all first season projects, which is quite unusual and exciting for the fans of these shows. We’d be delighted to produce a fifth season of Arrested Development, if possible, given fan reaction.
It’s looking more and more likely that fans will get another season of Arrested Development. On multiple occasions, creator Mitch Hurwitz has talked about having ideas of where to take the show next, and Netflix obviously wants to get in on the action. The show is even up for a few Emmys. So far, it is the only one of Netflix’s originals (that have debuted) that has not been ordered for another season.
Hopefully all the required cast can get together again for another round.
It’s hard to believe that this is what the current situation is for a show that had such a hard time staying on the air back in its early days.