In the words of Tobias Funkë M.D., "Huzzah!"
Today, news has emerged that cult-comedy-turned-Netflix-flagship, Arrested Development could be getting an additional season of 17 episodes. I say 'could be' because we've still yet to hear an official confirmation from Netflix, however what we did actually hear is still pretty reassuring.
While appearing in a podcast interview with Bill Simmons, Arrested Development producer Brian Grazer stated:
"I love Arrested Development. But it never — it was never a huge thing. But people are loyal to it, and we’re going to do another 17 episodes. So stay tuned for Arrested Development."
As you can expect, there was no additional casting, release date, or production information.
Personally, I've always prescribed to the "less is more" school of comedy, and I've always been cautious of carrying on any non-studio-based comedy beyond maybe two or three seasons; ideas and jokes can quickly become stale if they're flogged for too long. I make an exception for Arrested Development - mostly because it delivers subtle gags like the one below:
No televisual event got me more excited than the return of Arrested Development on Netflix - seven years after it was unceremoniously cancelled by FOX. I was literally counting down the days with increasing frenzy. Of course, when Season 4 did eventually release, I watched all 15 episodes back-to-back. I didn't even bother to get dressed that day...
Yes. Season 4 wasn't quite within the same realms of consistent quality as Seasons 1-3 (perhaps due more to the change in format than a weakness in writing), but it still provided a cathartic, almost messianic, return of one of the best comedies of the 2000s. Personally, it was just worth it to be reunited with Tobias once again.
Furthermore, the slightly abrupt ending to Season 4 certainly deserves some kind of ultimate conclusion. There was always talk of an Arrested Development movie, but maybe this fifth season could tie up the loose ends of the Bluth Family?
Would you want it to go on much further?