Even if the result didn't live up to expectations, Netflix deserves some credit for realizing the dreams of Arrested Development fans and bringing the show back for a fourth season. With that chapter closed (for now), the company is set to continue its relationship with creator Mitch Hurwitz. According to Deadline, it's managed to sign a multi-year deal with Hurwitz, which will see him both create and produce new shows for the streaming service. “It is incredibly inspiring to get to produce for Netflix, a company that not only doesn’t resist change, but is leaps and bounds ahead of everyone in forging it,” Hurwitz said in a statement.
Netflix has spent huge chunks of cash to guarantee itself exclusive rights to content, but rarely pursues lengthy deals with showrunners. So this agreement is evidence of the company's faith in Hurwitz — even after The New York Times described season four as a public "execution" of Arrested Development that led the show "down a bad path." Hurwitz will also serve as an executive producer on other Netflix shows and as a consultant for the company's future comedy efforts. "The fact that I’m also getting one month of their streaming right to my TV or Xbox free, well, it really takes the sting out of buying that Xbox," Hurwitz added.