Netflix wants more episodes of Arrested Development, and it's apparently going to get them pretty soon. Speaking on Adam Carolla's podcast today, series executive producer Brian Grazer said that he expects production on new episodes to begin next January or February, with new episodes arriving about four months after that. "Netflix is determined to do more episodes, so we're gonna do more episodes," Grazer said. "We're gonna do it the turn of the year." That's certainly an aggressive timeline, though it's possible that work has started already. Grazer stated earlier this year that 17 new episodes were being made.
"I made the call to Mitch to say that everybody's into it."
All of the show's lead actors are said to be on board again, although it sounds like the series may still run into trouble with scheduling. "Everyone's become a star ... so we've gonna juggle all these schedules," Grazer said. Having to juggle schedules led to much of the series' initial Netflix revival feeling disconnected, because actors frequently weren't filmed together. One would hope that the producers have learned from that, but there's only so much they can do given how much success the show's cast has found.
Still, it sounds like the new season is actually happening. Grazer said that he just spoke with Fox, which produces the show, and series creator Mitch Hurwitz this morning. "I made the call to Mitch to say that everybody's into it," Grazer says.
When Grazer says "everybody," he means all of the Hollywood names involved in making this happen. But it wouldn't be very wrong to say that flat out everybody is into it. Even if Arrested Development season four was a bit rocky, the show has three seasons that are so strong, it's hard not to want more.