Netflix Orders More Episodes For ‘Arrested Development’ Season 4

20th Century Fox TV temporarily halts production as creator Mitch Hurwitz figures out how much additional footage is needed.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Last year, Netflix announced that it would bring back the critically acclaimed comedy series, “Arrested Development” with a ten episode fourth season in 2013. However, it appears that the story of the Bluth family is too large to be contained in just ten episodes.

Deadline is reporting that Netflix has ordered additional episodes of “Arrested Development,” potentially bringing the number of episodes up to somewhere between 12 and 15 for the season.

According to the report, “Arrested Development” creator Mitch Hurwitz filmed more material than he originally planned and he also came up with new storylines and scenes to be incorporated within the already completed footage. 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine TV — the two production companies behind “Arrested Development” — and Hurwitz then approached Netflix about ordering additional episodes.

20th Century Fox TV has reportedly ordered a temporary halt to production of “Arrested Development” in order to work out the final details and allow Hurwitz the time to review all of the footage previously filmed to determine which actors he needs back and for how long. At that point, it will likely be determined how many additional episodes will fill out the season.
As the story points out, the majority of the “Arrested Development” cast are tied to other projects, so getting them all back is no small task. Production is expected to begin again in January; which will presumably allow Hurwitz and company enough time to finish the new episodes before the simultaneous launch on Netflix in Spring 2013.

Although Netflix did not confirm the report of new episodes in the pipeline, a company spokeswoman said “We are thrilled with the direction of the show, with the footage we have seen and with the relationship between Mitch, Imagine, 20th and Netflix. At this time, we are not confirming or announcing the final episode count but we are sure fans will be thrilled when we do.”