Netflix to release Season 4 of “Arrested Development”


Savannah Massingill, Staff Writer

After the seven years since the final episode of “Arrested Development” aired on FOX, now loyal fans are rejoicing the Emmy-winning show’s return on May 26, 2013. Coming into its fourth season, ”Arrested Development” will not be released on television, but rather exclusively on Netflix. At midnight on May 26, Netflix will unleash 15 new episodes simultaneously— a deal that showcases the rising power of the company to gain more subscribers and viewers.

From 2003 to 2006, FOX aired three seasons of “Arrested Development.” The show was also promptly ended, much to the dismay of its cast, writers, and producers. Why? Despite seven Emmy nominations, five of which were won by the show, ratings were never successful in its three short seasons. “Arrested Development” failed to gain a sizable audience, and the viewer ratings dwindled as the show continued. In the years following the show’s inevitable termination, Netflix released its three seasons to the public – a move that has undoubtedly increased the show’s fanbase during its seven dormant years. 

“Arrested Development” follows the dysfunctional Bluth family after the collapse of the family company. The failure is attributed to the imprisonment of patriarch George Bluth (Jeffrey Tambor), who was arrested on charges of embezzlement and “light treason.” While George serves time at the county jail, the Bluth Company is left in the hands of middle son Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) as he tries to rebuild the company and control his wild family.

Exclusive deals similar to the one made between “Arrested Development” and Netflix have become increasingly popular because of the profitable response from viewers all over the world. HBO  has, in its most recent years, gained much attention with the production of multiple award winning shows such as “Boardwalk Empire,” “Girls,” and “Game of Thrones.” Despite the rapid success of many premium networks such as HBO, many financial experts are suggesting that Netflix is the true future of television, as it has perfected the human couch potato–specifically in the United States.

Netflix’ recent popularity has presented ”Arrested Development” with what could be a truly prosperous comeback. If the new season prevails, and hopefully it will, the new episodes may provide background into and set up what may become an “Arrested Development” movie. In today’s society, social media and the latest technology provide opportunities that were unimaginable in decades past. The utilization of this “futuristic television” combined with fans who have waited patiently for their favorite show to return will, without a doubt, produce the success that “Arrested Development” has been destined to achieve since 2003.