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Will Netflix’s Season of “Arrested Development” be the Last One?

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By Bryan Hood | As the beyond enthusiastic response to even the tiniest morsel of information about its return displays, people are really looking forward to Netflix’s streaming of the fourth season of “Arrested Development.” This really shouldn’t surprise anyone as Mitch Hurwitz’s show about the hilarious trials and tribulations of the Bluth family was about as beloved as any comedy to come along this century. Yesterday, though, gave us some news which we don’t think fans of the sitcom will be too pumped for: Netflix only plans on streaming one season of new episodes.

This latest tidbit of information — maybe the only negative bit of news we’ve heard other than that due to schedule constraints, Jason Batemen will be the only actor to appear in all of the new episodes — came up during a conference call between Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and investors yesterday. According to the Hollywood Reporter, this is what the executive had to say about Internet television’s most anticipated show:

” ‘Arrested’ is a unique property, we don’t anticipate being able to do season five, six and seven. We have less of a stake in it. It is really a fantastic one-off, which is coming together incredibly. I think it will be amazing for us, but think of it as a nonrepeatable amazing, whereas the other thing that we are doing is to trying to figure out a real mechanism where we can build shows and develop franchises over the long term. In that way, ‘Arrested Development’ is a wildly successful tactic, as opposed to fundamental to the strategy.”

Doesn’t sound so too promising for those hoping for more than a season’s worth of laughs, does it? But fret not Bluth family fans, because later in the day the company tried to ease your frantic hearts by saying the new isn’t not necessarily true. While the show might only come back for one more season, it also could, theoretically, be around for longer. As a spokesman for the company told Hitfix:

“We’re hopeful there will be more seasons. If anyone can pull it together, it’s going to be Ted [Sarandos, the company's chief content officer]. But by no means is this the end of it. We’re definitely planning to do more with them. We have first rights, so it’s not like you’d see it anywhere else. We’re absolutely hopeful there will be more”

See? Not all hope is lost. But even if this means there are only 14 more episodes of the show left, is that that bad? Two years ago, did anyone but the most naive “Arrested” fans think the show would ever be back? Even Hurwitz wasn’t that hopeful. Also, even if there’s only to be one more season of the show, it’s been clear from the get-go that a lot of the purpose of the show’s return has been to prove that it would be a viable property to turn into a movie. Want to ensure that’s the case? Just watch each episode 10-20 times and sign up for a back up account or three. That’s not that bad, is it?

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