Expect More Arrested Development
It's one of several Netflix projects in the works
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2014 9:11 AM CDT
This undated publicity photo released by Netflix shows Will Arnett, left, and Jason Bateman in a scene from "Arrested Development."   (AP Photo/Netflix, Michael Yarish)

(Newser) – The triumphant return of Arrested Development may have fizzled a bit last year, but Netflix is looking to try again. Chief content exec Ted Sarandos tells USA Today that he's "positive" another season is coming, though its timing depends on the actors' schedules. The plan is to have the cast spend quality time together on screen—an omission that led to what Sarandos calls "fair criticism" of the last reboot. It's just one of several Netflix projects in the works, including five new series based on Marvel comics characters; cartoons geared toward adults; and original offerings in sci-fi (Sense 8), drama (Marco Polo), and comedy (Grace and Frankie). Plus Chelsea Handler and new House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black episodes.

All of which helps explain why Netflix hit what CEO Reed Hastings called a "minor milestone" in a post on Facebook: "Last quarter we passed HBO [in] subscriber revenue ($1.146B vs $1.141B)." Business Insider recalls that HBO exec Jeff Bewkes dismissed the idea of Netflix as a threat in 2010, saying, "It’s a little bit like, is the Albanian army going to take over the world? I don't think so." Well, writes Jay Yarow, "the Albanian army is now winning."

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Aug 7, 2014 12:34 PM CDT
The problem with the newest season was that Michael became just as dirty as the rest of the family. It was difficult to watch someone be completely different than how they normally were, and the family became less likable because there wasn't someone trying to stop them from being crazy. There were funny parts but it just wasn't the same as the previous seasons. I'm hoping they straighten Michael out in the season to come.
Aug 7, 2014 10:18 AM CDT
I have tried that show on many occasions but I just don't like it. I know it had many fans but I'm just not one of them. I do like Netflix other shows and orange is one of my favorites.
Chris Farley
Aug 7, 2014 9:26 AM CDT
I have tried. I do not find that show funny at all.