Netflix’s foray into original programming (Hemlock Grove aside…so bad) has been a huge shot in the arm for the company. Resurrecting cult comedy classic Arrested Development for a fourth season has been a coup. Netflix refuses to release numbers, so it’s hard to be exact, but according to Internet tracking firm Procera, AD4 is drawing twice as many viewers as Netflix’s first original series: House of Cards. That drama (which is fantastic and must-see) was hailed by the company as a huge success.
This being the case, it’s unsurprising that a fifth season of the misadventures of the Bluth clan is hoped for by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. “Arrested is unique, because [whether or not it comes back is] really up to the talent. If the talent were willing to do more, and interested in that, I’m sure we would be willing.”
Arrested Development’s creator, Mitchell Hurwitz, has long wanted to do a movie with the cast, and some think season four is the springboard he’s using to get that film, but Netflix is certainly going to give the show more love than FOX ever did when it was winning it Emmys.