Netflix has not officially confirmed the show’s return, but Grazer said, “People are loyal to [Arrested Development], and we’re going to do another 17 episodes. So stay tuned for Arrested Development.”
Grazer offered up no other details about the supposed 17 new episodes, and his conversation with Simmons quickly returned to Imagine’s latest hit, Empire. But Grazer’s announcement is perhaps the most significant update in some time about the show’s future.
In 2013, Netlfix famously revived Arrested Development, which Fox had canceled in 2006, for a 15-episode fourth season. After their premiere, many, including creator Mitch Hurwitz, said the saga of the Bluth family would continue, either as a movie, a series or both.
In September 2013, Netflix’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, said there was “no question” that Arrested Development would return to the streaming service, though the biggest hurdle would once again be working around the busy schedules of the show’s large ensemble cast.
Last year, Hurwitz reiterated that while the Bluth’s story wasn’t over yet, the show’s future remained in the hands of 20th Century Fox, which owns the rights. “There’s more of a story that has to be told somehow,” he said in an interview. “We’ve got the whole story broken [down]. And Season Four was always meant to be act one of the three-act structure where everything goes sour.”