Arrested Development was a much loved TV show that couldn’t survive the pitfalls of broadcast television. It abruptly got the axe after season three ended, leaving fans hoping for a fourth season. Netflix brought their dreams to fruition by acquiring the rights and producing a fourth season under its original content arm. The online streaming service has now tapped Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz to create and produce more original shows for Netflix.
It is unclear right now if under this multi-year deal Hurwitz will also devote time to produce a fifth season of Arrested Development. Even though the fourth season was described as a public “execution” of the series by The New York Times, Netflix hasn’t denied the possibility of it reviving the show at a later date.
Netflix has already spent considerable time and resources in building up its original content division, which has turned out hit shows like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. This deal is certainly a depiction of Netflix’s confidence in Hurwitz. It rarely inks such deals, mostly Netflix pays huge sums for securing exclusive rights to content.
Apart from creating and producing new shows, Hurwitz will also serve as an executive producer on Netflix’s other shows as well as a consultation for future comedy shows.