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When Arrested Development returns for its long-delayed fifth season, it may lean heavily on flashbacks of the core characters, played by new, younger actors.

According to TVLine, the "prequel" style may account for up to half of the total content featured in the forthcoming new episodes, although the format has not yet been finalized.

Citing a source with knowledge of Netflix's plans, TVLine reported the flashbacks may be producers' remedy for the cast's busy schedule. “More of the episodes can now include all of the original cast together, with lots of big group family scenes,” the source said.

As we previously reported, executive producer Brian Grazer said earlier this month he expected a deal to be finalized within weeks, claiming the show had found a structure "so [the original cast] can still make movies and do other things and it will all integrate.”

While a prequel-like timeline might alleviate some of the scheduling concerns with the original actors, such an arrangement would likely meet resistance from many longtime fans, who lamented season four's choppy format, with many of the lead characters isolated to individual episodes.

Netflix declined to comment on the new report, which comes ahead of the start of production, rumored to begin in June.