Photo of 'Arrested Development' creator Mitch Hurwitz with cast in season 4, by Sam Urdank

Netflix made it official on Wednesday, announcing Arrested Development has finally secured a deal for a fifth season.

The streaming service confirmed today it will bring the cult comedy back in 2018, after months of negotiations. In addition to creator Mitch Hurwitz, the full original cast will return, including Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi, David Cross and Alia Shawkat.

“In talks with Netflix we all felt that that stories about a narcissistic, erratically behaving family in the building business — and their desperate abuses of power — are really underrepresented on TV these days,” Hurwitz said in a statement. “I am so grateful to them and to 20th TV for making this dream of mine come true in bringing the Bluths, George Sr., Lucille and the kids; Michael, Ivanka, Don Jr., Eric, George-Michael, and who am I forgetting, oh Tiffany. Did I say Tiffany? — back to the glorious stream of life.”

Hurwitz and various other producers had been teasing a new season of Arrested for the past couple of years. Last week, however, Bateman increased speculation after confirming he had finally struck a deal to return.

This will mark the second season to air on Netflix after the show was canceled by Fox. Season 4's 15 episodes premiered back in 2013.


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