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Netflix has confirmed that they will not order additional seasons of Arrested Development.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings confirmed in a conference call that they would only offer one season of the sitcom which aired from 2003-06.
Hastings informed, "Arrested is a unique property, we don’t anticipate being able to do season five, six and seven. We have less of a stake in it. It is really a fantastic one-off, which is coming together incredibly. I think it will be amazing for us, but think of it as a nonrepeatable amazing, whereas the other thing that we are doing is to trying to figure out a real mechanism where we can build shows and develop franchises over the long term. In that way, Arrested Development is a wildly successful tactic, as opposed to fundamental to the strategy."
Hastings explained that they do not anticipate being able to produce a fifth season and beyond. Netflix is slated to air 14 episodes in the spring before pulling the plug.
Some of the most difficult parts of bringing Arrested Development back to television was bringing the entire cast back together for the project.
"Contractually, we couldn't use all the characters in every episode; they were not free to do as much television as they want,” show creator Mitch Hurwitz explained, Huffington Post reports.
He also adds, “We couldn't afford to do the show with what these people are worth now. So it was this crazy idea of 'there'll be one king this week.'”
Arrested starred the likes of Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, David Cross, Jeffrey Tambor, Will Arnett and Alia Shawkat.