As promised, Netflix has resurrected the critically acclaimed, but short-lived sitcom “Arrested Development.” Today the company announced the release of 15 new episodes beginning May 26, 2013.
In the reboot, original cast members including Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, and Portia de Rossi will reprise their roles as members of the dysfunctional Bluth family. The show is produced by Imagine TV and 20th Century Fox Television for Netflix.
Low ratings on Fox killed “Arrested Development” in 2006, but the show got its second wind through DVD rentals and reruns. Netflix swooped in to bring it back to life in 2011.
Since then, Netflix has promoted “Arrested Development” on social media, giving fans the opportunity to compete for a walk-on role by submitting 2-minute videos to Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr using the hashtag #BluthWalkOn. See the winners here.
Super fans of “Arrested Development” have also raised more than $30,000 on Kickstarter to create a documentary on the making of the series.
While cable networks crack down on which of their shows will be allowed on Netflix’s DVD rental and streaming service, Netflix is working to develop more original content like the political drama “House of Cards” and werewolf thriller “Hemlock Grove.”
Fan feedback, quite possibly through Netflix’s recent integration with Facebook, may help with the selection process.