Netflix inks new series deal with 'Arrested Development' creator

Mitch Hurwitz signs a multi-year deal to produce, develop, and create a new original series for the video-streaming service.

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From left, "Arrested Development" producer Mitch Hurwitz with actors Will Arnett and Jason Bateman. Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Netflix

We may not be seeing any new episodes of "Arrested Development" on Netflix for a while, but its creator is sticking with the video-streaming service.

Mitch Hurwitz has signed a multi-year deal to produce, develop, and create a new original series for Netflix, the company announced Tuesday. Hurwitz teamed up with the Los Gatos, Calif.-based company to resurrect the cult comedy, producing 15 new episodes that ran last May. Although there was talk of producing another season, no announcement of new episodes has materialized.

"We are lucky to be in business with Mitch Hurwitz, a true genius with one of the most distinctive voices in comedy today," Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement. "Mitch's inventive approach to 'Arrested Development' -- one of the top TV comedies of this generation -- was ahead of its time, and we're fortunate to have him on our team."

While "Arrested Development" succeeded at generating a great deal of buzz when it landed on Netflix in May, the fourth season was met with mixed reviews. The New York Times went so far as to say the Netflix endeavor killed the show.

Although Netflix didn't mention "Arrested Development" as part of the deal, that doesn't necessarily mean the Emmy award-winning series is dead. Netflix has long said it was interested in producing another season of the series, which ran for three seasons on the Fox TV network before its cancellation in 2006.

 

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