The critically acclaimed and Emmy winning series, Arrested Development is returning with new episodes to Netflix. Yes, I said Netflix. First-run and Netflix are usually not used in the same sentence. With the exception of the deal for the US remake of the UK series House of Cards, all of Netflix’s TV series are second run (most are over a year old).
In an oddly-timed joint press release on late Friday afternoon, 20th century FOX and Netflix announced the move. Since it has been 5 years since the series was cancelled, one can’t help but wonder if the announcement is a prank by a member of the dysfunctional Bluth family. All joking aside, the series will be available on Netflix in early 2013. It will be interesting to see how Netflix treats new episodic content on their service. Will a new episode be added once a week? It’s an opportunity to break TV’s current model for first-run shows.
Will we see more deals like this coming to Netflix? Apparently, that’s the plan. According to the press release, 20th Century FOX states:
Best of all, this means that the cult-favorite Firefly could also return. Also from 20th Century Fox, Firefly had a short run of only 14 episodes on the FOX network (and was cancelled even before all of them aired). After its cancellation, the series became popular on DVD. Recently, Firefly’s leading actor, Nathan Fillion stated he would be interested in a revival of the series.
|Existing episodes of Arrested Development are on Netflix|