Arrested Development's we-still-can't-believe-it-is-really-happening fourth season will be its last. Its last season produced by Netflix, that is. In an investor conference call today Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced that the upcoming season of the cult comedy would be a "one-off" and "non-repeatable" event for the company. A spokesman later elaborated that it would be "extremely difficult to get the cast together."
"We don't anticipate being able to do seasons five, six, seven. We have less of a stake in it," Hastings said. "Arrested Development is a wildly successful tactic as opposed to fundamental to the strategy." And considering how totally unexpected this fourth season is, that makes sense. The cast is now quite popular and Netflix is hard at work on other original content with less baggage and reportedly strong results. If season four does amazingly well (remember that nobody watched the show when it was actually on the air) Netflix can always, we're sure, change its mind.
What remains unclear, however, is where this leaves the Arrested Development movie. Because isn't this whole season supposed to be the "first act" to "a big movie?"