“Arrested Development” will remain on Netflix after all

The sitcom didn’t leave Netflix on March 15, and it won’t be leaving anytime soon.

How much might it cost Netflix to keep ‘Arrested Development’ on the platform? 10 dollars? Whatever the cost, the streamer has paid as the popular comedy series remains on Netflix after it was originally set to launch this month.

A Netflix representative confirmed the news to IndieWire. The streamer also announced the news via Twitter a post on his official account on Friday.

Originally, all five seasons of “Arrested Development,” including two made specifically for the streamer, were announced on March 15 as leaving Netflix after the company’s licensing deal with 20th Television, which owns the show rights, expired. This never happened and every episode of the show is still available on the platform.

Netflix picked up the Fox sitcom Arrested Development, which ran for three seasons from 2003 to 2006, and was revived in 2013. The entire cast returned for the season, and the two-part fifth and final season premiered on the streamer in 2018 and 2019. The revival was one of Netflix’s very first dives into original programming and took place the same year that “House of Cards” premiered.

The revival seasons were produced by Netflix with Imagine Entertainment and 20th Television. 20th Television is owned by Disney, so it was assumed that the Netflix seasons could make their way to the company’s Hulu streamer, where the first three seasons are currently streaming.

According to the Vulture According to the report, Netflix and 20th Television have entered into a new licensing deal for the show and it will remain on Netflix.

What’s more, not only will the sitcom remain on Netflix, but the new deal will also force Hulu to relinquish streaming rights to the first three seasons sometime this year. This will make Netflix the exclusive streaming home of the entire series; Considering that both revival seasons have received mixed reviews and been hotly debated, and that the first three are much more universally loved, it’s likely a huge boon for Netflix to do the first seasons in their entirety.

Arrested Development’s Jason Bateman stars as Michael Bluth, the straight son of a wealthy, dysfunctional family. After his father, George Bluth (Jeffrey Tambor), is convicted of defrauding investors in the family’s real estate firm, Michael is forced to help hold the now struggling clan together. The series also featured Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Alia Shawkat, Tony Hale, David Cross, the late Jessica Walter and Ron Howard as the narrator.

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