With a new year in front of us, some fans are wondering if 2017 is the year that another season of Arrested Development will finally happen. Ever since Netflix resurrected the cult classic comedy series in 2013, there has been no shortage of talk about the show's return, including rumors of an Arrested Development movie and, most recently, series creator Mitch Hurwitz teased that he re-cut all of the Season 4 episodes to a more traditional 22-minutes apiece. With the TCA Winter Tour in full swing, executive producer Brian Grazer teased that Season 5 is in fact happening, and it's close to being announced.
Deadline caught up with executive producer Brian Grazer at the TCA Winter Tour, where he was presenting two Fox shows, 24: Legacy and Shots Fired. When the talk eventually turned to Arrested Development, the producer revealed that this season is closer than ever to finally happening. As with Season 4, the biggest issue is clearing the schedules for all of these busy actors that make up the cast, but the executive producer said they're very closer to making Season 5 happen.
"We are close. I think we found a way to create the compensation structure for all the actors and create a work matrix so they can still make movies and do other things and it will all integrate. So we are really close - I think within a couple of weeks at the most."
Almost exactly a year ago, Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz teased that Arrested Development Season 5 will have connections to both Donald Trump and the hit Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer. You may recall that Season 4 ended with the murder of Lucille Austero (Liza Minnelli), whose body ended up disappearing. Series star Jessica Walter revealed in an interview that Arrested Development Season 5 opens with Buster Bluth (Tony Hale), Lucille's on-and-off lover, being arrested for the murder. This arrest will supposedly serve as the catalyst for this season.
It's worth noting that at the time of Mitch Hurwitz's comments, Donald Trump wasn't even the official Republican nominee for President of the United States, and now that he will take office next Friday, it's possible that the earlier connections to Donald Trump may have since been altered, but that's only speculation as of now. Mitch Hurwitz had said at the time he had several stories outlined for this season, but he kept putting off the actual writing of the scripts, because events started unfolding in real life that were similar to his stories. Season 4 also featured the Bluth family uniting to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, with Lindsay Bluth (Portia de Rossi) actually running for office as a Republican after her "Put up a wall" speech became incredibly popular. The parallels between this season and Donald Trump's ascension to the U.S. Presidency are quite eerie, so it remains to be seen how much these stories have been rewritten since then.