Have we seen the last of Arrested Development? Netflix and creator Mitch Hurwitz have yet to weigh in on a possible season 6, but Tony Hale seems open to the idea. Hale plays Buster, one of the members of the Bluth family that we've been following for more than a decade and a half now.
I recently had the chance to speak with Tony Hale in honor of Toy Story 4, which is now available on home video. During our chat, I asked the actor about possibly returning as Buster in the future and if he personally thinks we've seen the last of Arrested Development. While Hale things season 5 buttoned things up pretty well, he certainly didn't shut down the idea of coming back for more. Here's what he had to say about it.
"Buster's always inside of me. I don't know. I mean, it seems like after watching that last season, it seems like it was capped off pretty well. But, you know, somebody mentioned earlier, after Toy Story 3, they're like, 'We thought that was capped off Too.' You never really know, but Buster had a lot happen. My favorite thing with Buster was there was so much happening in that show that the props department would just come up to me at times and just stick a different hand on my arm. And I remember one time to the props guy. I was like, 'So wait, why am I wearing this hand?' And he's like, 'I don't know, just go with it.' Nobody really knew what was going on. We just were like, let's just go for it. It was a very it was a wild ride."
Arrested Development has had a long, winding and wild road over the years. The series originally debuted on Fox in 2003 and ran for three seasons. While the unconventional sitcom was met with widespread praise from critics, it simply didn't bring in the ratings needed to make it a hit at that time on network television. So, Fox canceled it and that was that. Or so it seemed. Then, when Netflix started to experiment with original programming, they decided to revive the show for season 4, which finally arrived in 2013, a full decade after it initially premiered.
The cast, which also includes the likes of Jason Bateman, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Michael Cera and David Cross, is rather busy and tough to pin down together, so it took a few years to get season 5 in the books. Netflix split the season up in two parts, with part 2 debuting in March. Season 5 saw Buster caught up in a murder trial, amongst many other things.
Netflix is currently outspending every other studio in the business when it comes to content. Between Disney+, Apple TV+, HBO Max and NBC's Peacock, amongst others, the streaming service arena is about to become very crowded and the content will be what sets others apart in the marketplace. Is there still room for Arrested Development season 6 in that landscape? Or maybe a one-off movie to truly tie everything up once and for all? Your move, Netflix.