This is not a repeat of 2013, 2014, 2015, or earlier this year: The much anticipated fifth season of Netflix's Arrested Development is still going to happen, according to series creator Mitchell Hurwitz.
Speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour (via EW), Hurwitz told the press on hand, "We're very close." He added, "It's the thing I'm really desperate to do. We've got a lot of stories broken. We're ready to go. I'm so appreciative of the fans wanting more, I'd hate to tease them with information until we know it's going to happen... If it does happen, it looks like shooting would happen at the start of 2017."
The sitcom, which stars Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Jeffrey Tambor, Portia de Rossi, Tony Hale and Jessica Walter as the dysfunctional Bluth family, ran on Fox for three seasons from 2003 to 2006 before being revived on Netflix for a surprise fourth season in 2013.
Rumors of a fifth season have swirled ever since Season 4 ended, but there's been no formal news on it, just promises that it would happen from actors and producers. Promises that have so far gone unkept, likely due to the cast's busy schedules and the challenges of getting them all in the same room -- something that plagued Season 4 and left fans and critics unsatisfied.
Arnett currently works on BoJack Horseman and his own series Flaked (both for Netflix), Hale is a regular on Veep and Tambor is starring in the award-winning Transparent, among others.
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