Television is currently in an era in which cancelled shows aren't necessarily gone forever, and the beloved Fox sitcom Arrested Development already came back from the grave once for a Season 4 on Netflix. The entire crew was back for the fourth season, and Gob Bluth actor Will Arnett now has some thoughts on the possibility of a fifth season coming together at some point. Here's what he has to say about what it would take for a Season 5:
I'll just say this: It's something that always out there and it's something that we're always constantly kinda talking about, and how can we do it and when can we do it. We go so far as to start to discuss the scheduling of it and when that would be, and for whatever reason it kind of gets slowed down. So, at this point, my answer is: 'I don't fucking know.' I know that everybody is game to do it. We all love doing it. The people responsible for actually putting it together just need to get their shit together.
Will Arnett didn't mince words in his chat with The Wrap about what has been stalling the development of more Arrested Development, and it's hard to blame him. Reviews may have been mixed for the Season 4 that changed a lot about what worked for Seasons 1 - 3, but the demand for a Season 5 is definitely still there among fans. The next set of episodes has evidently been in the works for more than a year. Tony Hale - also known as Buster Bluth - has said that he's on board for another go at Arrested Development, and series creator Mitch Hurwitz has revealed that the actors are all willing to return. Netflix reportedly wants a Season 5 as well. Unfortunately, earlier assertions that folks behind the scenes would start on Season 5 early in 2016 were premature, and there's no saying if and when everybody will be able to follow Arnett's suggestion and get their shit together.
Of course, Will Arnett isn't exactly resting on his laurels and refusing to pursue other roles while Arrested Development is on indefinite hiatus. On the big screen, he had a role in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 2014 that he reprised for the 2016 sequel, and he stole the show in The Lego Movie as the voice of Lego Batman. Arnett has been a highlight of The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret - which also features his Arrested Development co-star David Cross - and made a name for himself on Netflix with Flaked and BoJack Horseman.
It's nice to have options to get more of Will Arnett even without a Season 5 of Arrested Development any time soon, but it's difficult to watch him in other roles without missing him as Gob. I can't even hear "Final Countdown" without wanting to lecture somebody about the difference between a trick and an illusion. Hopefully the team at Arrested Development will find the time to collaborate and move forward on a fifth season sooner rather than later. Check out our fall TV premiere schedule to see what you'll be able to catch on the small screen in the meantime.