January 20, 2017

“Arrested Development” could be heading to Netflix, Hulu


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: With news reaching the wires that “Areested Development” would be returning to TV for a limited number of episodes as it sets up a movie, one of the questions that needs to be answered revolves around where the shows will air. FOX canceled the cult program years ago, so we’d assume they are out of the running. And now, it looks like Netflix and Hulu are the top contenders for the rights to air the new episodes.

Vulture digs into the behind-the-scenes negotiations, saying Showtime and Netflix stepped up to the plate at first, but later were joined in the fray by Hulu about making a play for the TV side of this intriguing equation.

“Insiders familiar with the talks between Hulu and [20th Century Fox] tell Vulture that Hulu has gotten 100 million streaming impressions from ‘Arrested Development’ clips, episodes, and outtakes since Hulu started in 2008,” the site adds. “Clearly both companies think that the one site offering new episodes should prepare for a fan onslaught.”

Those same sources say that it’s “unlikely” the new “AD” will end up on FOX, and FX has not been in the discussion, either. Fans are waiting to see where they’ll have to go to see the continuing story of the Bluth clan. Hopefully we’ll know soon enough.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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