"The 16-episode fifth season of Mitch Hurwitz's irreverent, ultra-dysfunctional comedy will be split in half, with eight episodes arriving on May 29, EW has learned".
We certainly hope to get them before the year is up, however, because fans are going to be clamoring for more of the Bluths after this appetizer of eight episodes that will likely be devoured in less than three hours when it is released.
For Your Consideration: Half of Arrested Development Season Five
This is very similar to the strategy being used by Netflix for the fourth and final season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, whose first six episodes premiere on Wednesday, May 30.
Apparently, the split is being done for the sake of awards consideration, with a release date prior to May 31 allowing the first episodes of the show to be considered for Emmy Award nominations.
Also, as SlashFilm reports, the fact that Netflix is only releasing half of the latest season of Arrested Development suggests the remainder of the episodes aren't ready yet.More news: Shirebrook-born World Cup victor Ray Wilson dies aged 83
The "remixed" version of season 4, which initially debuted in a Rashomon-style of storytelling to mixed reviews, was dropped onto Netflix Friday, taking the footage from season 4 and reworking it into a traditional 22-episode sitcom format. The series also recently confirmed that Jeffrey Tambor would be returning for season five, despite sexual misconduct allegations that led to his firing from Amazon's Transparent.
The entire cast will be back for season 5 of Arrested Development.
Netflix is giving itself as many opportunities for Emmys as it can muster, splitting up several of its original comedies into two parts to maximize awards consideration.More news: Hull City: Allan McGregor confirms Rangers return
Netflix will not be releasing the new Arrested Development season in its entirety. This was primarily done to accommodate the busy schedules of the cast, but it robbed the show of the magic that came from watching the ensemble bounce off each other.
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