Arrested Development remains on Netflix
Development stopped no longer leaves Netflix. THE streamer announced on Twitter that the show will remain on the platform after licensing issues nearly led to its removal.
While Netflix originally planned to drop all five seasons of the show on March 15, including the two Netflix-produced ones, that never happened. That’s because Netflix struck a deal with Disney-owned 20th Century Studios, which still owns the rights to the series after it premiered on Fox in 2003, according to a report by Vulture.
Under the new agreement, Vulture reports that Netflix will get exclusive streaming rights to the series and the first three seasons of the show will finally leave Hulu later this year (sorry, Hulu subscribers). The deal would allow Disney to also sell the linear television rights for all five seasons, meaning the show could end up on any television network, whether or not it’s owned by Disney.
Development stopped, which stars Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, the late Jessica Walter and many other stars, has long remained a staple on Netflix. (It was definitely one of the very first series I watched when I first subscribed to Netflix nearly a decade ago now.) Not to mention the show is also one of the very first original series from Netflix. After the streamer captures Development stopped following its cancellation on Fox in 2006, Netflix revived it for two (somewhat disappointing) seasons, with one premiering in 2013 and another landing on the platform in two separate parts in 2018 and 2019.