‘Arrested Development’ Jason Bateman Admits Season 4 Was an Epic Fail

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Finally! At least someone is willing to speak the truth! Arrested Development star Jason Bateman just admitted that season 4 was a huge failure.

Season 4 aired on Netflix after a long hiatus and many episodes did not have the entire cast together. Jason told EW,

“Because of certain limitations we had with actors’ schedules and exclusivities to other shows, and budgetary constraints, [Hurwitz] had to pivot a bit off of that. And also it was an interesting thing for him to do because he was embracing the interface of Netflix, which was fairly new at the time in original programming, and wanted to be able to basically have you click out of one episode and click into somebody else’s episode and see a different view point on this simultaneous action.”

But the truth is, the cast is what made the show a cult favorite, and breaking them up just did not work at all. And Bateman knows it. He said,

“Ultimately, editorially, it didn’t really come together as well as he wanted it to, and then he had to dictate an order of watching, and it ended up being a little bit more complicated than I think one intended.”

So when Netflix announced that it would air Arrested Development season 5, we were skeptical. Ok, we thought it was a terrible idea. But Bateman insists that the entire cast will come together this time and it will be way better.

He also added that the season will be a bit of a murder mystery, which could be good. He said,

“The central spine of that story of is the death of Liza Minnelli’s character, and a bit of whodunit, who may have done it, who had something to do with it.”

Would you watch Arrested Development season 5?

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