Will Arnett has confirmed that Arrested Development is returning to Netflix for a fifth season. Arnett will reprise his role as Gob, of the dysfunctional Bluth family. Fans of the popular show were left disappointed after Fox cancelled it in 2006, before it was revived for a fourth season on the on-demand internet service.


Speaking on NBC's Today programme, Arnett - currently starring in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - said: "We are going to do more Arrested Development. Ted Sarandos and Netflix kind of let the cat out of the bag on that one. It's something we all want to do, so we're excited."

The show's fifth season is actually one of the worst kept secrets in television, given Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz signed a multi-year contract with Netflix in April this year. Hurwitz will create and produce several new series for the online provider, as well as working on new Arrested Development.

During a recent interview with USA Today, Netflix boss Ted Sarandos said he agreed with criticism that the cast didn't appear together enough during the fourth season, saying that organizing cast members' schedules is key to the success of the fifth season.

Sarandos also discussed plans for Netflix's new content, including Marco Polo - a series due later this year - a new sitcom starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, named 'Grace and Franklin'. 

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