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– by Seth McDonald

Variety is reporting that the dysfunctional Bluth family will return for a fifth season of Arrested Development. After many rumors and delays the fifth season is finally official. Series creator Mitchell Hurwitz, who will executive produce, is returning along with the shows full cast.

“In talks with Netflix we all felt that that stories about a narcissistic, erratically behaving family in the building business — and their desperate abuses of power — are really underrepresented on TV these days,” said Hurwitz on Wednesday.

On the other side of that conversation, chief content officer for Netflix, Ted Sarandos said, “Arrested Development brings us structures, outerwear and choreography like no other comedy in history.”

While expectations on the fourth season were insanely high due to the series having produced some of the smartest and most well written episodes of any show within the last few decades, the new season was met with mixed feelings from fans. While they may have felt a bit underwhelmed, many were just glad to have the show back.

Narrated by Ron Howard, the widely loved sitcom was once on the ‘canceled to soon’ list. The series ran on FOX from 2003-2006. Much to the dismay of fans, FOX canceled the show after its third season, but thanks to Netflix the series was revived for an all new, 15-episode season that was released in 2013.

Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) is the only member of the family with any real morals or common sense, though he not completely immune to the influence of the rest of his family.  Michael is joined by his Father, George Bluth Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor), who begins the series by going to prison, His mother, Lucille, (Jessica Walters), a character who’s love for herself is only rivaled by her love for alcohol.  His idiotic magician brother, George Oscar Bluth (Will Arnett) Michael’s vapid and selfish adopted sister, Lindsey Fünke (Portia de Rossi), who is trapped in a loveless marriage with the world’s finest analyzer and therapist, Tobias Fünke (David Cross). Michael’s awkward and confused son, George Michael (Michael Cera), who begins the series with a forbidden crush on his (thought to be) cousin Maeby (Alia Shawkat), the daughter of Lindsey and Tobias.

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SOURCE: Variety