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Netflix scores new Arrested Development episodes for 2013

updated 08:20 pm EST, Fri November 18, 2011

Netflix gets lock on Arrested Development return

Fox and Imagine Television confirmed a major deal on Friday to get new episodes of Arrested Development. The agreement outlined by Variety would revive the cult hit TV show starting from early 2013. It reportedly won out in a fierce bidding competition with traditional TV that included Showtime, among others.

The terms of the deal weren't given out, but are likely to be expensive. Netflix' first exclusive show, the Kevin Spacey headliner House of Cards, is unofficially believed to have cost over $100 million.

It comes in sync with plans for an Arrested Development movie and could be crucial to Netflix keeping its status as the primary source of online video in the US. Netflix is on the verge of losing Starz content that, while a small piece of its overall content, may cost it variety that it has been working for years to build. A deal, while not coming for over a year, would help smooth out the public relations fiascoes created first by hiking the price of getting both DVDs and streaming as well as the flip-flop on splitting off DVDs under Qwikster.

As an exclusive, it could significantly shut out competitors like Apple and Amazon. Both as a whole get much more recent content through their willingness to sell TV episodes, but they rarely have true exclusives.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -5

    2013?

    Does that really seem like a "win"? Who knows the landscape of media in 1 1/2 years, much less the popularity of this show after being off 7 years. (Although, I was a big fan of the show!)

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  1. bojangles

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    I love *Arrested Development*, but...

    ...my biggest concern is that, now that it's off the networks, they'll destroy it. Part of the beauty of *Arrested Development* was that it skirted the line without ever quite going over it (aside from the unaired extended pilot). Netflix won't have to abide by FCC rules, so I'm afraid the creators will follow the example of uncanceled shows like *Futurama* and ramp up the content to TV-MA.

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