Provoking an Internet-wide chorus of “Come on!,” word has crept out that Netflix’s upcoming 14-episode fourth season of Arrested Development will likely be a one-time thing, so as to properly continue the cycle of hope and hilarity followed by crushing disappointment so integral to AD fandom. According to The Verge, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings told investors that season four is “a fantastic one-off,” albeit one that occurred under “non-repeatable” circumstances. “We don’t anticipate being able to do seasons five, six, seven,” Hastings said. “We have less of a stake in it. Arrested Development is a wildly successful tactic as opposed to fundamental to the strategy.” (Don’t you just love CEOs?)
So, as predicted, you’ll be able to shotgun all the new episodes in seven hours, and then go right back to waiting for that movie they’re supposed to be a warm-up for. On one hand, it stinks. On the other, we’re still getting another season, so we should probably stop complaining, and cease sending Netflix all of those “You’ve made a huge mistake” emails.