Those with wit and humour were collectively bummed when "Arrested Development" seemed to completely disappear into oblivion a few years back… that is, until Netflix announced an exclusive deal to stream a number of episodes of the quirky comedy in 2013. And we all collectively cheered… until it was disclosed that Canada wouldn't have access to the Netflix streaming. And then we were bummed… again.
That's right: Postmedia News reported that Steve Swasey, vice-president of Corporate Communications at Netflix, said Wednesday that “the return of 'Arrested Development' exclusively on Netflix will be in the U.S. only.”
"Arrested Development" is a Mitchell Hurwitz creation that aired on FOX for three seasons and was then cancelled back in 2006. It stars Jason Bateman ("Sit Down Shut Up," "Horrible Bosses"), Portia de Rossi ("Nip/Tuck," "Better Off Ted"), Will Arnett ("The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret," "Up All Night"), and Michael Cera ("Juno," "Childrens Hospital"). The show won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy (given to Bateman), six Emmy Awards, and received more than 60 other nominations. Despite the honours as well as great reception from critics, it seemed to only have a cult following and did relatively poorly in the general ratings, leading to the FOX network giving the program the axe.
Netflix will stream 10 episodes of "Arrested Development" next year, and it seems that for now anyway, Canadians will have to wait, in typical (polite) fashion, for their American neighbours to share their bounty of entertaining television.