Arrested Development season 5 will be split into 2 parts on Netflix

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt begins to say goodbye as trailer for season four drops

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt begins to say goodbye as trailer for season four drops

The new season will reunite the show's original cast - including Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Jessica Walter, Alia Shawkat, Michael Cera, Will Arnett, David Cross, Portia de Rossi, Tony Hale, and Jeffrey Tambor - and is set to run for 16 episodes.

We're just a couple weeks away until the return of the Bluth family on Arrested Development's fifth season, but fans won't get the entire story right away. The first eight episodes will be available for streaming on Tuesday, May 29. However, only eight of the sixteen episodes will be available to binge watch as Netflix is splitting the series into two halves. Entertainment Weekly points out that the Emmy consideration deadline for 2018 is May 31, making Arrested Development eligible for this years awards. This is a strategy Netflix has adopted for some of its shows recently, such as The Get Down, The Ranch and the final season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Shows like The Walking Dead frequently air the first half of their seasons, take an extended break, and then air the second half months later. Unlike broadcast and cable, which release a single episode each week, Netflix typically releases all its episodes at once. And now, according to EW, it will doing the same thing for the upcoming fifth season of Arrested Development. The announcement was met with much rejoicing from Arrested Development fans, even those of us who weren't totally in love with season four: if nothing else, season five would bring the show's various characters back in steady contact with one another, and that's something we could all agree on as a plus.

The dispute, another example of the TV industry's complex economics, erupted after the stars were not happy creator Mitch Hurwitz and 20th TV re-edited the 15-episode fourth season to become a full 22 with the hope of providing a new lure for fans as well as landing a lucrative syndication deal for the series.

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