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Netflix has announced that it has inked a multi-year deal with Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz that will allow the writer-director to create and develop shows for the streaming site.
Considering Netflix’s past reluctance to tie its creative fates to a single production company, this deal will be a first for the new network. Teaming with Hurwitz does make sense, as Netflix aired last year’s comeback season of Development, the first since the series was canceled by Fox in 2006. While the announcement does not address the possibility of any future seasons of Arrest Development, rumors persist that Netflix would love to air another outing for the show, but it is simply a matter of being unable to pin down the expansive and busy cast.
In addition to developing his own projects for the network, Hurwitz will be tasked with working alongside other creators and shepherding the development of other potential Netflix comedies. Currently, Netflix is home to two of the most talked about drama series, Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, but hasn’t made much of a buzz in terms of comedies, with Arrested Development their sole wholly comedic offering (while Orange competes in the comedic category for awards purposes, the series is more dramatic than comedic). Terms of the deal between Hurwitz and Netflix, including the time duration, were not released.