Jason Bateman says Arrested Development season 5 will be the “best year ever”

The acclaimed comedy series is returning to Netflix after a five-year hiatus

Jason Bateman (Getty, EH)

Jason Bateman is really, really excited about the next series of Arrested Development on Netflix.

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The comedy, which was last shown in 2013, has won a Golden Globe and six Emmy awards.

Arrested Development centres around Michael Bluth, played by Bateman, and his eccentric family.

Bateman, speaking at Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys event, described the show’s hotly anticipated fifth season as the “best year ever, and I’ve not said that before”.

Original creator Mitchell Hurwitz is back, along with the entire series regular cast, including Bateman, Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi, David Cross and Alia Shawkat.

There was uncertainty as to whether Tambor would be returning to the show, after allegations of sexual harassment were brought against him in 2017, but his Arrested Development co-star David Cross said in February that the cast “stand behind” the actor.

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A release date for season five of Arrested Development, which wrapped filming in November, has not yet been announced.