Arrested Development new series to premiere early 2013 in UK

The fourth season of cult US comedy will be shown exclusively via on-demand service Netflix

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The wait is almost over for British and Irish fans of Arrested Development, with a new series of the cult US sitcom set to arrive on on-demand service Netflix early next year.

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The comedy about the dysfunctional Bluth family aired between 2003 and 2006 and was first shown in the UK on BBC2. But despite a dedicated fan base on both sides of the Atlantic, it was cancelled after its third series.

Last year, the creators announced they had signed up all the original cast members (including Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor and Portia de Rossi) and that a new series of the show was in production with a movie also planned. Today, Twentieth Century Fox confirmed that the fourth season will become available in its entirety exclusively on Netflix, from early 2013.

“Arrested Development is one of the finest American comedies in TV history and we are incredibly excited to bring it back for British and Irish fans,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.

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The first three seasons of the show are currently available to Netflix subscribers.