After nearly 5 years, Arrested Development is finally returning with new episodes on May 29th on Netflix. While details of the plot of this season have largely remained secret, it appears the show is picking up rather close to where it left off at the end of Season 4, as Lindsey Bluth (Portia de Rossi, Scandal) is still running for congress as the ending of Season 4 suggested she would (with a yard sign that bares a probably not so coincidental resemblance to Trump’s sign). The fate of the other subplots however remain unknown. It has long been rumored that Season 5 would be centered around the murder/disappearance of Bluth family friend Lucille 2 (Liza Minelli), yet it was not mentioned during the trailer.
It has been confirmed that all nine members of the original cast will be returning, including de Rossi, Jason Bateman (Ozarks), Will Arnett (Bojack Horseman), Michael Cera (Superbad), Allie Swawkat (Search Party), Jeffrey Tambour (Transparent), Jessica Walter (Archer), David Cross (Kung Fu Panda) and Toby Hale (Veep). Their had been concern that Tambour would not return to the show after his very public exit from Transparent amid sexual harassment allegations. But much like the Bluth family itself, it appears nothing can keep this team apart, no matter how many years pass or crimes they allegedly commit.
It has already been confirmed that many of the shows popular recurring characters will appear, such as bumbling family attorney Barry Zuckerkorn (Henry Winkler, Happy Days). This season will also add Kyle Mooney (SNL) and Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under). The show’s famous stair car will also be returning, as well as the hop-ons (You’re gonna get some hop-ons).
The season will be split into two halves, with Part 1 airing May 29th and Part 2 airing later this year. This is likely to qualify Part 1 for this year’s Emmy consideration. By doing this, Netflix is signaling confidence that this season of Arrested Development shall add to the show’s 6 Emmy wins and 25 nominations. And if it doesn’t, well, there’s always money in the banana stand.