'Arrested Development' Season 5 Will Be Split Into Two Parts; Here's Why

'Arrested Development' Season 5 Will Be Split Into Two Parts; Here's Why

Anyway, now you know: the first half of Arrested Development season five will still be along in a couple of weeks, but your viewing parties will end much sooner than expected.

Of course, for many die-hard fans, a split season will simply lead to two shorter binges at different points in the year.

"The 16-episode fifth season of Mitch Hurwitz's irreverent, ultra-dysfunctional comedy will be split in half, with eight episodes arriving on May 29, EW has learned". The first eight episodes will be released on May 29 but the next eight will be released later, but it's not clear if that will be in 2018 or if it'll be pushed into 2019. 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.

Arrested Development fans were surprised and thrilled to learn that the new season was arriving unexpectedly this month. The first part (six episodes) will be released one day after Arrested Development on May 30 with the back half coming out at a yet-to-be-announced date. But Netflix must feel the first batch of episodes is Emmy-worthy if it's rushing to release them by the consideration deadline.

One of the goals with the re-do was to get all of the series' actors into the same episodes, a goal the fifth season has also set out to accomplish by arranging a shooting schedule that worked for the entire cast.

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos assured fans previously that the season 4 standalone character format would be abandoned for season 5, with fans finding that "the Bluths will collectively [spend] more quality time" together.

Netflix is giving itself as many opportunities for Emmys as it can muster, splitting up several of its original comedies into two parts to maximize awards consideration. But whatever happens, Michael will always come back to save the family. Recently, creator Mitch Hurwitz re-cut season 4 to play more like the classic seasons of Arrested Development - a move that ended up angering numerous cast members.

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