‘Arrested Development’ Creator Mitch Hurwitz’s New Deal Is Very Exciting For TV Fans
Great news for TV fans who like watching their TV online! Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz is developing a new series for Netflix. According to Deadline, Hurtwitz has signed on to create and produce a new show as well as "develop projects with other creators as a non-writing executive producer and will consult for Netflix on comedy series." This deal is the first of its kind for Netflix which started airing original series in 2012 and now includes Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, and Hemlock Grove. The fourth season of Arrested Development aired on Netflix in 2013 and is what brought the company and Hurwitz together in the first place. There is currently no news of a fifth season or an Arrested Development movie.
Actually, there is no official word on the series Hurwitz is developing period, but could it be that this is the secret Mitch Hurwitz-Dan Harmon project? In a March interview with Rolling Stone, Community creator Harmon revealed that he and Hurwitz are collaborating. He told the magazine, "Okay, it would embrace the emerging mediascape, and use us both in a way that we weren’t compromising each other, but are still collaborating, and giving the audience a lot to digest. That’s all I’ll say."
"Emerging mediascape?" That sounds like just the kind of lingo one would use when talking about Netflix! And the not compromising thing could mean that they switch off with writing episodes... Okay, maybe that's a bit of a stretch, but I stand by the likelihood of the first part! It's clear now that Hurwitz is tied to Netflix, so it's unlikely he would be working on a conventional TV show at the same time. Plus, part of Hurwitz's new job is to "develop projects with other creators."
Regardless of whether the Netflix show and the Harmon show are the same thing, there is at least one exciting new show in our future and Hurwitz and Netflix sound just as happy about the partnership. Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said, "We are lucky to be in business with Mitch Hurwitz, a true genius with one of the most distinctive voices in comedy today. Mitch’s inventive approach to Arrested Development — one of the top TV comedies of this generation — was ahead of its time, and we’re fortunate to have him on our team."
Hurwitz echoed Sarandos' statements, saying, "It is incredibly inspiring to get to produce for Netflix, a company that not only doesn’t resist change but is leaps and bounds ahead of everyone in forging it. The fact that I’m also getting one month of their streaming right to my TV or Xbox free … well, it really takes the sting out of buying that Xbox."