During a Netflix panel at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas, Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz revealed that the upcoming fourth season of the critically acclaimed former Fox series would be like an anthology series. The entire main cast would be returning: Will Arnett, Jeffery Tambor, David Cross, Jessica Walter and Alia Shawkat (excluding Jason Bateman, Portia De Rossi, Tony Hale, Michael Cera and Ron Howard who were not in attendance).
"The seeds for a Netflix reunion came from a simple party conversation with Ron Howard, that let to a meeting with Brian Grazer, which led to a meeting with Mitch Hurwitz, which led to a meeting with Gary Newman at Fox. It was clear that everybody wanted to come back; we just need to figure out how to make it work with everyone's incredibly busy schedules. We decided not to follow the conventional definition of a season; we would produce exactly how many episodes were needed to tell the story." — Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer