Now the story of a wealthy family who lost everything, then seven years later found it again, then thought they might have lost it once more but will find it again in 2018, and the one streaming service that believes it has no choice but to keep them all together.

It’s “Arrested Development” Season 5.

Netflix announced Tuesday that it has formally greenlit a fifth season of the show to air in next year. That will be roughly five years since Season 4 of the show debuted on the streaming service, which in turn was seven years after the show’s initial run on FOX.

The renewal comes about a week after star Jason Bateman signed on. The rest of the show’s cast — Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Portia de Rossi, David Cross, Michael Cera, Alia Shawkat, Will Arnett and Tony Hale — are set to return as well.

“In talks with Netflix we all felt that that stories about a narcissistic, erratically behaving family in the building business — and their desperate abuses of power — are really underrepresented on TV these days,” creator Mitch Hurwitz says in a statement. “I am so grateful to them and to 20th TV for making this dream of mine come true in bringing the Bluths — George Sr., Lucille and the kids; Michael, Ivanka, Don Jr., Eric, George-Michael, and who am I forgetting, oh Tiffany. Did I say Tiffany? — back to the glorious stream of life.”

In part because of scheduling issues, the first Netflix season largely told single-character stories, rarely bringing the cast together. The new season will likely be set up for more ensemble work. A specific date for its launch hasn’t been set.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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