Netflix revives 'Arrested Development,' gets streaming exclusive

It turns out those rumors last month that Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) was going to pay for a revival of Arrested Development were true.

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The cancelled Fox comedy about the Bluth family has been off the air since 2006.

And, if you want an AD fix, you're going to have to go through Netflix, which Friday said it had reached an exclusive deal with Imagine Television and Twentieth Century Fox Television. The series is set to return in 2013.

The cancelled Fox comedy about the Bluth family has been off the air since 2006; Netflix is counting on its audience to still be intact, at least enough so that the roughly 10 episodes planned will be well received.

The cast, and how long it will actually run, have yet to be decided, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Netflix declined to comment on the deal.

The Arrested Development revival is Netflix's most recent foray into original content, but it's right in line with the vision CEO Reed Hastings has for the company. As AllThingsDigital notes, Hastings wants to make Netflix an online destination for exclusive programming, much like HBO and Starz on cable.

For more:
- see this AllThingsDigital article
- see this WSJ article

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