Netflix continues to wade deeper into the waters of original programming. The provider of streaming movies and TV shows has announced that they have reached a multi-year contract with Mitch Hurwitz, the “Arrested Development” creator, writer and producer. Netflix and Hurwitz already had a relationship, teaming up to produce a fourth season of “Arrested Development” that debuted last year. While the possibility of new episodes of the highly acclaimed comedy has not been officially ruled out, the new deal with Hurwitz will focus on allowing the Emmy winner to create and develop new shows with his own Hurwitz Company overseeing everything.
The deal is another bold move for Netflix, which jumped into the original programming fray in 2013 with the “House of Cards” political drama starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. The series sent shockwaves through the industry, gaining legions of fans, loads of critical praise and giving Netflix immediate clout as a force to be reckoned with. The debut season of “Orange Is the New Black” the aforementioned fourth season of “Arrested Development” and the second season of “House of Cards” have done nothing to hurt the image of Netflix as a real player in the area of original content.
The Chief Content Officer of Netflix, Ted Sarandos, called Hurwitz a “true genius” and also added that the streaming content provider was lucky to have him on their team. Hurwitz expressed his excitement about the deal by saying how inspiring it is to be able to produce content for Netflix. He said that he admired Netflix because of their ability to stay ahead of the curve. The number of new shows that Hurwitz currently has in development for Netflix is as of yet unknown. It is also not known if Hurwitz plans to stay in his familiar realm of comedy or develop a drama.
In the meantime, discussions for a fifth season of “Arrested Development” are still ongoing. Hurwitz has stated that he is currently working on a movie based on the series, after which he will turn his attention to the possibility of making a fifth season. As before, cast availability will be a major stumbling block.