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Arrested Development is coming back for one more abbreviated season ahead of a feature film, and Hulu and Netflix are reportedly now in a bidding war for exclusive distribution of the show’s new episodes.
New York magazine, which broke the news, says the competition is tough because both websites are seen as an attractive outlet to reach the show’s loyal fan base.
Hulu has gotten 100 million streaming impressions from Arrested Development clips, episodes and outtakes since the website launched in 2008. Netflix, which lost a million subscribers in the past year but is nonetheless an online force to be reckoned with, has already made the move to stream original programming with Kevin Spacey’s House of Cards, and is aching for another high-profile deal to boost its falling profits.
The new, 10-episode season of Arrested Development will be co-produced by 20th Century Fox, but it doesn’t look like it’ll end up on Fox or any of its sister stations, since the series has no possibility of continuing past this single season (sorry to dash your dreams). Cable network Showtime and Netflix originally contacted Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz after plans for the new season and film were announced, and Hulu quickly followed suit, according to New York.