We got the brilliant news just last month that the Mitch Hurwitz-created TV show, Arrested Development, will be making its long-awaited return with not just the planned movie, long in development, but also a fourth season prior to its big screen debut, which would take us from the time between the end of the third season and the start of the film.

Variety are now reporting that Netflix have secured the rights for the fourth season, with an eye to air the new episodes early in 2013, which is excellent news in my books. Given that last month we also heard that Netflix, one of the US’ biggest TV/movie streaming companies, is coming to the UK and Ireland early next year, this means that by the time the new episodes of Arrested Development are airing, we’ll have the company who has the licence available to us here too!

Life is good.

Of course, this is just conjecture on my part, given that I know nothing about licensing rights. And this is also assuming that Netflix will take off on this side of the Atlantic. Personally, I’m hoping it will be received really well over here, because that would give us at least the chance to see the new season of Arrested Development without having to wait for it to come out on DVD.

As I’m sure you can tell, I’m a big fan of the show, and cannot wait to see more of it in both the new TV season and the film. With its terrific cast that includes Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, David Cross, Alia Shawkat, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Tony Hale, and Portia de Rossi, with the genius Ron Howard narrating, along with literally dozens and dozens of fantastic cameos, Arrested Development was by far the smartest and funniest comedy shows on TV, in my opinion, and its return couldn’t be more highly anticipated. It is going to be one of the best things to happen to TV in a very long time. As always, more news as and when we get it.