Chicken dance #6
Chicken dance #6

Fan favourite Netflix is not allowed to air

FOR a moment there, it was looking like we were heading for a boyfight.

But now Australian fans of Arrested Development can breathe a sigh of relief because, a week out, it's finally been confirmed the fifth season of the cult comedy will be released here on the same day (or about 24 hours later).

You're probably so excited, you've blued yourself.

Foxtel will air all eight episodes of the first half of season five back-to-back on The Comedy Channel on May 30 from 5pm and it be available to stream on Foxtel Now at the same time. The show will also air weekly on Mondays at 9pm from June 4.

Earlier in the month, it emerged that Netflix does not have the rights to its own series in Australia due to an existing deal in place before the streaming service launched locally.

When Netflix revived the Jason Bateman-led series five years ago with a fourth season, the streamer had not yet officially appeared down under. Consequently, Foxtel snagged the first-run broadcast rights for that and future seasons.

The original three seasons ran on Channel 7 in a late-night timeslot but the show found a passionate fan base through its DVD release.

I’m with ... her?
I’m with ... her?

The fifth season sees the return of the Bluth clan after the cliffhanger ending in which Lucille II (Liza Minnelli) was found dead, with Michael (Bateman) a prime suspect in her killing.

Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat, David Cross, Jessica Walter and the scandal-plagued Jeffrey Tambor have all been confirmed as returning.

On Ellen this month, de Rossi said she had retired from acting and had told series showrunner Mitchell Hurwitz but he wrote her character into the show anyway.

The fourth season received a mixed reception with its different format of focusing on one character's perspective per episode, largely due to the production's struggle to get many of the actors together in one scene.

A month ago, Hurwitz announced he had recut the entire fourth season so that it closer resembled the style of the original series, which is available now on Netflix. It's a great primer for the new drop next week.

So don those denim cut-offs, grab yourself a platter of mayoneggs and watch out for those loose seals. Come on!

Arrested Development season five airs on The Comedy Channel on Foxtel and streams on Foxtel Now from May 30 from 5pm.

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George-Michael was desperate to hide the frontispiece.
George-Michael was desperate to hide the frontispiece.