In 2013, Netflix debuted the fourth season of Fox’s canceled comedy Arrested Development. In the five years since it premiered, a lot has transpired. Now a new season is closer than ever to arriving on Netflix, but one of the questions that have been looming over the upcoming installment is whether actor Jeffrey Tambor would be among those featured. Now that question mark has been replaced with an answer. Netflix has confirmed that Tambor will appear in Season 5 of the series.
The streaming giant had given the go-ahead for Season 5 almost a year ago, when harassment allegations against Jeffrey Tambor had yet to surface. Those allegations ultimately led to him leaving his role on Amazon’s critically acclaimed series Transparent back in February. Since the allegations surfaced, Jeffrey Tambor has adamantly denied them and criticized “Amazon’s handling” of what he referred to as the “false accusations” against him.
Netflix’s announcement about Jeffery Tambor’s involvement in Season 5 follows months of speculation that can now be resolved. While Variety‘s report answers what Netflix’s decision on Tambor’s status is with Arrested Development, the streaming giant did not include an explanation. In other words, Netflix did not elaborate on how they came to their decision. Only time will tell if that changes.
Like Transparent, Jeffrey Tambor has been with Arrested Development since the series began. Tambor stars as George Bluth Sr. on the comedy. The character’s arrest is what helps set off the events of the series. How much he will actually be seen remains a mystery apart from everything else. Some of Season 5 is said to be part-prequel, which means some of the original cast may not appear with the force they have in previous seasons of the series.
Despite all of the conversation that has been focused elsewhere, Jason Bateman has expressed his excitement over Season 5. Not too long ago, he even made a pretty bold pronouncement about the quality of the much anticipated and long-awaited season. At the time, he did not share whether Jeffrey Tambor would be involved in Season 5. One of the details he has shared is that Season 5 will involve a “whodunit” related to the death of Liza Minnelli’s character in Season 4.
There is still no premiere date set for Season 5 of Arrested Development. Netflix just released a remixed version of Season 4 to help hold fans over. To find out when other series are set to arrive on Netflix, check out our guide to all of the new and returning shows set to debut on the streaming service via our 2018 Netflix premiere rundown. If you want even more info on television-related content, check out our guide to TV’s summer premieres.