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Ben Stiller to Appear in Netflix's Upcoming Season of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT

February 26
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Netflix has confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Ben Stiller will officially appear in the upcoming fourth season of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, when the series premieres in May.

Stiller is set to reprise his role as Gob's arch-nemesis, the rival magician, Tony Wonder. It's unclear whether he'll appear only briefly, or in multiple episodes.

For the full report, head on over to The Hollywood Reporter.

Though the season may be the Cult hit's last, its list of guest stars is unwavering. Netflix commissioned a fourth season of Hurwitz's ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT in early 2012, securing original cast members and an all-star lineup of guest stars including Conan O'Brien and Liza Minnelli.

Yesterday, Netflix's CEO Reed Hastings confirmed the news that it would be essentially impossible to continue on with the series in the same capacity. n a conference call with investors, he said:

"Arrested is a unique property, we don't anticipate being able to do season five, six and seven," Hastings said. "We have less of a stake in it. It is really a fantastic one-off, which is coming together incredibly. I think it will be amazing for us, but think of it as a nonrepeatable amazing, whereas the other thing that we are doing is to trying to figure out a real mechanism where we can build shows and develop franchises over the long term. In that way, Arrested Development is a wildly successful tactic, as opposed to fundamental to the strategy."

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT centers around Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) and his eccentric family comprised of his son George Michael (Michael Cera), his father George Bluth Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor), his mother Lucille (Jessica Walter), his brothers George Oscar Bluth II (Will Arnett), Buster Bluth (Tony Hale) and sister Lindsay Funke (PORTIA DE ROSSI), and Lindsay's husband Tobias (David Cross) and their daughter Maeby (Alia Shawkat).

The 14-episode fourth season is set to premiere this May on Netflix.

Photo by: Walter McBride

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