"The original season four of Arrested Development on Netflix, as some of you know, experimented with a Rashomon-style of storytelling - with each episode dedicated to the adventure of one member of the Bluth family", Hurwitz explained.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Netflix will only deliver eight of Season 5's 16 episodes when the show returns on May 29. At the time of the announcement, the majority of the cast - also including Jessica Walter, Jeffrey Tambor, Alia Shawkat, and Tony Hale - was pulling in $100,000 for their solo season 4 episodes, $50,000 for each episode in which they had limited screen time, and $25,000 for the installments they "barely" appeared in.
This is very similar to the strategy being used by Netflix for the fourth and final season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, whose first six episodes premiere on Wednesday, May 30.
May 31 is the deadline to qualify for Emmy consideration, and by releasing half seasons for both Arrested Development and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt just prior to that date, Netflix can get both shows in under the wire. With seven additional episodes resulting from the modified season 4, the stars could be missing out on a sizable chunk of cash. It'll represent the first new season of the former FOX-turned-Netflix series since 2013.
Netflix is giving itself as many opportunities for Emmys as it can muster, splitting up several of its original comedies into two parts to maximize awards consideration.
The dispute, another example of the TV industry's complex economics, erupted after the stars were not happy creator Mitch Hurwitz and 20th TV re-edited the 15-episode fourth season to become a full 22 with the hope of providing a new lure for fans as well as landing a lucrative syndication deal for the series.
In the aftermath of Cinco de Quatro, the Bluth family are all facing one question, that no one quite has the answer to; where is Lucille Two?
Of course, it's worth noting that in olden times, back when Arrested Development was on Fox, we'd all have to wait weeks and weeks to take in an entire season of the show.