The Bluths are splitting up. Netflix is dividingSeason 5 into two halves.
According to, the first eight episodes will drop on May 29 as previously planned. But now, the last eight episodes will debut sometime later this year.
Netflix has done this before with other shows; the upcoming season of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is also split, with the first half dropping on May 30.
The split is a bummer for fans, who’ve waited a long time for Season 5 and will now have to wait for those last eight episodes.
The streaming service is likely doing this to rake in as many Emmy nominations as possible. The first halves of “Arrested Development” and “Kimmy Schmidt” will make it just in time for Emmy consideration for this television year. Presumably, the back halves will vie for consideration next year.
“Arrested Development” creator Mitch Hurwitz recently(which originally streamed in 2013). It was chronological telling of the season, which had focused each episode on one family member.