The "remixed" version of season 4, which initially debuted in a Rashomon-style of storytelling to mixed reviews, was dropped onto Netflix Friday, taking the footage from season 4 and reworking it into a traditional 22-episode sitcom format.
"The 16-episode fifth season of Mitch Hurwitz's irreverent, ultra-dysfunctional comedy will be split in half, with eight episodes arriving on May 29, EW has learned". Part two follows at an unspecified date, while the producers and studio Universal TV have been talking to Netflix about a film to wrap the whole story up. "The second half of the season, which also contains eight episodes, will debut sometime later this year".
In the trailer for the upcoming fourth season of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) has a new job at tech company Giztoob, where she has to deal with insecure men making sexual harassment claims against her and men anxious about their declining social dominance.
This isn't an uncommon practice for Netflix comedies, or for network and cable shows either who split up their seasons all the time.
Due to some Emmys release calendar magic, "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" is dropping six episodes of Season 4 just in time to keep all the annual nominees eligible for 2018 consideration.
In addition to Tambor, de Rossi, Hale and Shawkat, Arrested Development also stars Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Jessica Walter, Michael Cera and David Cross.