Netflix Picks Up Exclusive UK Rights To New Season of ‘Arrested Development’ & FX’s Comedy Series ‘The League’

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Netflix UK & Ireland has closed a deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution to acquire the exclusive rights to the upcoming fourth season of comedy series Arrested Development and FX’s comedy series The League, which revolves around six friends competing in a fantasy football league. The first three seasons of Arrested Development are already available to subscribers of the streaming service, with the show’s 10 episode fourth season set to premiere on Netflix in early 2013.

In addition to securing rights to Arrested Development and The League, Netflix’s agreement with Fox clears the way for the streaming service to offer other hit shows such as Modern Family, Lie To Me, The Killing and Sons of Anarchy. These shows join a long list of Fox productions which are available on Netflix, including 24, Prison Break and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.

Speaking of the deal, Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer, said: “Arrested Development is one of the finest American comedies in TV history and we are incredibly excited to bring it back for British and Irish fans. “As today’s announcement with Twentieth Century Fox clearly shows, we’re continuing to add all kinds of great content for our UK and Ireland to enjoy when and how they want it.”

While Gina Brogi, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Pay Television and Subscription Video on Demand for Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, added: “We are thrilled to expand our relationship with Netflix by bringing the groundbreaking new season of Arrested Development to fans in the UK. This deal continues to build on prior deals by providing Netflix UK with more of our iconic shows and exposing our content to an even broader audience.”