The Byrde family saga will arrive soon after the renewal of Netflix Ozark for a fourth and final extended season.
The drama, starring Jason Bateman, Laura Linney and Julia Garner, was renewed for 14 final episodes with the season divided into two parts of seven episodes.
The new season will mark the final chapter of the Byrde family’s journey from suburban Chicago life to their criminal feat in the Ozarks, particularly after the end of the third season.
Bateman plays Marty Byrde, a financial adviser turned into a money launderer for a Mexican drug cartel, who moves to Lake Ozarks to compensate for the cartel. Linney plays the part of his wife Wendy, who gets involved in a number of schemes, including casino operations in the third season. The returning cast includes Garner, who plays Byrde̵
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Chris Mundy will return as a showrunner, writer and executive producer and reunite with Bateman as the creative force behind both sides of the new season.
Produced by MRC Television, it is produced by Bateman, Mundy, Mark Williams, John Shiban, Patrick Markey and Bill Dubuque. Linney will also be an executive co-producer for the fourth season.
The show was a slow hit for Netflix, which revealed during its first quarter financial results that the third season would be seen by just under 30 million in the first four weeks after the first one on March 27th.
The film, which was launched in 2017, garnered 14 Emmy nominations with two wins, to date, for Jason Bateman for best director for a drama series and for Julia Garner for best supporting actress in a drama series and a nomination for the exceptional drama series. The series also earned two Golden Globe nominations and six Screen Actors Guild nominations for his performances by Bateman, Garner and Laura Linney.
Bateman, Linney, Garner and Mundy recently appeared at the Deadline Contenders Television livestream event. “We are very proud of what we have done, but we would be lying if we said we didn’t have a little help with the viruses,” Bateman told Deadline. “We had some free timing with the show coming out when everyone had nothing else to watch except their walls and television. I hope people like what they were watching, “he added, noting that while the captured audience was kind, it was the talent group behind the camera and in front that really made a difference.
The streaming platform hasn’t revealed when it plans to air the final run of Ozark but it probably won’t be before 2021, depending on the duration of the shutdown of COVID-19 production.
Of the renewal, Bateman said: “A season of huge size means huge problems for the Byrdes. I’m excited to end up with a bang.”
Mundy added: “We are so happy that Netflix has recognized the importance of giving Ozark more time to end the Byrdes saga. It has been a great adventure for all of us, both on and off the screen, so we’re excited to have the chance to bring it home in the most rewarding way possible.
Cindy Holland, vice president of original content, said:Ozark it’s a gripping drama that has captivated audiences around the world and met with huge critical acclaim. We are so grateful to Chris, Jason, Laura, Julia and the entire cast and crew for all their tireless dedication to the show and we can’t wait to see how Byrdes’ journey will end. “