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The State of "Arrested Development"

arrested4.jpgCynthia at Cynopsis had a nice little wake-up call for me this morning. She, like many other people, are wondering just what the hell is going on with Fox's "Arrested Development."

Despite the many news stories that went out about a month or so ago, the show has NOT been cancelled yet. All of the pulling and switching and hiatuses and the reduced order for this season don't exactly give off even a faint whiff of success though.

In reading the "AD" message board on earlier this week, fans seem to think that Fox is making a last ditch effort to keep the show alive. The network actually seems to be advertising the show! They replaced the now-cancelled "Kitchen Confidential" with "classic" episodes of "AD!" Now whether this is to save the Bluth family, jack up the price of shifting them to another network, or boost the ratings of skyrocketing DVD sales -- well, who knows?

The exciting news is that the buzz on the show getting picked up by another network is good -- and plentiful. The Hollywood Reporter says that Showtime may be a major contender, although others have thrown out the names such as HBO and ABC. I'd like to second the motion that NBC pick it up. If the Peacock wants its precious must-see lineup back, try pushing a "make your own laughs" night -- all sitcoms without the traditional laugh track -- "Scrubs," "My Name is Earl," "The Office" and throw in the addition of "AD."

Truth is, I am not getting my hopes up yet. While other networks have saved a few shows, there are plenty of them that were deemed ahead of their time and killed off before they ever caught on. And there are a lot of costs involved with this show, which is not limited to its $1.6 million-per-episode price tag. Yes, we are lucky to have had three seasons of the show. But I am completely stumped how a show can be winning awards one minute and on the network's shitlist the next.

For now, we just wait. After all, nothing can happen until Fox officially gives "AD" the pink slip. Keep tuning into what could be the last episodes of "Arrested Development" every Monday night at 8:00 p.m. (EST) on Fox.

For more "Arrested Development" news, visit TV Fodder's Arrested Development News section. -- Rachel Cericola

Posted by Rachel Cericola on December 14, 2005 8:33 AM
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This show must be saved. I don't care which channel it's on. I don't care when it's on. I simply need to know that genius like this continues to exist. I just watched the most recent episode and, once again, I laughed my ass off the whole way through. WHY DO PEOPLE NOT WATCH THIS SHOW?!

-- Posted by: mac at December 14, 2005 10:49 PM

No doubt this is the funniest show on TV in years. Not only do I watch it each week (when it is on), I also record it on my PC so I can watch again later. Perhaps that is a bit lame, but nothing compared to the way Fox is jerking with it and not giving the show its due. They promote some wretched 'skating with the stars' until I puke, but AD can't get the time of day from Fox execs. Do something with it, don't just let it die! Long live the Bluths!

-- Posted by: Tom at January 12, 2006 1:37 PM

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