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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

An utter disaster

Just found out that Arrested Development got cancelled by Fox.  As the Bluths would say, "Someone's made a huge mistake."  Here's hoping HBO will pick it up.   The truth is that the show benefits from being watched back to back rather than one half hour each week, so buy the DVD and make Ron Howard and your kinsmen happy. It's absolutely hilarious television.  And who knows, maybe DVD purchases will spur further production.  (Blame Drezner by the way; it's his fault.)

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Arrested Development is the best thing on tv, but it's unwatchable if you miss more than one episode in a row, and thus difficult to come into the middle, and understand why George Michael has a "Dangerous Cousins" poster or why there are blue handprints all over the wall or any of the multitudes of other callback jokes that make the show so good. So it was doomed to failure on a network. HBO won't pick it up, alas; they only want their own original shows. It's too expensive for Comedy Central. That leaves Showtime (or a miracle renewal by Fox because their 2006 schedule is so empty), but neither looks especially likely.

Posted by: Ted | Nov 27, 2005 10:33:04 AM

I never understood what the appeal of AD was; the few times I watched it, it seemed utterly devoid of appeal or humour.

On the other hand, a lot of people loved it, and Fox remains the arch-enemy (for cancelling Firefly - which, like Family Guy, for that matter, returned from the tomb when the DVD sales went stratospheric), so buy away.

Personally, I'm far more distressed at the prospect of having to sit through four more seasons of Jimmy Smits in The West Wing, although it remains baffling (or, as NBC would have it, "suspenseful") precisely what the deus ex machina (the one which rescues the Santos campaign from the doldrums of its total want of policy and sheer awfulness of its candidate) will be. If it gets much worse, it's going to turn into Commander in Chief.

Posted by: Simon | Nov 16, 2005 1:20:50 PM

It is beyond me how a show like "7th Heaven" can cling to life for 10 seasons, yet a show that is arguably on par with, if not better than, the Daily Show gets destroyed.

I blame Fox's crappy advertising for the lack of viewership. The baseball hiatus didn't help either.

Posted by: Bev | Nov 16, 2005 10:51:23 AM

I agree with this post entirely.

Posted by: Joseph Slater | Nov 16, 2005 9:36:19 AM

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