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November 11, 2005

Once again . . . Arrested Development on the chopping block

Filed under: TV — Tom @ 9:40 am

It’s getting to be kind of a habit, this seasonal grovel for Arrested Development viewers. Only this year it’s coming disturbingly early, according to this report. In short: the season’s been reduced to 13 episodes – no, not a direct bullet to the head, but more a “we’re just going to stop the breathing machine” type of death. AD’s also been pulled for the remainder of the November sweeps, but don’t fret, they’re hyping the hell out of Stacked, obviously a far superior piece of work. Note to Fox: sell this show to HBO – they’ll be glad to have it, as I’m sure many people would willingly sign up for HBO just for this show. I know Alissa and I would.

Update: As you may have seen in the comments, it’s official, Arrested Development is dead. Eight more episodes starting Dec. 5 and that’s it. I mean, why bother hyping the show that’s won Emmy awards when you’ve got the brilliance of Stacked to promote? Of course I’m not bitter or anything . . .

Let’s sum up Fox by quoting David Cross (you know, “Tobias”) from his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel’s show back in February . . .

I hope Fox puts in its place, like, you know, America’s Cutest Retards. What’s left for them to do? We got midgets trying to pull an elephant. What’s left? We’ve got orphans trying to figure out who their dads are…come on. Let’s go with retards. OK? Let’s do it.

The safest thing to do when it comes to Fox is, no matter how good something is, just don’t watch it. Because if it really is good, it’s going to get cancelled, and you’ll be upset. Better just to skip it altogether. They’ve proven this true over and over again: Andy Richter Controls the Universe, Undeclared, The Family Guy, Firefly . . . all well received shows that were never given a chance to really grab an audience. Yeah, sure, Fox gave 2.5 seasons to AD, but they never did anything to help it. It’s just astounding that Fox couldn’t make this work – this show is not that complex, people, but it is smart, and it should have been the next Seinfeld. Not in style, obviously, but in impact. Alas, it will live on as DVD sets – at least we have that much.



  1. Selling the show to HBO sounds like a smart move — it’s more their type of thing. I haven’t been watching AD during its initial airings, but I’m loving the DVDs! What a fantastic show.

    Comment by Chris — November 11, 2005 @ 10:54 am | Reply

  2. Looks like it’s definitely getting the ax…

    Comment by Chris — November 11, 2005 @ 12:37 pm | Reply

  3. I can taste the sad. However, the plus is that after episode 13, I now have absolutely no reason to tune to Fox.

    Comment by Tom — November 11, 2005 @ 2:51 pm | Reply

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