Friday, November 11, 2005

Arrested Development's development arrested

So those bozos at Fox cut down the third season of Arrested Development, one of the best shows to hit tv...ever, to 13 episodes, more than likely signaling its cancellation. Seriously, I can't think of another comedy so consistently brilliant, tightly written and deftly acted as this one. No wonder it got virtually non-existent ratings, though. It wasn't stupid. This is a show that rewards the viewer on multiple viewings. There is so much foreshadowing, gags and throughly interwoven plotlines that the average idiot out there wouldn't be able to understand. That's why garbage like According to Jim still sees daylight, and Freddie Prinze Jr.'s show gets renewed. Can someone explain to me why The War At Home even managed to make it to air, much less stay on the schedule? What is Fox thinking? Yet, they can a once in a lifetime show like AD.

AD feels more like one of those HBO comedies. In some off chance, I hope a cable channel revives it and makes little 10 or 13 episode seasons of it. A scheme like that would very much work in this show's favour but I know that's a pipe dream.

People don't want intelligent programming it seems. Every once in a while, a smart show manages to navigate past the idiot-filter and stays on the air. I'm just glad and very much surprised that AD lasted 3 seasons. Everyone thought it would get the axe after season 1. In any case, at the end there will have been 53 episodes produced and as long as DVD is around, I'll be able to watch the Bluth clan to my heart's content.

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