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Title: Arrested Development
Post by: Weak2ndAct on October 24, 2004, 12:25:59 AM
I've seen people mention this once or twice in other threads, but after watching season 1 on dvd, dammit this show needs it's own.  

I watched maybe one episode when it was originally broadcast (football, Alias, and drinking usually prevented so), so I blind-bought the dvd based on a friend's rabid recommendation (27 bucks at Best Buy too, quite a deal) and LOVE LOVE LOVE it.  

The humor is so off-the-wall and insane... god, there are too many favorite things to mention, but hands down Gob is my favorite character.  His sexual misadventures (banging that woman/dude to get back at Bateman had me howling), bad magic tricks, and that perfect mix of stupidity and arrogance just get better with every show.  And the topics of humor!  Incest, non-nude-fear, prison life, the blind, girls gone wild... the list is too long.  A great mix of highbrow and slapstick.  Great guest stars too (who knew Henry Winkler was this funny?).

And god bless Mitchell Hurwitz for understanding the comedy of bleeps.  "I'm so happy, I could kiss your *BLEEP*!"
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Sleuth on October 24, 2004, 01:02:21 AM
I'd been avoiding this after I missed the first hanful of episodes because I didn't want to start in the middle of the season.  After renting only the first disc so far, I know that this is one of the best shows on TV in a looooong time, even beats out some other famous HBO comedies.

The bleeping IS great, except for the kid magician scene.  After watching the uncensored cut, the beeping in the aired version was ALL wrong.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on October 24, 2004, 05:01:48 PM
Great show.  Everyone on the show is hilarious.  I hope the DVD and 2nd season do well.  The one with Carl Weathers was so funny.  "Throw in some potatoes and you've got a stew goin'."
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on October 24, 2004, 10:21:21 PM
yeah, i was just going to look for any Arrested Development thread and i cant believe there wasnt one.   a brief history....

i think tv sucks for the most part so i dont watch much of it.  i had heard about AD when it started last fall but since i didnt watch tv, i wasnt interested.  somehow over the summer when they were re-running the shit out of it i caught about 4 episodes and loved it.  since i have been doing the 'tv show' thing this year this has become my new one.

so i started going through season one on dvd last week and its great.  love the show, love the cast, love the fact that its still on tv!  *unlike so many other shows i've fallen in love with recently (twin peaks, freaks and geeks, etc.) i think the traditional sitcom has been dead since seinfeld ended and this is the next place for it to go.  i just started disc two so i'll check back in with more thoughts.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: edison on October 24, 2004, 11:37:11 PM
STEVE HOLT!!!!

This is my fave show, it has me bursting out laughing at almost every second. Every actor that is on here has been pitch perfect. To those who have never seen it, and it seems we all pretty much have the same sense of humor on here, you will love this.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on October 25, 2004, 09:54:06 AM
I watched the first disc and half of the second and am falling in love with the show all over again.  I can't wait to start watching the 2nd season.

The bleeps from Buster were hysterical.  We barely hear him say anything most of the time and he lets out this stream of curses.  David Cross is a hoot, but I don't want to spoil any scenes for those who haven't seen the show.

The DVD transfers are 16:9, but everything is framed to fit within the 4:3 center of the frame.  I watched some of it zoomed in on the DVD player and the framing is actually a little better.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Sleuth on October 25, 2004, 09:01:59 PM
"They don't allow bees in here"
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Pubrick on October 26, 2004, 02:21:03 AM
fine i'll steal it.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on November 04, 2004, 10:06:47 PM
yeah i just finished season one.  this is a great show, and i'm so happy its still on tv despite the fact that no one (including me) watched it when it was on.  hopefully the endless reruns, awards, and dvds will get it the audience it deserves.  i love the running jokes and continuing storylines and the 'next time on' even though most of the time its not what happens the next episode.  all of the characters and the whole cast is great.  david cross is particularly hilarious.  its going to be painful after blowing through the whole first season in a week to have to wait a week at a time for that precious 20 minutes.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Pedro on November 04, 2004, 10:34:19 PM
honestly, the best sitcom ever.  everything about it is so perfectly done.  the whole verite style is excellent.  the editing also is able to pack so much  funny into so little time.  

but of course, the acting is easily the best part of the show.  all of these brilliant characters are played by who seems to be the only person fit for the role.  favorites are Tobias and Gob...

i could go on forever.  if you have a television.  watch this show
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Sleuth on November 04, 2004, 11:09:13 PM
ONE PROBLEM....wayyyyyy too much narration
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Pubrick on November 10, 2004, 01:16:09 PM
Quote from: Sleuth
ONE PROBLEM....wayyyyyy too much narration

i'm up to episode 9 and i just HAVE TO VENT!!!!!! (it's ur fault)

there are so many things i like about this show (eg. the cast!) but some things are driving me insane:

HATE
- repetitive backstory narration
- "on the next episode", not on episode 6 for sum reason.
- the jerky camera goes overboard sumtimes.
- and the worst thing, it seriously made me stop watching it and post this whole thing..

the replacement of the actress who plays MARTA.

from this beautiful goddess:
in the aptly titled 'Key Decisions' (ep 4)
(http://xixax.com/files/P/goodmarta7.JPG)
(http://xixax.com/files/P/goodmarta2.JPG)
(http://xixax.com/files/P/goodmarta1.JPG)

to this.. monstrosity:
appearing in a quick flash in 'My Mother The Car' (ep7); fully "fleshed" appearance in 'Storming The Castle' (ep9); and more to come, probably.
(http://xixax.com/files/P/badmarta1.JPG)
(http://xixax.com/files/P/badmarta1a.JPG)
i'm finding it hard to believe that michael would want to betray his brother for this skeletor. ugh. FUGLY.

if anything, it betrayed one of the season's (so far) most ekzellent moments, where michael officially fell for her..

(http://xixax.com/files/P/goodmarta3.JPG)
thanks in part to her acting and their perfect chemistry, which is immesurably superior to the walking cadaver replacement. i'm sorry but i can't see this subplot advancing any further with the new chick, not only does she make me unhappy in the pants, she is just WRONG WRONG WRONG for (what i imagine has potential to be) the crucial role that will eventually bring sum justice to michael's life.

i'm really...FUCK.. really disappointed.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: RegularKarate on November 10, 2004, 01:26:22 PM
Yeah, that pissed me and the wife off too.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Fernando on November 10, 2004, 01:38:30 PM
Quote from: Pubrick


the replacement of the actress who plays MARTA.

from this beautiful goddess:
in the aptly titled 'Key Decisions' (ep 4)
see pics above

to this.. monstrosity:
see Fugly pics above

i'm finding it hard to believe that michael would want to betray his brother for this skeletor. ugh. FUGLY.

thanks in part to her acting and their perfect chemistry, which is immesurably superior to the walking cadaver replacement.


 :rofl:  
I love that the pics are named goodmarta and badmarta, badmarta looks a little like Sarah Silverman although I like Sarah and not this walking cadaver.  :lol:

I've never seen this show but like you, I will eventually see it because the 'right ppl' liked it.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on November 10, 2004, 07:48:59 PM
I hadn't seen the first Marta until I watched the DVD and I thought she was better looking than the second one (Okay, so I'm shallow).  Not sure why they replaced her.  The new one isn't as good an actor either.  But the caps are hilarious.

Sleuth and Pubrick had a problem with the narration.  So, mistaking a group of garishly dressed men for homosexuals they boarded a van full of pirates.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Pubrick on November 12, 2004, 11:07:30 AM
Quote from: Sleuth
this is one of the best shows on TV in a looooong time, even beats out some other famous HBO comedies.

no, it really doesn't.

i finished season one tonite, saw 2 commentary episodes, plus the other extras. so i'll get the bad part out of the way first.. this show is definitely overrated.

it's no curb, office, or sumthin else i can't think of right now. however, and this is a powerful word, HOWEVER:

i enjoyed it very much. my favorite ppl were easily Tobias and Gob, i think they are the most perfectly cast roles i've ever seen. they single handedly elevate the show into its own realm of sincere comedic brilliance. besides that my enjoyment increased exponentially when they discontinued the marta story. i can't wait for season 2, and to see if george-michael does mayby. she is hot.

the framing is much better at 4:3, ur able to understand all the minute razzooms* that can be tedious on widescreen.

overall i would place this third after curb and the office in the ranks of new-millennium comedies.

*i made up this word, i think it means razor sharp zooms.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on November 12, 2004, 11:30:59 PM
yeah i was disappointed as well when they dropped the marta storyline, although i had actually caught marta #2 first on a rerun before i saw the original one so the actress switch didnt bother me as much because i knew it was coming.  although it does seem inexplicable, i wonder what the reason was?  i've never seen curb, but if its better than this than i'm excited.  

i thought last weeks tv premiere was sort of a disappointment, so hopefully they'll get back into the groove.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Sleuth on November 13, 2004, 01:36:53 PM
In the commentary, the cast seemed really upset when Marta#1 was briefly mentionedad>cye
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on November 13, 2004, 04:19:32 PM
because they miss her, or because they hate her?
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Sleuth on November 13, 2004, 04:41:22 PM
Sounded spiteful
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Pubrick on November 13, 2004, 06:51:13 PM
actually when portia de rossi i think mentioned she hadn't noticed marta had been replaced the spite (as well as from the others) seemed directed at the new marta. but then in the last episode commentary they do joke about her crashing a plane..  :shock:

at the very least, it was at both.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: edison on November 17, 2004, 06:11:17 PM
Episode 2 was pretty funny......some funny stuff from Cross, running around following Portia while painted blue.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on December 05, 2004, 11:02:06 PM
i was a little disappointed with the season opener, 2 was better and the last two have been on par with some of the best season 1.  yeah tonights episode was a riot.  the peanuts theme!  busters stripper army uniform!  the sadaam hole!  just awesome hilarious.  i wonder if the ratings are any better?  or if they continue to win emmys if it will matter?
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: RegularKarate on December 06, 2004, 12:46:55 PM
I think this season might end up better than the first.  Last night's episode might be my favorite so far.  It was really jam-packed with good shit.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Weak2ndAct on December 06, 2004, 05:46:39 PM
I'm still smiling over the fact that they actually got a red dog house and a dog sleeping on it... christ, that's wonderful!  And I love how they keep referencing bits from last season ('slut' and the tomb gag).  Gob's gay flashbacks also a howler.  They should bring back Marta and have a third actress play her.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Sleuth on January 07, 2005, 02:34:27 PM
a few days ago Gervais confirmed he'd be on AD
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on January 07, 2005, 02:57:16 PM
where?!?!  :yabbse-grin:
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Sleuth on January 07, 2005, 03:05:34 PM
A couple of days ago he told me personally on AIM by linking me

here (http://www.chortle.co.uk/news/nov04/arrested.php)

and then today

there's this (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/tv_and_radio/4152361.stm) which has a lot more info on other stuff that you'd all be interested in
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Bethie on February 06, 2005, 02:46:31 AM
This show is pretty good. 8)  I'm up to episode 18 in season one. I love the narration.


I DID notice a change in Marta but didn't think anything of it. haha. The first one is much prettier.


The special guest are always fun and some surprised me! i.e. Heather Graham, James Lipton, Amy Poehler, Julia Louis Dreyfus.


My fav character is Lindsay. She has nice hair, great style, loves money, is carefree, and is just a halfwit.

Gob annoys me. I wish it really was him on that scooter during the night when Lucille tried to run him off the road.

Buster should be put in some institution. He's retarded. I like when he acts normal. (well less retarded shall we say)

Oh, I love Lucille. She's so cold hearted.

Michael is just cute. You can't take him seriously. haha.


*300
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on February 10, 2005, 02:43:14 PM
WORST...RUMOR....EVER
Source:  AICN

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT Shuttered??
I am – Hercules!!

Is the banana stand closing shop?
Did Fox lose all confidence in “Arrested Development” when the Hollywood Association of Waiters and Cabdriv … er, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association decided to bestow its all-important “best comedy” Golden Globe on “Desperate Housewives” instead?
A Jimmy Kimmel viewer relates:

I was not too worried, but obviously upset when earlier today their 22 episode season was reduced to 18 in favour of more American Dad, but David Cross on Jimmy Kimmel tonight said the show "stopped production" this morning. It sounds like they are more or less through. Which is just truly terrible, as this was one of the remaining watchable TV programs, and probably the best comedy around. Please post this so others can be aware and maybe help.

Well, yes, when the order is trimmed, production will stop sooner rather than later. But did Cross say something about it defintitely not starting up again next season?

As far as I know, Fox has not formally pulled the plug on “Arrested,” and has at least till mid-May to decide if the comedy will turn up on its 2005-06 slate. Still, giving the borrible “American Dad” its timeslot for May sweeps? Not the best sign.

My advice for "Development" fans? Sign up for cable.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on February 10, 2005, 07:21:26 PM
Mitch Hurwitz on The Onion AV Club (http://www.theonionavclub.com/feature/index.php?issue=4106)
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on February 11, 2005, 09:30:23 AM
A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM FOX
Dear Arrested Development Fans:

Thank you for your e-mail and your passionate support of Arrested Development. While the show has finished production for its second season, contrary to the rumors you may have heard or read on the internet, it is NOT cancelled.

We at FOX love Arrested Development and we look forward to having the Bluth family back on FOX in the future – hopefully for many years. You can help make the show a bigger success by getting as many people as possible to start watching the show this Sunday and every Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT.

Sincerely,
Fox Broadcasting Company
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ultrahip on April 17, 2005, 08:00:40 PM
Say what you want about America - 13 bucks still gets you a lotta mice.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Sleuth on April 17, 2005, 08:07:53 PM
http://getarrested.com/

just reminding
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ultrahip on April 17, 2005, 08:41:13 PM
Thanks.

Asshole.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Gamblour. on April 17, 2005, 08:45:21 PM
Tonight's episode was the hardest I've ever laughed while watching TV.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on April 17, 2005, 10:13:22 PM
i'm freaking out.  if this gets cancelled, i'll die.  i'm trying to tell everyone i know about it, but it just may not be enough...  :(

i don't think i've ever cared so much about a tv show before.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Pubrick on April 18, 2005, 08:47:25 AM
so is it still as overrated as the first season?
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on April 18, 2005, 12:16:24 PM
Quote from: Pubrick
so is it still as overrated as the first season?


Yes, if by that you mean that the first season is not overrated.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Weak2ndAct on April 18, 2005, 01:48:57 PM
Sad to say, but I gave up on this about 5 or 6 eps back.  While I enjoyed the first season immensely, once season 2 began to establish the awful trend of just rehashing all of the plotlines and situations from s1 (in fact, to the point where they basically even have the 'doubles' of eps in the same time frame) I slowly got less interested.  And George Sr. living in the attic is not a good substitution for all that great prison material.  'No touching!'
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: meatball on April 18, 2005, 02:42:44 PM
Supporting Arrested Development supports Jeffrey Tambor which supports the cult of Scientology!
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ultrahip on April 18, 2005, 03:27:07 PM
Speaking of cults, on the road from Dallas to Austin, has anyone else seen or heard of the Monolithic Dome Institute?  My friends and I pulled over and holy fuck...most surreal experience of my whole life.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Chrisdarko on May 09, 2005, 04:33:11 PM
If this show gets cancelled beacuse of first dad i will be so royaly pissed I love this show and first dad sucks ass :twisted:
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on May 09, 2005, 05:00:11 PM
Quote from: Chrisdarko
If this show gets cancelled beacuse of first dad i will be so royaly pissed I love this show and first dad sucks ass :twisted:

First Dad?
Is that, like, the President?
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Chrisdarko on May 09, 2005, 05:12:30 PM
american dad :oops:
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on May 13, 2005, 04:08:10 PM
BEST NEWS ON THE PLANET< EVER OF ALL TIME

E! Online TV gossip Kristin "Watch With Wanda" Vietch even reports that “Arrested Development” is “very likely” to get two full seasons totaling 44 episodes!!
Read all the gory details here: http://www.eonline.com/Gossip/Kristin/Archive2005/050513.html
Fox officially announces its fall slate on May 19.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: cine on May 16, 2005, 05:18:40 PM
FOX DOES MORE TIME WITH "ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT," ORDERING A FULL THIRD SEASON
Released by FOX

FOX DOES MORE TIME WITH "ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT," ORDERING A FULL THIRD SEASON

FOX gets ARRESTED again. The network has ordered a third full season of the Emmy Award-winning comedy series ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, it was announced today by Peter Liguori, President, Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company.

"ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT is one of the best comedies on television. The decision to order another season becomes easy when you consider its amazing cast, creative brilliance, critical acclaim and advertiser appeal," said Liguori. "It's my first official pick-up since taking the job, and I think it's a great way to start."

The critically acclaimed series revolves around Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman), the good son who must run the family business and continue to pick up the pieces as he keeps his offbeat family from falling apart. The comedy has featured guest appearances by numerous stars including Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Liza Minnelli, Heather Graham and Ben Stiller. Last year, the show received five Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series, Writing, Directing, Casting and Editing. Additionally, Jason Bateman won a Golden Globe for Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy Series and the show was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards for Outstanding Musical or Comedy Series. This past season, the cast was nominated for a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. The show was also named an AFI Program of the Year and received the Critics' Choice Award for Best Comedy, among other accolades.

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT is produced by Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox Television. Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, David Nevins and Mitch Hurwitz are executive producers.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Pubrick on May 16, 2005, 08:28:57 PM
Quote from: Cinephile
The critically acclaimed series.

they should incorporate that into the title.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Pas on May 16, 2005, 10:00:19 PM
I love Arrested Development but I hate people who like Arrested Development. Kinda like what Ghandi said about christians.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on May 17, 2005, 12:10:15 AM
Quote from: Pas Rapport
I love Arrested Development but I hate people who like Arrested Development. Kinda like what Ghandi said about christians.


But I like you, Pas.
(http://www.macandstuff.com/weblog/images/uploads/dvd-shreck2.jpg)
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: noyes on June 02, 2005, 05:49:06 PM
"daddy horny michael.."
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ultrahip on June 03, 2005, 02:55:19 PM
"this kind of agility?"
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on July 19, 2005, 11:12:04 AM
Title: Arrested Development
Released: 11th October 2005
SRP: $39.98

Further Details
Fox Home Entertainment has officially announced the second season of Arrested Development which stars Jason Bateman. This three-disc set will be available to own from the 11th October this year, and should set you back around $39.98 or thereabouts. Each of the episodes will be presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen with English Dolby Surround tracks. English, French and Spanish subtitles will also be provided. We have no word on extra material for this one yet, but we'll bring you details shortly.

SWEET!
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: awesome4 on July 29, 2005, 09:49:22 AM
Nice looking coverart for the Best show around!
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Pubrick on July 29, 2005, 11:38:22 AM
Quote from: awesome4
Nice looking coverart for the Best show around!

where? u should post a pic cos ur reaction makes no sense.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on July 29, 2005, 01:41:45 PM
(http://img120.imageshack.us/img120/8122/arresteddevelopmentr1artpic5gk.jpg)
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: awesome4 on July 29, 2005, 02:13:09 PM
Sorry it's my first day I thought you could find out on your own. Nice looking coverart for the Best show around!  Chill out ya pubrick ass!
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Redlum on July 29, 2005, 02:19:56 PM
^?lol

Is that Uncle Oscar's outline perched on his shoulder?
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: awesome4 on July 29, 2005, 02:22:24 PM
I believe so, that's great they included him in the bunch this time around and on the spine Tobias is in his Blue Man Group paint.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: grand theft sparrow on July 29, 2005, 03:59:29 PM
Quote from: ®edlum
^?lol

Is that Uncle Oscar's outline perched on his shoulder?


Actually I think that's Franklin.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Pubrick on July 29, 2005, 10:43:41 PM
pretty shitty cover if u can't make out what's what.

and the blurb is ridiculous..
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Pas on July 30, 2005, 08:51:01 AM
Once in the history of time comes a sitcom like Arrested Development ? what the fuck
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: 72teeth on July 30, 2005, 10:02:39 AM
sounds made up, they're starting to use the fact that the majority doesn't watch them as one of their in jokes.

Anyone have the article that this was bliped from? M'guff?
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: JG on August 02, 2005, 10:13:14 PM
don't e ven get me started--best show ever.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: 72teeth on August 05, 2005, 08:09:24 PM
Mini-Marathon on fox tonite @ 8:00
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: MacGuffin on August 30, 2005, 12:13:27 AM
Theron books stint on Fox's 'Development'
Source: Hollywood Reporter

Oscar winner Charlize Theron is set to add some star power to Fox's "Arrested Development" when its third season debuts next month. Theron has signed on to guest star in five episodes of the series, playing a British woman who becomes the love interest of "Development" star Jason Bateman. Theron will debut in the second "Development" episode of the season, following its Sept. 19 premiere. Theron earned her best actress Oscar last year for her portrayal of a serial killer in "Monster."
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on August 30, 2005, 12:57:44 PM
Geez, I hope AD doesn't start regularly using famous guest stars as a gimmick.  They already had Ben Stiller, Martin Short, a few others.  Carl Weathers is the best though.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Gamblour. on August 30, 2005, 02:55:40 PM
Even if it did, I don't think it could hit the rock bottom awfulness of Will and Grace and their celebrity usage (i think this sentence is worse than the critic's line on the season 2 cover)
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on August 30, 2005, 03:13:00 PM
Friends, in its last few seasons, also had a lot of guest stars.  

W&G is what would be born if Bravo and E! had a baby.  They're both gay, I know, I know.  ESPN2 was the sperm donor.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on August 30, 2005, 07:01:38 PM
Quote from: Ravi
Geez, I hope AD doesn't start regularly using famous guest stars as a gimmick.  They already had Ben Stiller, Martin Short, a few others.  Carl Weathers is the best though.

umm, they've had a ton of people on already but as long as you don't watch the commercials PIMPing the gueststarts its not annoying because everyone seems to fit into the show so far and really go for it.  the only person that didn't seem to fit were ben stiller and martin short because they were a little more extreme than AD usually is, but still funny.   as long as it is serving the story and not like 'hey, i want to meet kevin bacon' and he shows up.  i'm glad they're keeping her on for a few episodes.  the ones about michaels girlfriends usually end up being best.  julia louise dreyfuss, heather graham, christine taylor, marta #1 & #2.  yeah, some of the best.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on August 30, 2005, 08:02:20 PM
Yeah, they're generally pretty good about fitting the guest stars in.  Martin Mull was pretty good, so was Thomas Jane.  Henry Winkler's great in his recurring role.

Martin Short was just not funny.  But then again I'm not a fan of his shtick anyways.  I'm just glad he didn't play Jiminy Glick.

BTW, Marta 1 and 2 were famous?
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Pubrick on August 30, 2005, 11:24:05 PM
Quote from: Ravi
BTW, Marta 1 and 2 were famous?

for ruining the show, yes.

random comment about curb: it's so good u don't even a big deal when they hav "guest stars", granted it's usually cos they play themselves but it's still the best guest appearances ever. not "oh look how cute, he has a new girlfriend, that lovable rascal! darn tootin". gina gershon's career highlight is now in The Survivor.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: MacGuffin on September 06, 2005, 09:51:21 PM
Chachi's "Development" Deal

Chachi is horning in on Fonzie's turf.

The Happy Days-obssessed masterminds of Arrested Development have tapped Scott Baio to take over as Bluth family lawyer this season, replacing Henry Winkler, who's heading off to his own series, CBS' Out of Practice.

"I just got the call on Friday," Baio tells E! Online TV columnist Kristin Veitch. "I play their attorney. I'm taking over for Barry Zuckerkorn. And I'm just here to represent the family in whatever's going on in this nutty show."

Baio's character will have some low standards to live down to. In Development's two seasons, Zuckerkorn (whose Website is BarryGood.biz) has managed to stay employed despite some utterly inept lawyering and potentially deviant behavior.

It's the second big casting coup in recent days. Last week, Fox announced that Oscar winner Charlize Theron would appear in five episodes as a British woman who becomes the love interest of Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman).

The Emmy-winning series kicks off its third season Sept. 19 in a new time slot, 8 p.m. on Mondays. Theron will make her debut in the second episode; Baio will make his grand entrance the following week. So far, he's only signed for a one-off appearance.

Winkler (who in a wink to his Fonzified past, literally jumped a shark last season) costars with Stockard Channing as divorced doctors in CBS' Out of the Closet. The series premieres Sept. 15.

Baio's big break came as Fonzie's cousin Charles "Chachi" Arcola in the 1977 season of ABC's Happy Days. He eventually fell for Joanie Cunningham (Erin Moran), got a spinoff (Joanie Loves Chachi) and returned in time for Happy Days' final season in 1984, which ended with Joanie and Chachi getting hitched. In the intervening years he's mostly been relegated to TV movies and guest-starring roles. Baio's last series was supposed to be the 1997 Fox sitcom Rewind, but it was scrapped before it even made it to air.

Most recently he appeared as himself in the werewolf flick Cursed and joined the rest of the Happy Days campers for an ABC reunion special.

Arrested Development's Happy Days roots run deep. Aside from Winkler and Baio, erstwhile Richie Cunningham Ron Howard produces the show through his Imagine Entertainment and also serves as the series' narrator.

"We're thrilled to have Chachi here," cracks Will Arnett (Gob Bluth). "I'm hoping Pat Morita is next."
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on September 06, 2005, 10:26:19 PM
yeah i was wondering how winklers cbs show was going to affect his role here.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: edison on September 13, 2005, 09:09:40 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v25/sassyliker2d2/lj%20posts/arrested-development-charlize01.jpg)
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: 72teeth on September 13, 2005, 09:18:28 AM
Good, it looks like she's playing a nut and not a "norm."
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on September 21, 2005, 11:35:49 PM
Monday's season premiere was hilarious.  Arrested Development in top form. I hope this isn't the last season  :?
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on September 22, 2005, 07:08:19 AM
ratings were BAD.  it came in FIFTH only beating UPN.  even WB beat it.  it was great, but i noticed that because there was so much catching up to do (from all the loose threads of last seasons finale) it sped through so many things that anyone watching for the first time would've been like "what the fuck?" (more than usual).  but apparently we don't have to worry about that cause even after all their efforts, nobody new was watching.  FUCK.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Gamblour. on September 22, 2005, 09:18:59 AM
Well Fox has condemned it with this shitty new night. So low ratings should be no surprise.

"That's not a ...VOLvo.."

"Now I'm going to reek of tuna melt."
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: JG on September 22, 2005, 09:04:48 PM
my favorite scene was when michael  said to lucille, something like, "Maybe you should go up to the cabin with somone."

Lucille:  "Who's gonna wanna go in those old musty flap traps?"

Then there was an akward pause for like 3 seconds and Michael says, "You mean the cabin."  

Classic.  Best show ever, in my opinion
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on September 22, 2005, 09:46:09 PM
Quote from: modage
ratings were BAD.  it came in FIFTH only beating UPN.  even WB beat it.  it was great, but i noticed that because there was so much catching up to do (from all the loose threads of last seasons finale) it sped through so many things that anyone watching for the first time would've been like "what the fuck?" (more than usual).  but apparently we don't have to worry about that cause even after all their efforts, nobody new was watching.  FUCK.


People suck.  They'd rather watch Two and a Half Men or Survivor.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on September 22, 2005, 11:39:40 PM
i'm pretty sure i saw Buster from AD walking out of Barnes and Noble tonite.  i almost shouted "BUSTER!" but restrained myself.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Pubrick on September 23, 2005, 03:44:59 AM
Quote from: JimmyGator
Classic.  Best show ever, in my opinion

let me guess, The Family Guy is second.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: JG on September 23, 2005, 08:39:28 AM
Quote from: Pubrick
Quote from: JimmyGator
Classic.  Best show ever, in my opinion

let me guess, The Family Guy is second.


no.  i don't watch much TV but Curb would probably be the second.  not a big family guy fan.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Pubrick on September 23, 2005, 09:12:53 AM
i wasn't expecting that response.

in that case, Curb should be first. watch more Curb until u agree.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: JG on September 23, 2005, 10:49:30 AM
why did you associate family guy with arrested development?  the shows aren't similar.  do you think the fans are?  

what exactly don't you like about arrested development?
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Pubrick on September 23, 2005, 10:58:29 AM
Quote from: JimmyGator
do you think the fans are?

obviously.

Quote from: JimmyGator
what exactly don't you like about arrested development?

maybe u should read the rest of the thread, and also the subtitle to The Small Screen forum.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Gamblour. on September 23, 2005, 11:00:03 AM
FG fans are not AD fans.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Pubrick on September 23, 2005, 11:01:28 AM
Quote from: Gamblour
FG fans are not AD fans.

anyone who thinks this is the best show ever suffers from the same mental deficiency as kids who say "Family Guy is the best animated show ever! LOL omg i'm so random SPLOINK"
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: JG on September 23, 2005, 11:04:17 AM
Quote from: Pubrick
Quote from: Gamblour
FG fans are not AD fans.

anyone who thinks this is the best show ever suffers from the same mental deficiency as kids who say "Family Guy is the best animated show ever! LOL omg i'm so random SPLOINK"

i get the impression that you like AD, you just think it's overrated.  I can respect that.  I disagree, but I can respect that.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Pubrick on September 23, 2005, 11:28:16 AM
Quote from: JimmyGator
Quote from: Pubrick
Quote from: Gamblour
FG fans are not AD fans.

anyone who thinks this is the best show ever suffers from the same mental deficiency as kids who say "Family Guy is the best animated show ever! LOL omg i'm so random SPLOINK"

i get the impression that you like AD, you just think it's overrated.  I can respect that.  I disagree, but I can respect that.

well then u are a better non-confrontational man than me.

i would like to see a serious challenge to this post i made in the Curb thread, which explained clearly why AD can never be "the best show ever"..
Quote from: Pubrick
Quote from: modage
i'm inclinded to say that they're not really comparable because of the different styles (scripted vs. improv).

haha, any excuse will do..

"oh one's jerky camera-moves seem natural and the other is trying way too hard."
"oh one's an ensemble which according to ron howard's marketing department means a larger demographic can relate, while the other has single characters with more dimensions and complexity than an entire ensemble."
"of course! one is scripted so u'd think they'd hav better dialogue/story/characters, while the other 'made up on the spot' one has almost too much genius per episode with lines that hav already entered the pop culture lexicon."

i agree, there is no comparison.

i'd like to add another: one needs narration to explain every joke and character's motivation, while the other leaves everything unsaid and is more hilarious for it.

my god, seriously, even if Curb is NOT better than AD -- which i don't doubt it is -- how can anyone honestly say that this overrated, overhyped, and over-calculated fluff is better than ummmmm EVERY SHOW EVER MADE?????????

that shit is just baffling and completely invalidating.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: JG on September 23, 2005, 12:12:06 PM
i dont think it's fair to penalize the show for being scripted. It's really hard for me to say why I like AD better, because the shows are so different than one another.

I think both are brilliant in their own respect, and I'll leave the arguing to someone else.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on September 23, 2005, 12:14:56 PM
Both shows are great, but AD is no Curb.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Gamblour. on September 23, 2005, 02:01:30 PM
P, I think you're wrong on this one. AD is not Curb, so let's stop saying it's a horrible show just because it is not Curb. Let's throw out the "it's better than Curb" argument, because we know your opinion on that. Can we agree that it is one of the best shows on TV right now? Not THE best, but goddamn good. It's not trying too hard to be funny, it just is a funny show. Also, to say that the characters don't have any dimension is just illsighted. Anyway, if you set out to prove that a show is bad, you can argue whatever you want and you will end up hating it. Go with Ron Howard or the ensemble thing. I think it's a great show because it moves fast, crams in tons of hilarious jokes, and because it is an ensemble, there's so many different dimensions of humor to laugh at.

Is your hatred heightened because some kid said it's the greatest show ever made? People say that all the time, but don't hate on the show, hate on the kid.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: JG on September 23, 2005, 02:55:04 PM
"best show ever made" is a strong statement, but i said that i don't watch my TV.  most shows aren't worth my time.  

i also should say that i haven't seen a curb episode in a while and i just watched arrested development, so AD is more fresh in my mind.  it might not have been a fair statement.

George Michael is awesome though
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: RegularKarate on September 23, 2005, 04:55:22 PM
I seriously never thought I would ever say this, but "P, you're wrong and  Gamblour is right"
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: polkablues on September 23, 2005, 07:04:20 PM
Comedy is dead anyway.  Serious is the new funny.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: NEON MERCURY on September 23, 2005, 10:18:43 PM
i'm with p on this one.  i tried to watch this and it wasn't funny.  just annoying.


but i also own all seasons of saved by the bell including the college years. so, i guess my opinion is shit.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Pubrick on September 24, 2005, 12:16:41 AM
yeah i will concede that my opinion of AD has been getting harsher, what i wrote on page two (http://xixax.com/viewtopic.php?p=163816#163816) is still basically how i feel about the show.

my main argument since then has been against those who think this is better than Curb, which i think i've proven enuff, and the general overrating that this has received. the show did make me laugh a few times per episode, on about a Family Guy ratio, so it's not BAD.

i just never understood why everyone gets so carried away with praise. seriously the character of the mother for example is about as one-dimensional as they come, wow she drinks, she says mean/racist shit, SOOOOO funny... once. the best characters save the show, the ones who keep on surprising u and are not so predictable. it's got a great cast, but the fans are killing it for me, they can't acknowledge even the blatant flaws. they're beginning to sound like ron howard spokespeople.

anyone who blind buys it like i did expecting better-than-curb brilliance, which is what all the "right" ppl said this would be, is going to be sorely disappointed. bottom line is i just don't see any "genius" in the show, at least in the first season. that's what i appreciate in good comedy.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: JG on September 24, 2005, 07:19:40 AM
the way I look at it:  when you're only given 20 minutes, it's hard to make all the characters multi-dimensional.  Even if you weregiven more time, it's an unreachable goal.  With an ensemble cast, you can't focus on everyone.  The mother is just the occasional comic relief (although I do think you underestimate her).  There were plenty of characters in boogie nights that were left undeveloped.  still "genius"
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Tictacbk on September 25, 2005, 03:41:37 PM
i'm confused as to where the correlation between AD and FG comes in.  FG, albeit hilarious, is usually completely random or just immature.  AD is more of a clever mix of quick wit and situational comedy coming from the characters.


PS Season 2 is brilliant
PPS I like curb better.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Figure 8 on September 25, 2005, 10:00:03 PM
Yeah, I also don't really see how Family Guy and Arrested Development connect in any way because Family Guy sucks... unlike Arrested Development.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on September 25, 2005, 10:04:29 PM
Family Guy is no Arrested.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Pubrick on September 26, 2005, 10:47:11 AM
Ravi is no Pubrick?  :shock:
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on September 26, 2005, 12:37:39 PM
Pubrick is no Jack Kennedy.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Gamblour. on September 26, 2005, 07:36:38 PM
Man, tonight's episode was no good.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Tictacbk on September 26, 2005, 07:57:02 PM
this new timeslot is killing me...i totally forgot it was on tonight
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: JG on September 26, 2005, 08:55:36 PM
Quote from: Gamblour
Man, tonight's episode was no good.


worst episode in a long while
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: polkablues on September 27, 2005, 02:14:47 AM
I hope Dave Thomas sticks around for a few episodes.  And I hope they let him be funny from now on.  

The episode wasn't that bad.  I laughed on a regular basis.  "For twenty thousand, he'll lean over and whisper in your ear twice."
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: edison on September 27, 2005, 08:58:46 PM
"You're a regular Brad Garrett"

"All the big T.V.'s come in here"

Seeing Tambor do his version of the chicken dance was funny

Overall it was a really weird episode, even for this show, but i hope it was only because it was a set-up for whats to come with charlize.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: polkablues on September 28, 2005, 01:51:14 AM
Quote from: edison
"All the big T.V.'s come in here"


That scene was brilliant!  "Are you buying this time, or are you just 'curious'?"  "I guess you could say I'm 'buy-curious'."
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on September 29, 2005, 09:24:08 PM
Quote from: edison

Overall it was a really weird episode, even for this show, but i hope it was only because it was a set-up for whats to come with charlize.


It was weird, which is saying something for this show.  Wee Britain, "For British Eyes Only," Harry Hamlin, etc.  Not as funny as the season premiere, but hopefully the set-up will pay off.

My favorite line of narration was, "but instead he just sat in his car and ate a whole thing of candy beans."
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: JG on October 03, 2005, 07:29:05 PM
i thought this new episode was great.  some many funny moments i have no idea where to begin.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Gamblour. on October 03, 2005, 07:55:55 PM
FINALLY, they're back on their feet. That was hilarious.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: edison on October 04, 2005, 12:19:49 AM
Wow, really really good. Just so many funny things right after another

Baio's characters name is classic

"The world's first Analrapist"

"I think even the anti-drug people are going to be ok with that"

Marta played by a third girl!!
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: 72teeth on October 04, 2005, 12:53:31 AM
Ha! I knew that was a new Marta!! And i loved the whole slo-mo bit...
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: JG on October 04, 2005, 07:46:35 AM
I thought the lawyer commerical was great.  He slammed the book before every cut.  Gob was pretty funny.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Gamblour. on October 04, 2005, 09:51:11 AM
All of those were great. I still have to say, the Wee Britain stuff is just not funny. They've gotta cut that shit loose.

"I've got a date"
"At the kennel!!!"

"We're not dog people"

Haha I dunno why, but that running joke was so funny. The thing with the surrogate was awesome, goddamn. This episode was the best in a long time.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: JG on October 04, 2005, 09:54:04 AM
Ya I don't know how I feel about Wee Britain but it's gotta be apart of the long haul.  I think once it all comes together, we'll appreciate it.  Theron's character is kinda of mysterious.  I get the feeling that she is not the teacher, but actually in kindegarten.  And that's why the British guy said to Michael, "How would you like it if someone picked on the stupid person in your family?"  That's also why she is so immature.  Just a thought.  

The one thing I did like about Wee Britain was the American restaurant.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Gamblour. on October 04, 2005, 09:55:38 AM
That's an interesting thought. The restaurant was funny.

HOWEVER, fucking groan moment: "Hey, that's the name of the show!" Ron, cut the shit. You don't make jokes, you just narrate bitch.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on October 04, 2005, 01:52:47 PM
Quote from: Gamblour

HOWEVER, fucking groan moment: "Hey, that's the name of the show!" Ron, cut the shit. You don't make jokes, you just narrate bitch.


Yeah, that was WEAK.  They've included jokes about the show in the narration before, like in season 2 for the TV movie (the joke about the narrator being a crutch for poor storytelling), but this joke was too blatant.

Otherwise this was a good episode.

The "on the next Arrested Development" bit with Gob and Steve was great.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Pedro on October 04, 2005, 06:46:32 PM
Quote from: Gamblour
That's an interesting thought. The restaurant was funny.

HOWEVER, fucking groan moment: "Hey, that's the name of the show!" Ron, cut the shit. You don't make jokes, you just narrate bitch.

mhm that was the worst thing ive ever seen on the show.  this episode was mostly beautiful though.  george michael saying "what a fun sexy time for you" made me laugh alot.  so did everything david cross does.  really the narration is quickly getting more and more annoying.  i just want to see the interaction with all the brilliant actors.  what the fuck
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on October 05, 2005, 01:30:07 PM
GERVAIS TO GET ARRESTED    
Source: Contactmusic.com
 
British comedian RICKY GERVAIS only managed to secure a cameo role in ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT when the cast of the US TV show offered to pay for his flight across the Atlantic.

THE OFFICE star Gervais proved such a popular choice that the cast, including JASON BATEMAN and PORTIA DE ROSSI, even offered to pay for his air fare after the show's producers initially refused to shell out the money.

Bateman says, "The network said they weren't going to fly him out here, so we as a cast got together and said: 'Well, why don't we pay for it out of our pockets?'

"As soon as the studio heard about that they said they'd do it after all."
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Gamblour. on October 05, 2005, 02:35:40 PM
Maybe he can bring the funny to Wee Britain. god, I love Gervais. I hope his episode of the Simpsons is good.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on October 05, 2005, 06:35:01 PM
Quote from: Gamblour
Maybe he can bring the funny to Wee Britain. god, I love Gervais. I hope his episode of the Simpsons is good.


It won't be.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on October 06, 2005, 12:58:00 AM
(http://img371.imageshack.us/img371/3053/ad0nz.jpg)
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: 72teeth on October 06, 2005, 01:20:41 AM
ha ha... there was one other screenplay, what was it...
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on October 06, 2005, 01:31:46 AM
(http://img77.imageshack.us/img77/9002/ad27rt.jpg)
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Gamblour. on October 06, 2005, 09:06:58 AM
God, that part went by so fast, I didn't have time to laugh. But fuck it's funny.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Redlum on October 06, 2005, 03:29:54 PM
This season is really fantastic. They're no longer having to recap for new viewers (because there arent any) which means they can have Gob just start singing "It aint easy being white..." out of the blue.

I long for the episode where the whole family does a chicken dance together. Its got to happen.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on October 16, 2005, 12:43:59 AM
I can't believe I didn't notice the hilarious Burger King scene in season 2's Motherboy XXX.  I must not have seen the whole episode.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Weird. Oh on October 31, 2005, 02:02:37 PM
so I was watching the entire second season on dvd and I noticed that there were a lot of people who were on CYE on Arrested Development. Also, there were a lot of Upright Citizen's Brigade former actors. Looked on IMDB to see if there was a common producer or someone but couldn't find a link between the shows. I might be missing a few but these actors were on both CYE and AD: Bob Odenkirk, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Martin Short,Ben Stiller,Christine Taylor,Bob Einstein,Jeff Garlin

AD and UCB and/or Daily Show:
Amy Poehler
Ed Helms
Stacey Grenrock-Woods
Rob Corddry
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: edison on November 01, 2005, 09:22:55 PM
Actor Jason Bateman Has Throat Surgery

Nov 1, 3:50 PM (ET)

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jason Bateman of Fox's "Arrested Development" underwent surgery Tuesday to remove a benign polyp in his throat, his publicist said.

Cara Tripicchio, a spokesman for Bateman, said the operation went smoothly and the 36-year-old actor was doing well.

Production on "Arrested Development" will be on hiatus for a few weeks while Bateman recovers, executive producer Mitch Hurwitz told TVGuide.com.

Original episodes of the show will continue to air through November, he said.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on November 01, 2005, 10:54:36 PM
"I'm sorry, but its too late for me to do anything for you."
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on November 06, 2005, 04:19:59 PM
so I was watching the entire second season on dvd and I noticed that there were a lot of people who were on CYE on Arrested Development. Also, there were a lot of Upright Citizen's Brigade former actors. Looked on IMDB to see if there was a common producer or someone but couldn't find a link between the shows. I might be missing a few but these actors were on both CYE and AD: Bob Odenkirk, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Martin Short,Ben Stiller,Christine Taylor,Bob Einstein,Jeff Garlin

AD and UCB and/or Daily Show:
Amy Poehler
Ed Helms
Stacey Grenrock-Woods
Rob Corddry

Tom Virtue (the dad on the hit show Even Stevens)
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: JG on November 07, 2005, 09:00:15 PM
two great great episodes.  so many classic lines.  the whole wee britian plot line seems like it will work out after all.  the japanese segment was hilarious. 
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on November 10, 2005, 07:24:03 PM
FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK

Arrested and Kitchen Cut Back
Source: Variety November 10, 2005

Variety reports that Fox has cut back its episode order on Arrested Development to just 13 episodes, down from 22. Producers of Kitchen Confidential, meanwhile, have been told the show won't be getting a full-season pickup.

The network is also pulling both shows from the schedule, effective immediately. "Arrested" returned from a month-long hiatus this week, while "Kitchen" was slated to return Monday.

Instead of the two comedies, Fox will air repeats of drama Prison Break in the 8-9 p.m. Monday slot for the rest of the November sweeps. It's presumed "Arrested" and "Kitchen" will return to finish out the remainder of their runs in December. Come January, Fox has long planned to move House into the Monday slot.

The trade adds that Fox wasn't commenting Thursday morning, and for now, nobody's using the word "cancellation." But in the case of "Arrested," the handwriting appears to be on the wall.

Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: grand theft sparrow on November 10, 2005, 08:32:27 PM
FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK

Arrested and Kitchen Cut Back
Source: Variety November 10, 2005

Variety reports that Fox has cut back its episode order on Arrested Development to just 13 episodes, down from 22. Producers of Kitchen Confidential, meanwhile, have been told the show won't be getting a full-season pickup.

The network is also pulling both shows from the schedule, effective immediately. "Arrested" returned from a month-long hiatus this week, while "Kitchen" was slated to return Monday.

Instead of the two comedies, Fox will air repeats of drama Prison Break in the 8-9 p.m. Monday slot for the rest of the November sweeps. It's presumed "Arrested" and "Kitchen" will return to finish out the remainder of their runs in December. Come January, Fox has long planned to move House into the Monday slot.

The trade adds that Fox wasn't commenting Thursday morning, and for now, nobody's using the word "cancellation." But in the case of "Arrested," the handwriting appears to be on the wall.



Well, if HBO ends up dropping Curb for low ratings, then there goes the last chance of this getting picked up there...

dare I say it... Help me, Showtime, you're my only hope!



On a lighter note, this week's episodes are even funnier on a repeat viewing once you know Charlize Theron's deal.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Gamblour. on November 10, 2005, 09:05:05 PM
Oh well. I mean, fuck. It gets resurrected for a measley 13 episodes then gets sunk. I hope another network does pick this up.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: JG on November 10, 2005, 09:38:11 PM
i was worried that it wasn't going to go out on top but the last 2 episodes were so top notch...we knew this was coming...but damn. 
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on November 10, 2005, 09:54:54 PM
This doesn't Sitwell with me.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Weak2ndAct on November 10, 2005, 10:34:39 PM
(http://dts.ystoretools.com/1025/images/200x200/sinehama.jpg)
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Redlum on November 11, 2005, 12:45:06 PM
FUCK

Its just not fair. Plus grumblings about Curb ratings, this is real bad news.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on November 11, 2005, 02:27:18 PM
FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK
Networks cancel '7th Heaven,' 'Arrested'
Friday November 11 7:12 AM ET

The Camdens will bid farewell to viewers in May when the WB Network's top-rated family drama "7th Heaven" ends its run after 10 seasons in what sources said was largely a cost-cutting move.

The Bluth clan of Fox's ratings-challenged "Arrested Development" is also headed for the exit after Fox cut the third-season order on the Emmy-winning comedy to 13 episodes.

Also getting the ax at Fox is "Arrested's" companion on Monday, the freshman comedy "Kitchen Confidential," whose order will not be extended beyond the initial 13 episodes.

"7th Heaven," whose debut on August 26, 1996, marked the first-ever Monday broadcast of the then-fledging WB Network, will bow out as the longest-running family drama on television.

After 10 seasons, the show is still a top draw for WB, averaging 5.1 million viewers this season to date. Creatively, the show also will go out in style, creator Brenda Hampton said.

"I think this is the best season we've ever had, and we're planning a very exciting and heartwarming conclusion to the series," she said. "On the show, we talk about choosing your feelings, and we chose to feel happy and blessed to have been on the air for so long."

There is talk about a potential "7th Heaven" spinoff, but Hampton admits that would be hard to do.

"('7th Heaven') is a family show," she said. "I think the success of the show is that the family is intact with the mom, the dad and the children, so it is a very difficult show to spin off."

Sources indicated that the reasons to take "7th Heaven" off the air were primarily financial. As series age, they get more and more expensive, with the price tag especially high for a show with a large cast like "7th Heaven." The cancellation of the long-running series also comes during a process of extensive cost-cutting across all Warner Bros. divisions.

As for the demise of "Arrested," it comes just as the acclaimed comedy came back this week after a hiatus to make room for Fox's baseball coverage. The two back-to-back episodes averaged a paltry 4 million viewers Monday, sending Fox to fifth place in the 8 p.m. hour and putting a dent on the ratings of its lead-out, the rookie drama "Prison Break."

There is a possibility that the show will be shopped around, but its high cost is expected to be prohibitive for a cable network.

Fox said Thursday that it will pull "Arrested Development" and "Kitchen Confidential" off the schedule for the remaining three Mondays of the November sweep, replacing them with a rerun of the previous episode of "Prison Break" leading into an original episode of the serialized drama.

"Arrested" and "Kitchen" are set to return to their time slots with original episodes December 5, following the fall finale of "Prison Break" on November 28.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: RegularKarate on November 11, 2005, 02:45:34 PM
like we didn't KNOW it would happen.  just be thankful we got more than one season.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Pas on November 11, 2005, 07:33:58 PM
I tought DVD saled could have saved that one since the fans are really hardcore.

I guess if they had put some quotes on the DVD covers saying how the critics praised the show it would have sold better. ::yabbse-sarcastic::
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Gold Trumpet on November 13, 2005, 02:50:38 AM
Damn. 7th Heaven has been canceled. Ruthie was starting to get to the age where I could have indecent thoughts about her. Here's to the hope she is on a "where are they now?" special in 3 years to see how she looks.

At least LazyTown won't be canceled ever. The girl with the pink hairdo has years to grow up. They better not fire her.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Pubrick on November 13, 2005, 03:01:24 AM
Damn. 7th Heaven has been canceled. Ruthie was starting to get to the age where I could have indecent thoughts about her. Here's to the hope she is on a "where are they now?" special in 3 years to see how she looks.
i don't know who the hell ruthie is but if ur talking about Mackenzie Rosman then hell yeah.

same goes for Alia Shawkat in AD.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Gold Trumpet on November 13, 2005, 04:13:41 AM
Damn. 7th Heaven has been canceled. Ruthie was starting to get to the age where I could have indecent thoughts about her. Here's to the hope she is on a "where are they now?" special in 3 years to see how she looks.
i don't know who the hell ruthie is but if ur talking about Mackenzie Rosman then hell yeah.

"Ruthie" is her character name, but yea.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Gamblour. on November 13, 2005, 11:11:14 AM
same goes for Alia Shawkat in AD.

I'm glad someone else agrees with me. Except for the thing about "starting to get to the age" where I could have bad thoughts about her doesn't apply to me....I have 'traditional' principles.

I like 'em young.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on November 13, 2005, 11:13:52 AM
I'm sure Ruthie will appear in some Disney channel movies or something, where you can fantasize all you like.

I watched 7th Heaven for a couple of years because it was so damn cheesy.  Richard Lewis played a rabbi once!

I hope Michael Sera gets good work after AD.  I love his deadpan acting and his reactions.  Its not often that teenagers are in great comedies like this.  They're usually stuck in stupid sitcoms or stupid movies.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Gamblour. on November 13, 2005, 11:24:39 AM
Yeah, I just love his mannerisms, like when he's hanging from the monkey bars motionless, he's like a sloth.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: grand theft sparrow on November 13, 2005, 12:15:21 PM
(http://img492.imageshack.us/img492/4025/kingvsfranklin4ek.gif)
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: JG on November 13, 2005, 12:31:32 PM
Knowing that this show will be cancellled, it'll be interesting to see how the writers handle the last few episodes.   

Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Weird. Oh on November 14, 2005, 12:55:46 AM
man ouch. I didn't know they were canceling this. I guess after AD makes it bow this will make 0 network tv shows I will watch. Goddamn you Ratings!
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on November 14, 2005, 10:51:52 AM
man ouch. I didn't know they were canceling this. I guess after AD makes it bow this will make 0 network tv shows I will watch. Goddamn you Ratings!

You can watch Freddie.  It got picked up for more episodes.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Weird. Oh on November 14, 2005, 12:58:27 PM
man ouch. I didn't know they were canceling this. I guess after AD makes it bow this will make 0 network tv shows I will watch. Goddamn you Ratings!

You can watch Freddie.  It got picked up for more episodes.

What's Freddie? I'm guessing a bit like Joey.....( A presumably (never seen it) spinoff brought to you by your 'Friends'.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on November 14, 2005, 02:26:40 PM
http://abc.go.com/primetime/freddie/
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Reinhold on November 16, 2005, 02:46:59 AM
arrested development sucks.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: 72teeth on November 16, 2005, 07:11:03 PM
(http://www.realmagazine.com/new/graphics/cashfinger.jpg)
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Redlum on November 17, 2005, 12:13:41 PM
Arrested Season 2 is ranked number #2 in amazon DVD sales.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/new-for-you/top-sellers/-/dvd/all/ref=imdbdppd_sr_0/104-2431451-4707900

Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on November 17, 2005, 12:17:17 PM
You can buy both seasons for about $32 combined now, with shipping.  Take advantage if you don't have the DVDs.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: abuck1220 on November 17, 2005, 02:43:23 PM
I
I hope Michael Sera gets good work after AD.  I love his deadpan acting and his reactions.  Its not often that teenagers are in great comedies like this.  They're usually stuck in stupid sitcoms or stupid movies.

he should get a gig on SNL.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Gamblour. on November 17, 2005, 02:57:37 PM
I thought that was kinda dumb when I first read it (no offense), but you've got a damn good point. He would be hilarious, plus it would be great to see an actual teenager on there instead of Rachel Dratch dressed up 40 different ways.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on November 17, 2005, 06:15:51 PM
I
I hope Michael Sera gets good work after AD.  I love his deadpan acting and his reactions.  Its not often that teenagers are in great comedies like this.  They're usually stuck in stupid sitcoms or stupid movies EDIT: or stupid sketch comedies.

he should get a gig on SNL.

Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: edison on November 17, 2005, 06:58:54 PM
You can buy both seasons for about $32 combined now, with shipping.  Take advantage if you don't have the DVDs.

If I were yall it would be BEST to wait one more week if you want to BUY both...... :yabbse-grin:
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on November 17, 2005, 07:21:52 PM
 :ponder:
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: abuck1220 on November 17, 2005, 08:34:14 PM
I
I hope Michael Sera gets good work after AD.  I love his deadpan acting and his reactions.  Its not often that teenagers are in great comedies like this.  They're usually stuck in stupid sitcoms or stupid movies EDIT: or stupid sketch comedies.

he should get a gig on SNL.



snl wasn't always stupid...and i hold out hope that it will someday not be stupid again.

you can't tell me he wouldn't improve the show...
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: edison on November 17, 2005, 09:04:50 PM
:ponder:

Black Friday
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on November 17, 2005, 11:37:43 PM
:ponder:

Black Friday

bf2005.com lists that Best Buy will have Arrested Development (no mention of season 1 or 2 or both) foor $14.99.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: edison on November 18, 2005, 12:00:00 AM
:ponder:

Black Friday

bf2005.com lists that Best Buy will have Arrested Development (no mention of season 1 or 2 or both) foor $14.99.

http://www.bfads.net/adscans.html

open the pdf and its on pg 5......this is from bf2004.net btw
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Pubrick on November 18, 2005, 12:06:34 AM
he should get a gig on SNL.
yeah, one more nail in the coffin won't hurt.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on November 18, 2005, 12:41:58 AM
I
I hope Michael Sera gets good work after AD.  I love his deadpan acting and his reactions.  Its not often that teenagers are in great comedies like this.  They're usually stuck in stupid sitcoms or stupid movies EDIT: or stupid sketch comedies.

he should get a gig on SNL.



snl wasn't always stupid...and i hold out hope that it will someday not be stupid again.

you can't tell me he wouldn't improve the show...

I can...but this is the wrong thread.

In any case, at least the show already had its jump-the-shark moment:

(http://xixax.com/files/ravi/JTS.gif)
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: abuck1220 on November 18, 2005, 12:24:51 PM
oops...forgot that it was hip to say that snl sucks. my bad.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on November 18, 2005, 12:53:34 PM
oops...forgot that it was hip to say that snl sucks. my bad.

Its easy to dismiss my dislike of SNL by saying something like that.  If you like it fine, but the few episodes I've seen in the past 3-4 years have not been funny, except for a few sketches there.  And this is with someone like Amy Poehler in the cast.  I'd rather see Michael Sera do some good films or another (rare) good TV show.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: abuck1220 on November 18, 2005, 02:50:32 PM
i would too, but i think it would be interesting to have a talented teenage actor like that on snl.

i agree that snl isn't what it used to be (and has, at times, been downright bad), but i hold out hope that it could improve...and having him on there would probably improve it. if cool people were on there, maybe it wouldn't suck so bad.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: edison on November 18, 2005, 11:38:02 PM
You can buy both seasons for about $32 combined now, with shipping.  Take advantage if you don't have the DVDs.

If I were yall it would be BEST to wait one more week if you want to BUY both...... :yabbse-grin:

CC going to have s2 even cheaper than bb
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Gamblour. on November 19, 2005, 06:42:39 AM
omg
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on November 19, 2005, 12:53:13 PM
omg

i kno lol
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: edison on November 19, 2005, 01:14:13 PM
So how does 12.99 for season 2 sound?
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on November 19, 2005, 01:53:53 PM
So how does 12.99 for season 2 sound?

I've made a huge mistake.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Tryskadekafobia on November 20, 2005, 11:54:36 AM
Inside Move: Latest 'Development' is one to remember
Source: Variety

"Arrested Development" creator Mitch Hurwitz isn't giving up on his show -- but he is using an upcoming episode to poke fun at the skein's latest near-death experience.

Seg, dubbed "S.O.B.s" -- for "Save Our Bluths" -- finds the show's Bluth family fighting to save their fictional construction company. They decide to mount a big event -- "Some kind of 'Save Our Bluths' type thing," as George Bluth Sr. says in the script for the episode.

"It's very self-referential," Hurwitz told Daily Variety, noting that he finished the final draft of the shooting script Wednesday.

In one scene, Jason Bateman's character, Michael, notes, "Our backs are against the wall. ... It's just hard for me to accept that it's really come to begging."

There's also a conversation about whether the Home Builders Organization -- HBO -- might be willing to save the Bluths. When that idea is nixed, George Sr. says, "I guess it's Showtime. We'll put on some kind of show at the dinner."

Episode also makes note of the show's recent round of guest stars, such as Charlize Theron, and even includes an appearance by the star of another critical darling killed by Fox, Andy Richter. Hurwitz is hoping to round up some other major names to make a pointless-but-funny cameo.

Script is even-handed, however, acknowledging critics -- perhaps even those inside Fox -- who've complained "Arrested" simply isn't a mass-appeal show.

"We've had plenty of chances," Bateman's character says. "Maybe the Bluths just aren't worth saving. Maybe we're just not that likeable. Who'd want to spend a half-hour with us if they didn't have to?"

As Hurwitz moves forward with what could be the final five episodes of "Arrested," the scribe said he's still digesting last week's double dose of bad news. Skein's order was cut to 13 episodes, and the show was pulled from sweeps (Daily Variety, Nov. 11).

"It's a very challenging show to do right," Hurwitz said. "It's even harder to do without hope. We're trying not to be discouraged ... the only thing that discourages me is the prospect that they won't show these episodes."

Hurwitz declined to take any major jabs at Fox but did lament what he feels is a lack of on-air hype. "They made the decision to not promote the show," he said, noting other skeins with better lead-ins got more support even though "Arrested" had to open a new night of comedy for Fox.

But he also said he understood the dilemma Fox execs face. "This show may not be for everybody. We always have to consider that," he said. "This is more than I ever expected. I've got nothing to complain about."

Hurwitz is also holding out hope of a "Family Guy"-style renaissance, particularly if DVD sales continue as strongly as they have been. "All of a sudden the new rule, instead of getting 25 episodes a year, could now be, let's get enough episodes to sell DVDs every year."

While the writing seems to be on the wall for "Arrested," Hurwitz has been down this road before.

"I feel a little naive in saying it, but this time last year they cut our order from 22 to 18. I got a lot of condolence calls, and I looked silly when I told them, 'Oh, there might be a third season,' " Hurwitz recalled. "Nobody has said the word 'canceled.'
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Gamblour. on November 20, 2005, 12:41:35 PM
First off, what the fuck is a skein? Secondly, I rewatched season 2 a while back and there was a very subtle reference to the show's season getting cut back. Michael's on the phone, and a contractor pulls back the amount of houses it wants. We only hear Michael say something like, "What, they wanted 22 houses, now they only want 18?" Something like that, my roommate had to point it out to me. This new episode sounds pretty fucking hilarious.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on November 20, 2005, 01:29:50 PM
yeah the housing order getting cut back was a direct reference to AD's fate at fox.  they even say things like 'thats a very bad sign'.  i was wondering (because of that ep) if they would have time to comment on the shows impending cancellation or if they'd already written/shot the remainder of the episodes.  i'm glad atleast they're able to react to it.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Weird. Oh on November 22, 2005, 11:40:07 PM
Arrested Development is doomed.....for sure....(although I do love the character)

SCOTT BAIO

"As much as I agree that Ted McGinley has got to be the patron saint of shark jumping, you have to at least consider Scott Baio as a close second.  The man has destroyed more television shows than Godzilla.  He is the antithesis of good television, the bane of good programming everywhere.  Television Producers should avoid him like the plague. Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi, Charles in Charge, Baby Talk, Diagnosis Murder..... Somebody stop this man before he kills again! -

from jumptheshark.com
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: grand theft sparrow on November 23, 2005, 11:54:07 AM
You can't blame Scott Baio for Happy Days going off... that was McGinley's fault!  Baby Talk would have been cancelled regardless of who was in it, Diagnosis Murder's target audience very slowly but surely died off, and I was watching re-runs of Charles in Charge recently... that show is pretty terrible.  I can't believe I used to watch it as a kid.  It's not Scott Baio's fault!


I'm just in denial, aren't I?
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on November 23, 2005, 12:55:18 PM
I used to watch Charles in Charge and Baby Talk, and Happy Days is a given.  I had a Baio-filled childhood.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: edison on December 06, 2005, 07:54:20 PM
I guess no one saw the new episode on monday?

Just when it gets canceled they return with a very hilarious episode that really made up for some of those weird episodes with Charlize. Here they wrap everything up nicely with her and the final scene with tobias was classic.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on December 06, 2005, 08:01:31 PM
i saw it.  i also thought it was one of the better ones this season.  "i've made a huge mistake."
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Gamblour. on December 06, 2005, 08:06:10 PM
it was funny.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on December 06, 2005, 08:29:18 PM
The best episode of the season so far is the one with the Church and State Fair.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Gamblour. on December 06, 2005, 08:42:46 PM
i don't remember that one...?
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: tpfkabi on December 06, 2005, 10:22:10 PM
i had watched one episode so far, but didn't find it very funny.
i did watch last night's episode and thought it was great.
so tell me how this ep rates among the rest of the series.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on December 06, 2005, 10:38:41 PM
season one & two = the best thing ever
season three = the best sitcom currently on network tv
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: JG on December 07, 2005, 02:42:38 PM
season one & two = the best thing ever
season three = the best sitcom currently on network tv

i agree
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Pubrick on December 07, 2005, 10:33:02 PM
overrated garbage.

thread rebalanced :!:
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: grand theft sparrow on December 08, 2005, 08:58:31 AM
It JUST clicked in my head that Pubrick doesn't like the show.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Gamblour. on December 08, 2005, 10:59:28 AM
It JUST clicked in my head that Pubrick doesn't like the show.

It's not that he doesn't like the show. It's just no Curb.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on December 08, 2005, 07:23:55 PM
http://tv.yahoo.com/news/eo/20051208/113409330000.html

SPOILER BELOW, BUT READ THE BOLD









"Arrested Development's" Family Ties
Thursday December 8 5:55 PM ET
By Gina Serpe


Though viewers may come and go--or sometimes never come at all--it's nice to know that even in TV land you can always count on family.

Which is exactly the case at Arrested Development.

Former Family Ties star Justine Bateman has signed on to guest star opposite baby brother Jason on what could be one of the final episodes of the Emmy-winning sitcom.

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E! Online TV columnist Kristin Veitch first reported the casting news Tuesday, saying sources close to the show confirmed that, in a typically meta move, the erstwhile Mallory Keaton would be playing Michael Bluth (Bateman)'s "sister" in an episode titled "Family Ties."

A press release issued by Fox Thursday elaborated on the news, confirming that Justine is currently filming her guest spot on the show.

Per the network PR department, Michael will investigate the possibility that he may have a long-lost older sister named Nellie Bluth, and to figure out if they are indeed blood, he hires her as a consultant for the Bluth Company. But Michael discovers she's not who he thinks she is.

News of the guest-starring stint comes nearly a year after more disturbing rumors started popping up online that the acting siblings would play potential love interests on the show.

The Bateman double play is the latest stunt casting this season.

Oscar winner Charlize Theron recently wrapped a five-episode stint on the show, playing a mentally disabled British woman who was briefly engaged to Michael. And former Chachi Scott Baio is due back for an encore turn as Bob Loblaw, the attorney who took over as Bluth family lawyer from Barry Zuckerkorn (former Happy Days cousin Henry Winkler, who left to star in CBS' Out of Practice).

The Batemans' all-in-the-family episode is scheduled to air Jan. 9, as Fox burns off the remaing episodes before February sweeps.

Fox benched the criminally low-rated for the duration of November sweeps, and last month cut back the season order from 22 to 13 episodes. The news came after eight shows were already in the can, leaving production just five new episodes to wrap up the Bluth family saga.

At least on Fox. Producer Brian Grazer told CNN last week that he is working feverishly to move the sitcom to another home.

"I think we'll get picked up by some other network, possibly," he said. "You never know.

"I can't tell you anything other than I'm hoping it works out in the way that we want it to. But I'm optimistic."
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: grand theft sparrow on December 12, 2005, 07:28:42 PM
I just checked my DVR and it looks like Kitchen Confidential is officially gone.  And after the best episode of the run too.  Shame.  But they replaced it with a season 1 episode of AD. 

You know a show is fucked if the network is replacing it with a re-run of another show that's fucked.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: tpfkabi on December 12, 2005, 08:12:13 PM
i caught both eps tonight.
so essential it's sorta a mix of The Royal Tenenbaums (narrator w/weird eccentric characters) and Family Guy (quick comedic cuts to something random)?
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: RegularKarate on December 12, 2005, 08:20:57 PM
i caught both eps tonight.
so essential it's sorta a mix of The Royal Tenenbaums (narrator w/weird eccentric characters) and Family Guy (quick comedic cuts to something random)?

That's absolutely not what it is.  I wouldn't say that it even comes close to that description.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Gamblour. on December 13, 2005, 11:25:34 AM
i caught both eps tonight.
so essential it's sorta a mix of The Royal Tenenbaums (narrator w/weird eccentric characters) and Family Guy (quick comedic cuts to something random)?

That's absolutely not what it is.  I wouldn't say that it even comes close to that description.

Ok, first of all, to reduce the film The Royal Tenenbaums to a description like "narrator w/ weird eccentric characters" is an abomination. I would not agree in the slightest that Arrested Development compares to that. However, after rewatching Tenenbaums this weekend, I have to say there are REAL comparisons to be made, such as Michael and Chaz's wives are dead and the father isn't much of anything. Plus the familial relations between Richie and Margot are comparable to Maeby and George Michael. Beyond the fact that it's an ensemble about a family in shambles, the tone is quite different, the characters and relationships are very different. I'd say the two are related, but kinda like Raging Bull and Rocky are related. You wouldn't lump those together.

As for the Family Guy reference, you're assuming FG attempts to develop character when they cut back. Everytime AD cuts, it's for a good damn reason, beit a plot point we need to know or something humorous about the characters that only adds and enhances who they are. So I'm with RK, I would never describe AD as Family Guy. In fact, this whole notion of summing up a show with a sweeping generalization comparing it two other shows/films is really dumb.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on December 13, 2005, 02:01:12 PM
Ok, first of all, to reduce the film The Royal Tenenbaums to a description like "narrator w/ weird eccentric characters" is an abomination. I would not agree in the slightest that Arrested Development compares to that. However, after rewatching Tenenbaums this weekend, I have to say there are REAL comparisons to be made, such as Michael and Chaz's wives are dead and the father isn't much of anything. Plus the familial relations between Richie and Margot are comparable to Maeby and George Michael. Beyond the fact that it's an ensemble about a family in shambles, the tone is quite different, the characters and relationships are very different. I'd say the two are related, but kinda like Raging Bull and Rocky are related. You wouldn't lump those together.

I can see the Royal Tenenbaums connection, though aside from the tone, the characterizations are different.  All the Bluths (except for George Michael and Michael) are pretty damn selfish and clueless 99% of the time.  The Tenenbaum children were brilliant in their childhood and became dejected in adulthood, while the Bluths (except Michael) are like spoiled, overgrown children.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on December 13, 2005, 02:02:16 PM
jason bateman described the show as "The Royal Tenenbaums shot like Cops".
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: grand theft sparrow on December 13, 2005, 02:35:05 PM
I've always thought of it as The Godfather as written by the creators of Soap.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Gamblour. on December 13, 2005, 04:08:17 PM
jason bateman described the show as "The Royal Tenenbaums shot like Cops".

Yeah, I remember that, but what's he know?
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: tpfkabi on December 13, 2005, 06:51:29 PM
thanks.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: MacGuffin on December 14, 2005, 12:01:56 AM
Showtime may book 'Arrested'
Source: Hollywood Reporter

Will the pay TV environs of Showtime be a friendlier place for the Emmy-winning comedy "Arrested Development"? Word around town this week is that Showtime is in talks with "Arrested" producers 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine TV about picking up the comedy from creator/executive producer Mitch Hurwitz. Sources stressed that the talks are still exploratory and that it would be a big financial commitment on Showtime's part to pick up the show in its current form with a large ensemble cast that includes Jason Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor, Portia de Rossi, Jessica Walter and Will Arnett. "Arrested" was an instant hit with critics following its debut on Fox in late 2003, but the show never could pull in much of a crowd during its run on Fox Broadcasting Co., even after it won the Emmy for best comedy series in 2004. Last month, Fox threw in the towel, cutting its episode order for "Arrested's" third season from its initial 22-episode ticket to 13. Reps for Showtime, 20th and Imagine declined comment late Tuesday.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: grand theft sparrow on December 14, 2005, 09:31:42 AM
Showtime may book 'Arrested'

HA!  Called it!

dare I say it... Help me, Showtime, you're my only hope!

Now, I'll HAVE to get Showtime.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Redlum on December 14, 2005, 10:04:47 AM
This is joyous news, gang.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: tpfkabi on December 19, 2005, 07:41:25 PM
i thought tonight's episode was quite funny. i think i will have to pick up season one (or at least rent it).
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Gamblour. on December 19, 2005, 09:06:15 PM
eh i didn't like it, the plot was very self-contained and drawing on too many influences and past minor minor plot lines.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on January 03, 2006, 12:27:13 AM
Was tonight the last episode Fox was going to air?  Doesn't seem like 13 to me.

It was a little too self-referential about the cancellation, but funny nonetheless.  "Chicken in chicken sauce."
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: pete on January 03, 2006, 12:45:30 AM
I saw the second half of tonight's episode and it was the first thing I'd ever seen of the show.  it seemed pretty funny.  Is it true that Liza Minnelli's character suffers from vertigo in the show?  Is there any specific episode where that's heavily featured?  'Cause I've got vertigo and I always think it's a funny disease and would love to see it.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on January 03, 2006, 03:32:48 AM
Is it true that Liza Minnelli's character suffers from vertigo in the show?  Is there any specific episode where that's heavily featured?

Queen for a Day from season 2 features it.  Her vertigo is shown in a few other episodes too, but I can't recall which ones.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on January 03, 2006, 11:10:39 AM
this was only the 8th episode this season, so i hope we still have 5 to go.  but yeah it did seem like it might've been the last episode with the Save Our Bluths theme so heavy.

Liza Minelli is great on the show and was in a buncha episodes.  1.4, 1.5, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, 1.12, 2.8, 2.9, 2.10  Probably the most reoccuring character besides Henry Winkler.  it sucks neither have been on this season.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: MacGuffin on January 03, 2006, 05:39:42 PM
'Arrested Development' Parodies Its Demise

It's only fitting that "Arrested Development," the most self-referential show on TV, would go down chronicling its own demise.

The sitcom is essentially a lame duck after Fox announced in November that it wouldn't order a full third season — broadcasting 13 episodes instead of 22. Though an Emmy-winning critical hit, its ratings have been paltry, averaging fewer than 5 million viewers this season.

Monday night's episode blatantly parodied the show's situation.

"The Bluths were desperate," the narrator (Ron Howard, the Oscar-winning director and one of show's executive producers) intoned about the show's hyper-dysfunctional family. "The press had them all but finished."

Michael Bluth, played by Jason Bateman, then announced: "If we want a chance of keeping this family going past the next few weeks, we're going to have to pull out all the stops."

The episode — the ninth of the season — at various points pretended to be 3-D, trotted out celebrities including Andy Richter, Ben Stiller and Zach Braff, and turned into a pseudo-live broadcast.

The plot involved a fundraiser for the family's legal bills — a veiled plea for the show itself. Though such a revealing premise could be expected to rile network executives, Fox spokesman Scott Grogin said the network didn't have problems with the show: "It ran."

"Our backs are against the wall and it's really come to begging," Michael Bluth said — which the narrator immediately followed with: "Please tell your friends about this show."

The second season of "Arrested Development" was also cut from 22 episodes, to 18. Fox appealed for support for the program and the Web site http://www.SaveOurBluths.com was founded.

In May, the network surprised many by not only renewing "Arrested" for a third season, but moving it to 8 p.m. on Mondays — a move Fox Entertainment President Peter Liguori called "audacious."

"We have confidence in the show," Liguori said at the time.

With Fox's November announcement, "Arrested" has been rumored for a possible move to cable — and even that development was satirized in an exchange between Jeffrey Tambor's George Bluth Sr. and Bateman's Michael.

"I don't think the Home Builders Organization is going to support us," George says.

"Yeah, the HBO is not going to want us," replies Michael. "What are we going to do?"

"I think it's show time," George then says.

Chris Alexander, a spokesman for 20th Century Fox, which produces the show, said both Showtime and ABC have expressed interest in "Arrested Development," but no deal has yet to be reached.

The show has won six Emmys and one Golden Globe, but some critics have suggested it's too zany to keep up with and the upper-class characters aren't "relatable" to audiences.

In a concluding speech on Monday's show, Bateman had even acknowledges that by saying: "We've been given plenty of chances, and maybe the Bluths just aren't worth saving, maybe we're not that likable. We're very self-centered."
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on January 04, 2006, 12:45:53 AM
The show has won six Emmys and one Golden Globe, but some critics have suggested it's too zany to keep up with and the upper-class characters aren't "relatable" to audiences.

People are afraid of humor.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: pete on January 04, 2006, 12:48:13 AM
oh my god so far it's a really really fun show.  I love vertigo jokes.  I really do.  I'm serious.  remember that fred astaire film in which he started moving about to convince this guy that he's seasick?  kids do that to me in real life.  I think vertigo humor is like therapeutic.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Redlum on January 04, 2006, 01:00:46 PM
The first 3d glasses gimmick was hilarious.

"And thats when he decided it was time to cheat off of her....it also gave him an opportunity to smell her neck"
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: tpfkabi on January 04, 2006, 05:41:32 PM
did they advertise the use of 3-D before time?
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: polkablues on January 04, 2006, 06:33:01 PM
did they advertise the use of 3-D before time?

Nope.  That's what made it funny.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: edison on January 04, 2006, 07:32:26 PM
I like this episode, it was great that they went out with both middle fingers pointing at FOX.

"Let me take my acting pants off for a moment and pull my analrapist stocking over my head"
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: tpfkabi on January 04, 2006, 10:25:31 PM
wasn't there a show recently that advertised 3-D and had glass in TV Guide?
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: polkablues on January 04, 2006, 10:35:12 PM
wasn't there a show recently that advertised 3-D and had glass in TV Guide?

"Medium".  It wasn't as funny.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on January 05, 2006, 01:49:44 AM
Interview with Alia Shawkat (http://www.brianmpalmer.com/aliashawkat.htm)

Interview with Michael Cera (http://www.brianmpalmer.com/michaelcera.htm)
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Pubrick on January 05, 2006, 03:01:30 AM
Interview with Alia Shawkat (http://www.brianmpalmer.com/aliashawkat.htm)
warning: NOT A VIDEO INTERVIEW  :yabbse-angry:
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on January 05, 2006, 09:54:24 AM
i knew it wasnt quite right this season and i couldnt put my finger on why, but here it is in black and white...

Quote from: Alia Shawkat
The writers from season 2 quit because they had to work such crazy hours. And now we just got a fresh batch of young writers who work some god awful hours.

new writers.  fuuck.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Redlum on January 05, 2006, 11:24:38 AM
Odd that new writers would bring about the most self-referential season with the most in-jokes and jokes about in-jokes.

I re-watched some of the early season two episodes, and as much as I love the new season (there's just so much stuff - Wee-Britain seems like ages ago), you cant beat episodes like the Christmas party (come on!) and the 'Tobias's balls for Iraq landscape'.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Tictacbk on January 09, 2006, 05:14:31 PM
Two episodes of House tonight....great.  Fox's stupid website said New Episode of Arrested Development Tonight! for half of today.  But alas, its not on, and no one seems to know when the last 4 episodes will be on.  No wonder no one watches this show.  I fucking love the show and i can't figure out when its on.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on January 13, 2006, 02:13:57 PM
the latest EW says...
"Proof there's a (comedy) God: ABC and Showtime have made offers to air a fourth season of our favorite endangered sitcom."

so unless it's a misprint that the producers are in talks with them, the networks seem to have made offers which = AWESOME.  i dont care where it ends up, either could be great.  they need to get another season and hire season 1 & 2 writers back at ANY COST.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on January 13, 2006, 04:20:55 PM
they need to get another season and hire season 1 & 2 writers back at ANY COST.

Who do we want?

Abraham Higginbotham and Barbie Adler!

When do we want them?

NOW!
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on January 15, 2006, 02:44:17 PM
'Arrested': There's more
Source: http://blogs.usatoday.com/popcandy/

I just got a press release from Fox announcing a "two-hour season finale" of Arrested Development will air Feb. 10. The expanded episode will feature guest appearances by '80s greats Judge Reinhold and Justine Bateman, who plays Nellie Bluth, Michael's possible long-lost sister.

Nowhere on the release does it say this is the last episode of the series; it only refers to the special as a season finale. Could this mean there's still hope? Perhaps if enough people watch, it'll send the network a message.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: abuck1220 on January 15, 2006, 11:21:52 PM
wow, a two hour episode is going to really pull in those casual viewers who may eventually become interested in the show. it's like they don't want any new viewers. i'm surprised they didn't slide it into a 2 am christmas eve slot.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on January 16, 2006, 04:18:53 AM
It would be really funny if they hyped up Justine Bateman and Judge Reinhold's appearances on the show.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Gamblour. on January 16, 2006, 04:22:37 AM
It would be really funny if they hyped up Justine Bateman and Judge Reinhold's appearances on the show.

You mean through marketing on Fox? Now that's funny.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on January 16, 2006, 04:53:44 AM
Funnier than the show itself.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on January 16, 2006, 10:33:13 AM
more confirmation/elaboration...

Is this Arrested's Swan Song?
Source: Variety January 16, 2006

Arrested Development will wrap its third -- and likely last -- season on Fox next month with a two-hour swan song slated to air opposite the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympics.

Variety says Fox has decided to package four episodes of "Arrested" and air them as a two-hour season finale from 8-10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, replacing the network's usual lineup of Malcolm in the Middle, Bernie Mac and Trading Spouses.

Justine Bateman and Judge Reinhold have filmed guest shots for the finale, with the former playing Nellie Bluth, the long-lost sister of Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman).

Scheduling the broadcast opposite the first night of the Olympics sends another strong signal that the Fox has given up any hope of reviving the show. Late last year, Fox decided to reduce the "Arrested" third-season episode order to 13.

Both ABC and Showtime have offered to pick up "Arrested" from producers 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine Television, but talks have apparently cooled as creator Mitch Hurwitz wraps post-production on the final four episodes.

mitch!  what the hell are you doing!  dont let talks cool.  wrap talks then worry about final episodes cause they wont be final!

edit: also, NO GERVAIS?!?  after the network agreed to pay for him!?

Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: polkablues on January 16, 2006, 08:29:48 PM
Malcolm in the Middle, Bernie Mac and Trading Spouses.

Just to put things in perspective: ALL of these shows are outliving "Arrested Development".
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on January 16, 2006, 09:11:55 PM
on fox.  hopefully not forever.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: MacGuffin on January 21, 2006, 03:19:17 PM
Interest in 'Arrested' strictly conditional
Showtime executive says the network would take the show only if creator Mitch Hurwitz stays on board.
Source: Los Angeles Times

Showtime wants the acclaimed comedy "Arrested Development" should Fox decide to cancel it, but only on one condition: creator Mitch Hurwitz must come with it.

"If only a small fraction of the loyal audience that [watches it] on Fox came to Showtime, it would be one of our highest-rated shows," Robert Greenblatt, Showtime's president of entertainment, told the Television Critics Assn. Thursday evening.

A deal breaker in the talks with 20th Century Fox Television would be if Hurwitz chooses not to remain at the helm, Greenblatt said. "I think he's the genius behind it," he said. "And he hasn't yet come to that decision to continue the show." A decision will be reached in about two weeks, he said. Hurwitz was unavailable for comment.

Fox President of Entertainment Peter Liguori told the critics no final decision had been made to cancel "Arrested Development" but it was "highly unlikely" the low-rated show would continue past Feb. 10, when it concludes its third season.

ABC also expressed interest in acquiring the show in December, but no action has been taken, a spokesman said.

Greenblatt said the show's bold originality makes it a better fit for cable, where writers have more freedom. But observing that the show has found much of its humor in bleeping out bad language, Matthew Blank, Showtime's chairman and chief executive joked, "Maybe we'd make an exception and let him bleep."
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on January 21, 2006, 03:26:13 PM
please GOD (hurwitz)!  let it CONTINUE!  it wouldnt be AD without him anyway, so showtime is smart.  don't let us down hurwitz, fuck network tv.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Weird. Oh on January 21, 2006, 10:25:19 PM
Here's a question: Has this ever happend in TV history and/or been successful? Obviously, I can't think it has been successful because I think I would have remembered it. For some reason, something seems to stick in my mind about a show moving from ABC to Comedy Central but I can't quite think of what it was.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: MacGuffin on January 21, 2006, 10:32:32 PM
Here's a question: Has this ever happend in TV history and/or been successful? Obviously, I can't think it has been successful because I think I would have remembered it. For some reason, something seems to stick in my mind about a show moving from ABC to Comedy Central but I can't quite think of what it was.

The only example I can think of is JAG being cancelled from NBC and CBS picking it up for a very successful run.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: grand theft sparrow on January 22, 2006, 06:48:28 AM
Didn't Buffy move from WB to UPN and run a couple more years?

For some reason, something seems to stick in my mind about a show moving from ABC to Comedy Central but I can't quite think of what it was.

I think you might be thinking of Politically Incorrect, which moved from Comedy Central to ABC.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: edison on January 22, 2006, 10:27:35 AM
Monk went from either NBC or ABC to USA and has been pretty successful there.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: polkablues on January 22, 2006, 06:54:11 PM
Monk went from either NBC or ABC to USA and has been pretty successful there.

Actually, it's always been on USA... they just showed repeats on NBC (same parent company) to help build audience.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: abuck1220 on January 23, 2006, 10:23:52 PM
from abc's entertainment chief...

Quote
"I don't really foresee" a situation in which ABC picks up the Emmy-winning series, which is likely on its last legs at FOX. Earlier in the week, FOX head Peter Ligouri acknowledged it was "highly unlikely" that he'd pick it up for a fourth season, although the network has yet to cancel it outright.

Quote
"I just love that show. I believe I can market that show really well," McPherson says. That said, he considers it "a long shot" that "Arrested" will wind up on ABC in the fall.


Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: abuck1220 on February 09, 2006, 03:31:04 PM
just in case you've been living in a cave lately and have somehow avoided the non-stop barrage of advertising for AD, the two hour extravaganza is on tomorrow night.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Pubrick on February 09, 2006, 10:45:26 PM
too bad they die at the end. :yabbse-sad:
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: grand theft sparrow on February 10, 2006, 12:26:10 PM
What's the deal?  Is it official that no one is picking it up?  Is it really really REALLY dead or are they still "talking"?
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on February 10, 2006, 01:02:21 PM
nothings official.  even the fox promos say SEASON finale.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: MacGuffin on February 10, 2006, 01:43:03 PM
Showtime or ABC could get 'Arrested'
Source: USA TODAY

Can Showtime get Arrested?

That's the question on the minds of Arrested Development's small cadre of ardent fans, gearing up for tonight's finale on Fox (8 ET/PT) with four remaining episodes from its shortened third season.

It's also of keen interest to the pay-cable network, which is eager to import a show whose 4-million-plus fans would amount to a sorely needed runaway hit.

Fox entertainment chief Peter Liguori last month uttered the inevitable: Two-time Emmy comedy winner Arrested is "extremely unlikely" to return for a fourth try because of low, then lower, ratings, from 6.2 million viewers in Season 1 to 4.2 million so far this year.

Though Fox hasn't officially canceled the series, producer 20th Century Fox Television already has found two potential takers in Showtime and ABC.

The studio dreams of a multiyear deal that would yield 35 new episodes, which - added to the 53 already completed - would mark enough to sell the comedy into syndication. While ABC views its bid as a long shot, the Showtime scenario is plausible.

"It's an established name. It's critically acclaimed. It's been deemed one of the best shows ever created for this medium," Showtime president Robert Greenblatt said last month. "And I think having that in with our other shows has a bit of a halo effect" that also could spark growth in paying subscribers.

Struggling series have switched networks before, but the migration is rare and problematic. Most notably, CBS picked up JAG from NBC after one season and turned it into a solid hit that lasted nine more years.

Yet, "there are few shows that have the ratings track record that Arrested does, where the passion burns so strong among loyal viewers," says 20th Century Fox co-president Gary Newman. "If we can find a way to do this show that economically makes sense, we will."

While the actors and creator/executive producer Mitch Hurwitz remain under contract, in practice no one's holding a gun to their heads.

"I'd be a moron to wish it away," says Jason Bateman, who plays Michael, the son who holds the family and its real estate business together. But he's also a realist, hardened by the "interesting ride" writers and actors have faced. Arrested has aired in three time slots and cheated death each season.

It's the "loud minority" of fans, critics and Emmy voters who have kept the show around, Bateman says. "This show has a very specific tone, humor and appeal, and we happen to be showing this in a medium that's geared for the masses," whereas Showtime would be content with even a fraction of that audience.

If a financial deal can be hammered out, the main sticking point is the will of Hurwitz, a veteran sitcom writer. "A lot comes down to how passionate Mitch is to keep it going," Newman says.

And Hurwitz? He says he's interested, but exhausted from the show's labor-intensive editing. He wants to pause before making a move. "I'm really torn. It's a really important show to me, but on the other hand, maybe it has lived the life it needs to live. What weighs against it is it's a soul-crushing amount of work."
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Gamblour. on February 10, 2006, 02:19:17 PM
Mitch will never make a good show. If all the hard work yields such great product, I'd quit bitching.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on February 10, 2006, 09:12:32 PM
those last 4 episodes were really good.  and the last episode was an especially nice bookend to the first.  god i hope thats not the end.  i'm terribly depressed now.  and it WAS a better show than curb.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: polkablues on February 11, 2006, 01:25:05 AM
I'm almost okay with the idea that this was the end.  Look at the original Office: 12 episodes plus the finale, and that was it.  But it added up to a body of work that was perfect.  AD got 53 episodes, and managed to end it on four of the most sublimely brilliant half-hours they've ever produced.  Maybe that's enough.















Then again, I want it back.  And I want it now.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on February 11, 2006, 01:53:57 AM
SOME SPOILERS










Those were some very strong episodes.  I loved how they brought Anyang in the last episode.  Brilliant.

I'm depressed too, but the intro said "season finale" so there's a glimmer of hope that Showtime will pick it up.  I'm not going to expect it, though. 

Polka, I thought that they had done as much as they could have with The Office, but AD has such a frenetic style with so many characters and settings popping in and out that it could go on for a few more seasons.  What a pity that they only had a 13 episode third season.

It is revealed that Anne is 18.  Did she get held back a few times?  George Michael is only 15.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: I Love a Magician on February 11, 2006, 02:09:24 AM
I haven't been able to catch much of season three (one episode discounting tonight's), but these fur episodes tonight were about as perfect as they could've been.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on February 11, 2006, 09:48:25 AM
george michael is driving on his own now so he's got to be atleast 16.  maybe 17 by now.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: JG on February 11, 2006, 09:49:50 AM
nice avatar, mod.  i haven't watched the four episodes yet, i taped em though.  looking forward to it. 
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: 72teeth on February 11, 2006, 11:38:46 AM
and i can't believe they even got to throw in a blue velvet reference!!!

spoil of a great line-----> Why are there puppets like, Frank!?

 :bravo:
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: pete on February 11, 2006, 12:38:53 PM
I dunno, that still felt like a season finale as opposed to a grand finale.  maybe a christmas special?
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: grand theft sparrow on February 11, 2006, 01:34:11 PM
and it WAS a better show than curb.

You know, I didn't believe it until I watched seasons 1 and 2 over one weekend.  But it's true. 

Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Gamblour. on February 14, 2006, 11:35:53 AM
The last four were awesome, damn funny lines, like: SPOILERS

"Who ever said vegetables were good for your heart?"
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: JG on February 14, 2006, 02:28:46 PM
I dunno, that still felt like a season finale

i don't man, it felt like the perfect way to cap everything off.  the way the first episode parallels the last.  especially with the recycling of the line, "actually i was gonna say breakfast..." 

the first 2 if 4 were really good but the last two were amazing.  maybe the best episodes.  especially cause the stakes were so high.  was it me or did the prosecution guy have some of the funniest lines?  "Now you can imagine the surprise if this was on right when i turned on the television!"  priceless.  i can't think of others right now but there were plenty.  i loved the moment when tobias (i think) said something about how hollywood pays such close attention to detail, right when george michael opens up the completely emtpy cabinets.  man, what a perfect to tie everything together. 

Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: MacGuffin on February 14, 2006, 08:59:59 PM
"Arrested" Can't Get Arrested

If that was indeed Arrested Development's swan song last week, then audiences paid the comedy their typical amount of respect: Not much.

Loved by critics, hailed by Emmy voters, but ignored by all but its cult of fans, the series mustered just 3.3 million viewers for what was billed as its two-hour season finale, but might well have been its series finale.

Fox is not expected to renew Arrested Development for a fourth season. Series creator Mitchell Hurwitz is weighing offers from ABC and Showtime, but is "hesitant" about continuing the show, E! Online TV columnist Kristin Veitch reported.

On one hand, Fox didn't do the Bluths any favors by sending off their series with four back-to-back episodes on a Friday--against the Winter Olympics opening ceremony on NBC. On the other hand, the Bluths haven't done well by Fox no matter where the network's aired the dysfunctional clan.

In its first season, Arrested Development averaged 6.2 million viewers--and it was all downhill from there, even as the accolades, including a 2004 Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, piled up.

"It was a great run, and it's great that the network didn't cancel us outright," star Jason Bateman told Veitch last November, when Fox ordered Arrested to wrap its third-season developments earlier than planned.

Friday's season-closer featured Bateman's real-life sister Justine Bateman as his character's presumed long-lost sister. The crowd didn't quite go wild. The "most watched" half-hour was at 9 p.m. It registered 3.5 million viewers and placed 105th for the TV week ended Sunday, per Nielsen Media Research. Even an episode of Malcolm in the Middle (101st place, 3.9 million), which Fox has already canceled, fared better.

Ratings or no, at least the Bluths will always have each other. Of course, maybe that's not such a good thing, either.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on February 14, 2006, 09:07:26 PM
fuck people.  man, everytime i click on this thread for mac's news i almost have a heart attack because one of these times its going to be confirmation of my worst fears.  i have a feeling mitch isnt going to bother with keeping it going but i really really hope i'm wrong.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Weird. Oh on February 14, 2006, 10:02:40 PM
"Arrested" Can't Get Arrested

If that was indeed Arrested Development's swan song last week, then audiences paid the comedy their typical amount of respect: Not much.

Loved by critics, hailed by Emmy voters, but ignored by all but its cult of fans, the series mustered just 3.3 million viewers for what was billed as its two-hour season finale, but might well have been its series finale.

Fox is not expected to renew Arrested Development for a fourth season. Series creator Mitchell Hurwitz is weighing offers from ABC and Showtime, but is "hesitant" about continuing the show, E! Online TV columnist Kristin Veitch reported.

On one hand, Fox didn't do the Bluths any favors by sending off their series with four back-to-back episodes on a Friday--against the Winter Olympics opening ceremony on NBC. On the other hand, the Bluths haven't done well by Fox no matter where the network's aired the dysfunctional clan.

In its first season, Arrested Development averaged 6.2 million viewers--and it was all downhill from there, even as the accolades, including a 2004 Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, piled up.

"It was a great run, and it's great that the network didn't cancel us outright," star Jason Bateman told Veitch last November, when Fox ordered Arrested to wrap its third-season developments earlier than planned.

Friday's season-closer featured Bateman's real-life sister Justine Bateman as his character's presumed long-lost sister. The crowd didn't quite go wild. The "most watched" half-hour was at 9 p.m. It registered 3.5 million viewers and placed 105th for the TV week ended Sunday, per Nielsen Media Research. Even an episode of Malcolm in the Middle (101st place, 3.9 million), which Fox has already canceled, fared better.

Ratings or no, at least the Bluths will always have each other. Of course, maybe that's not such a good thing, either.


this is total bullshit. I didn't even know it was on tv on friday, I had to download the episodes. FOX didn't bother advertising and moved the show to yet another night but expects people to watch? Fox has had some hits in the past but look what they've done with clearly beloved shows. a prime example would be Family Guy which they canceled but due to popularity on DVD brought back. I personally hate the show but it's popular as hell. When Arrested Development was first aired they definitely ran ads for it. I remember distinctly the ad where George is in prison talking to michael and he says "hit me one t-bone" or something like that. And that was the ad. But nothing since. I know that all my friends I've let borrow the dvd love them. They just weren't intrigued enough by the ads to watch the show but are hooked now. Fuck FOX.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: grand theft sparrow on February 15, 2006, 02:46:25 PM
FOX didn't bother advertising and moved the show to yet another night but expects people to watch?

That's just it.  They DIDN'T expect people to watch.  I guess that was payback for putting David Cross' rant against Fox on the season 2 DVD.  But that article MacGuffin posted was bullshit because they fail to mention that A) NO ONE has watched Fox on a Friday night since X-Files (what the hell is even on there these days?), and B) the AD finale was on against the opening ceremonies for the Olympics!  And yet the vast majority of the fanbase still watched it.  But there were no ads for it.  In fact, if I didn't see that my DVR was set to record it, I might have forgotten the article that I read about it almost A MONTH AGO!!!

Fox has had some hits in the past but look what they've done with clearly beloved shows. a prime example would be Family Guy which they canceled but due to popularity on DVD brought back. I personally hate the show but it's popular as hell.

If AD was animated, it might stand a chance.

Fuck FOX.

FOX - Producing (and Cancelling) More Niche TV Than The Other Networks Combined
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: tpfkabi on February 15, 2006, 09:38:28 PM
has anyone noticed the two(or is the same one?) kinda quirky shows they've been advertising now? i don't know why they think these new quirky ones will fare better than a proven show already with a fanbase.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: abuck1220 on February 15, 2006, 10:26:17 PM
has anyone noticed the two(or is the same one?) kinda quirky shows they've been advertising now? i don't know why they think these new quirky ones will fare better than a proven show already with a fanbase.

that was just like rubbing it in. they showed more ads for those shows during the two hours of AD than they did for AD in three seasons.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on February 15, 2006, 11:55:29 PM
And these shows are handheld too, but they don't seem funny at all.  I'm willing to give them a chance in case they turn out to be good, but I can already say that they're no Arrested Development.

At least one of those shows has PBH in it.  Which is a good sign for the show or a bad sign for PBH.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on February 18, 2006, 01:30:42 AM
http://www.imnoscar.com/
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: 72teeth on February 18, 2006, 04:11:51 AM
:rofl: do you realize the complexities of im no scar   aka im n oscar (im an oscar) as in, "i'm a victim of being switched with a look-a-like and thrown in prison" just like Oscar Bluth!!! "I'm an Oscar!" also has a keen similarity to "I'm a Patsy!"....oh AD, how magnificent was your glow? Let me count the ways....
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Weird. Oh on February 24, 2006, 01:46:51 AM
I can't believe no one has posted this news!!! unless it's a hoax, which if so would mean my life is ruined...but let's hope not! http://www.betterthanfudge.com/?p=334

Edit: Bah I looked into it further and it's unconfirmed just a rumor...but at least a rumor is like a beep on the Heart Monitor when a person is flatlined and you think they are dead but miracuously they gain a pulse...it's kinda like that.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Pubrick on February 24, 2006, 11:07:54 AM
Edit: Bah I looked into it further and it's unconfirmed just a rumor...but at least a rumor is like a beep on the Heart Monitor when a person is flatlined and you think they are dead but miracuously they gain a pulse...it's kinda like that.
i'm a strong proponent of euthanasia. let em die with dignity. no one wants a vegetative carcass being kept around just to prolong the inevitable. it's only comfort to people who can't let go. schiavo was dead long before they pulled the plug.

life goes on, join the living while you can.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on February 24, 2006, 11:23:08 AM
AD should have done a Terry Schiavo joke relating to the show.  Nobody was watching anyways.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: pete on February 24, 2006, 11:36:26 AM
there were some references when buster fell into the coma.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on February 24, 2006, 11:40:58 AM
there were some references when buster fell into the coma.

Ah, that's right.  The Schiavo thing seemed like so long ago that I forgot about it.  I guess I "went Schiavo" there for a second.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: tpfkabi on March 04, 2006, 10:56:56 PM
hey kids, i just got into the show late this season. i've wanted to get the first two seasons dvds, so i saw that Target had season 2 on sale for 14.99. i bought it.

should i wait until i can secure a copy of season one before watching it?
i'm thinking when season 3 comes out, probably season one will go on sale.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on March 05, 2006, 12:13:29 AM
best to watch it in order, not that it will kill you to watch season 2 first.  when you do get season 1 rewatching 2 will totally enhance your viewing experience so you win either way.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: edison on March 10, 2006, 05:45:12 PM
Pre-order season 3 at Amazon    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000EXDS7K/ref=nosim/104-8454753-3007941?n=130

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/newsitem.cfm?NewsID=5283   More info about the set here
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on March 11, 2006, 01:43:15 AM
The episode "Marta Complex" in season one was just brilliant.

"If she's there, say nobody."
"Nobody."
"Now I don't know what's going on." 
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Weird. Oh on March 18, 2006, 03:01:51 AM
'Arrested' Star Hale Has Backup Plan


LOS ANGELES -- Even if "Arrested Development" doesn't find a second life on Showtime or elsewhere, Tony Hale may not lack for work next season.

Hale is set to co-star with Andy Richter in the NBC pilot "Andy Barker, P.I.," in which Richter plays an accountant-turned-private eye.

For Hale, "Andy Barker" is in the proverbial second position to "Arrested Development," Variety reports. Should "Arrested" find life after FOX -- Showtime is considered the prime contender to pick up the show -- Hale would reprise his role as Buster Bluth, and the NBC project would be recast.


Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: killafilm on March 23, 2006, 12:11:22 AM
So I netlfix the first season.  All three arrive around the same time.  Last night finally get around to popping in the first disc.  But for whatever reason my roommate throws it in.  Don't really look at the menu or anything just start watching.  I'm all like "they're really just throwing us into this world."  About three hours later I pass out.  Wake up thinking why didn't I watch this earlier when Mod said I should.  Throw in disc two and... IT's the same disc that I watched last night.  I check all of the labels, disc one check, disc two check, disc three check.  Looks at all of the discs and lo and behold two disc twos.  Ahh-well.   :doh:
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on March 23, 2006, 07:41:51 AM
yeah you need the first handful of episodes really to introduce everybody.  damn!  try again, check in after season one.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: tpfkabi on March 23, 2006, 10:18:18 PM
i went ahead and watched season two. it was great. i'd already seen several of the eps when they were showing older episodes after the new ones. i think my favorite ep so far is Good Grief, but that might be because i've seen it more than the others. i got a disc with it on it a long time ago when i bought something else. one of those bonus disc best buy things.

"like anyone would want to 'r' her."
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on March 25, 2006, 12:11:08 AM
My favorite from season two is Immaculate Election.

"It's a way to make money while I'm working!"
"Yeah, that's what we call working."
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on March 28, 2006, 12:29:14 AM
 :yabbse-sad: :yabbse-sad: :yabbse-sad: :yabbse-sad: :yabbse-sad:


http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2006/03/28/GOODMAN.TMP

R.I.P., 'Arrested Development' -- critics' fave not given room to grow
Tim Goodman
Tuesday, March 28, 2006


The Bluths are out of business.

"Arrested Development," the critically praised but low-rated Fox show that won an Emmy for outstanding comedy series, as well as Emmys for writing, will not be resurrected on Showtime as rumors circulating for months have suggested.

A source close to the negotiations said that creator Mitch Hurwitz had decided after a lengthy period of debating an offer from Showtime that "Arrested Development reached its end, creatively, as a series."

Reached on his cell phone while filming a movie in Toronto, star Jason Bateman said he had mixed emotions about the news, saying he was sad for the series to end but happy that the beloved series will live on DVD for people to enjoy.

"I'm so proud of it and so like it as a TV fan that I'm happy we're not going to get a chance to screw it up," he said, in the deadpan style of his character, Michael Bluth, about the only sane member of the dysfunctional Bluth clan. "Our luck wouldn't have held. There would have been cast fighting. We would have messed it up."

Part of the reason Bateman can joke about it now -- and perhaps it will sting a little less painfully for diehard fans -- is that the fate of the series has been in limbo for so long. Though Fox hasn't even officially canceled the series, Fox entertainment President Peter Liguori said months ago that the network was moving on -- and the last four episodes from this truncated third season were burned off in February up against the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics, a sure sign of not being wanted.

Despite the Emmys, the audience never showed up to make "Arrested Development" a hit. Though Fox renewed it for a second season, it ended up cutting the order to 18 (a move spoofed in a later "Arrested Development" episode). When Liguori took over as entertainment president of Fox, one of the first things he was told, according to a source inside the network, was "You don't want to be the guy who cancels 'Arrested Development.' "

But risking a critical backlash was apparently easier to do than making the show profitable, so even though "Arrested Development" was brought back for its third and final season, it was moved to Mondays and limited to 13 episodes.

"Arrested Development" premiered in November 2003 and quickly became a critical darling for its brilliant writing, superb cast and multilayered jokes. Narrated by Ron Howard (whose company produced the series), "Arrested Development" had a faux-documentary, cinema verite style that traced the sorry path of the Bluths from the glory days of their home development company to their cash-strapped existence thanks to a government fraud bust.

The series mined hilarious performances from Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, David Cross, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi and others, plus a string of memorable guest stars.

Bateman, who's in Toronto filming "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium" alongside Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman, said "Arrested Development" opened a lot of doors for him. "The people who hand out jobs in L.A. were basically the only ones who watched the show, which worked out great for me. I'm getting a lot of flattering opportunities." Bateman said the reason he got the role in his latest film is "a direct result of 'Arrested Development.' "

Everyone involved in the series benefited, Bateman said, including Fox. "At least they had a presence at the Emmys, which was new for them."

For a series that never attained more than cult status, "Arrested Development" set off one of the strangest behind-the-scenes bidding wars when it was clear Fox had given up on it. The Chronicle first reported that Showtime was interested in picking up the series and moving it to pay cable, where it would not only add significant value to the Showtime lineup but also be immune to the ratings pressure of broadcast television. Then word came that ABC wanted to get into the bidding (probably because "Arrested Development" would have been a good stylistic match for that network's midseason comedy "Sons & Daughters"). Once the ABC interest surfaced, sources inside Fox said the network became worried that it would suffer great embarrassment if it lost the series to a rival that managed to make it a hit. That's partly why no official cancellation came from Fox.

But 20th Century Fox TV, the studio that made "Arrested Development," was clearly pursuing a home for the series. The Showtime offer was reportedly for two 12-episode seasons, with the entire cast coming back. Though the deal was on the table for some time, Hurwitz sounded out cast members about whether it made sense for the show to continue.

Noted for his work on getting all the details right (not just the writing, but the visual humor and the ceaseless references to past episodes and previous punch lines), Hurwitz ended up putting an inordinate amount of time into the series, and no doubt that workload played a part in his decision to pass on the Showtime offer.

Though the demise of one of television's most devastatingly funny comedies deals a blow to the hopes of a diehard audience (not to mention the sitcom genre), Hurwitz and his writers deserve credit for a tremendously effective wrap-up of the myriad story arcs in "Arrested Development." The series would have had to change gears on Showtime.

And as Bateman said about the three-season DVDs: "It's nice that there's a medium to preserve it."
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on March 28, 2006, 07:46:01 AM
Mitch Hurwitz Quits Arrested Development
Source: Variety March 28, 2006

Variety reports that Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz says he will not be continuing with the series, throwing a major wrench into attempts to keep the Emmy-winning comedy alive for a fourth season.

Series producers 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine Television had agreed on a deal to move "Arrested," previously on Fox, to Showtime -- assuming Hurwitz was willing to come back. In the end, however, a mix of creative and financial concerns has prompted Hurwitz to move on.

Hurwitz said he had briefed most of the show's cast about his decision, as well as some of the writers. He also talked with executive producer-narrator Ron Howard, who asked Hurwitz if he would be willing to continue as a consultant on "Arrested" should 20th and Imagine find a network willing to continue the series without Hurwitz.

"I said I'd be happy to do that, but that as showrunner, I've gone as far as I can go," he said.

Hurwitz hinted that while "Arrested" may have run its course as a TV show as far as he's concerned, he would be interested in reviving the franchise as a feature film.

Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Pubrick on March 28, 2006, 08:04:50 AM
Hurwitz hinted that while "Arrested" may have run its course as a TV show as far as he's concerned, he would be interested in reviving the franchise as a feature film.
jesus, let it go.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Gamblour. on March 28, 2006, 09:22:00 AM
Hurwitz hinted that while "Arrested" may have run its course as a TV show as far as he's concerned, he would be interested in reviving the franchise as a feature film.
jesus, let it go.

don't you really mean, "Kick it to the curb?"
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: MacGuffin on March 30, 2006, 12:49:43 AM
An Arrested Development Movie?

Now that he's officially quit the show, series creator Mitch Hurwitz all but sealed the fate of Arrested Development by pretty much saying (Note: Not an actual quote), "Hell, if I can't develop this thing into a hit, then no one can." While those of us who have remained faithful to the show knew this was coming eventually, it does mark a sad day for television. Anyway, although he's left the show, Hurwitz did hint that a feature film is a possibility. Could Arrested Development follow in the footsteps of Firefly and take a chance at the big screen?

The good folks over at Cinema Confidential give us this:

"Arrested Development" TV series creator Mitch Hurwitz has quit the show, leaving little hope for the series to continue on another network for a fourth season. But could it follow in the footsteps of "Firefly" and be resurrected as a feature film? The trade hints as such. Hurwitz hints to the trade that while "Arrested Development" has run its course as a TV series, a feature film is a possibilty for the future.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on March 30, 2006, 12:59:50 AM
don't you really mean, "Kick it to the curb?"

Or "take a forget-me-not?"
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on May 16, 2006, 06:43:17 PM
Title: Arrested Development
Released: 29th August 2006
SRP: $29.98

Further Details:
Fox Home Entertainment has revealed the artwork for the third and final season of Arrested Development which stars Jason Bateman. The two-disc package will be available to own from the 29th August, and should set you back around $29.98. All 13 episodes will be presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, along with English Dolby Surround tracks. Fox has yet to reveal details on any extra material for this one - but we'll let you know as soon as we hear anything. For now though, here's the official package artwork:

(http://www.xixax.com/images/dvd/adseas3.jpg)
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Weird. Oh on July 09, 2006, 03:00:29 AM
re-watching the 3rd season ago after read the news it was nominated for outstanding comedy series.... and I read this little tidbit and just amazed at the details this show goes to In the episode "The Ocean Walker", Buster loses his prosthetic hand when it becomes lodged in the dashboard of the stair car as he is dancing to Styx's song, "Mr. Roboto". Fans may remember a similar scene from a 1999 Volkswagen commercial which, not so coincidentally, also featured Hale



....so great...so sad it's gone :(
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Redlum on July 09, 2006, 05:58:46 AM
Nice one.

I ended up re-watching some season 3 episodes after seeking out 'Faking it' to experience the joy of the moment where Michael calls Franklin to the stand and Gob prances across the court to an up-tempo version of 'It aint easy being white'.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: tpfkabi on July 09, 2006, 02:00:53 PM
i finally got the Season One set.

i thought the girlfriend, Anne, had probably shown up in Season One, but it looks like she just appears in the first ep of Season Two.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: I Love a Magician on July 09, 2006, 02:20:57 PM
Semi-spoiler:

The part in the finale where GOB lies to Michael and says that he did have sex with his sister is probably the funniest thing I've seen on the show.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: MacGuffin on July 12, 2006, 10:38:25 AM
Development on Arrested Movie
Source: Moviehole

Plans are apparently underway to bring “Arrested Development” to the big screen.

Speaking to TV Guide, star Alia Shawkat said "Mitch [Hurwitz, the creator] actually recently told us that there is a good possibility for a movie, and that he's talking to Ron Howard about it."

Ronny, of course, is one of the show’s producers. He also narrated the series. If anyone can make it happen, Fonzie’s pal can.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on July 12, 2006, 12:13:41 PM
Please let it be a 12 hour movie released in half-hour installments...
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: grand theft sparrow on July 12, 2006, 04:19:26 PM
Here's Charlize's next Oscar nod.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: MacGuffin on July 18, 2006, 11:25:42 PM
Arnett on Arrested Movie
Gob and the gang may return on the big screen.

Fans of Arrested Development may be small in terms of a television audience, but their numbers and fierce loyalty just may translate to success on the big screen. After the cancellation of the show on Fox last year, speculation of a return on another network, most specifically Showtime, raged on for months.

At this point, the likelihood of a comeback for the show seems unlikely, although creators and cast haven't ruled out the possibility of a feature film version of the show.

While visiting the set of the Bob Odenkirk comedy The Brothers Solomon in Los Angeles this week, IGN had the chance to talk to Will Arnett, who Arrested fans fondly remember as the energetic and awful "illusionist" Gob Bluth.

During interviews for the comedy You, Me and Dupree, co-directors Anthony and Joe Russo purportedly mentioned the possibility of an Arrested Development feature film.

Sitting in the trailer of Will Arnett for a cozy and inviting interview, IGN asked the actor about the possibility. "When did they say that? Yeah, there has been talk of that. I don't know exactly where they're at with that. I've talked about it with Mitch [Hurwitz] and Jason [Bateman] and a little bit with a bunch of people involved with the show and different producers... I'm pretty sure that, obviously it rests on Mitch, any sort of project like that would have to come from him. It would be something that he would be really passionate about. If the story was right and you felt like that the story was right, and by story I mean money, was large enough, then he'd do it…"
 
Although the prospect of the show returning to small screens appears unlikely, we asked him whether he would still be open to the idea or if he's put the show behind him. "Well, gosh I don't know. It's hard to answer a hypothetical question."

"There are so many moving parts to that. For a long time, we spent the first three years that we were on, we spent almost every week not knowing whether we were going to come back on the following week. Living under those kinds of circumstances, it's not the most ideal. I think that, for the show, in a certain way it actually kind of helped us. We felt like that consummate underdogs. We always kind of used that fear and excitement and anger. I know that Mitch used some of it to fuel the storylines for the show and we used it sometimes in our performances."

"Then with the whole thing about going to Showtime, you know that dragged on for so long, I think that people… By the end of that process, we all kind of felt like the show was over, so I doubt very much that the show would ever come back in a TV show format. But it could live in a different life as a film. That is something that everybody has discussed fairly casually."

As Arnett transitions to the big screen in two Odenkirk projects, Let's Go to Prison and Solomon as well as the Will Ferrell comedy Blades of Glory, he says that the style of Arrested helped him prepare. "It hasn't been that much different. Arrested Development was really like shooting a little movie every week, a twenty minute movie every week."   
 
"Unlike most television sitcoms, we obviously didn't shoot in front of an audience. There was no laugh track on the show, so it was never about hitting the joke and then holding it, it was much more cinematic in that way. Of course it moves a lot quicker in TV. You don't have the luxury of time, you've gotta get the product out. In movies, you have the time to really sort of craft each scene and that's kind of nice."

So, does Arnett miss Gob? "Do I miss Gob? Yeah, to a certain extent I miss Gob. It was a really fun part to play, just that incredible insecurity masked by an incredible amount of bravado. But all of that just a total front for somebody who's not been loved. With that, as an actor, it gave me a lot of license to be kind of awful and simultaneously sweet. We always sort of joked that the writers created these pretty terrible characters. On paper, they were pretty terrible people, and it was always our job to try to make them likable. So I miss that experience, and I do miss Gob, that old rogue."
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: MacGuffin on July 26, 2006, 10:56:43 PM
'Arrested' breaks out on 3 fronts
Source: Hollywood Reporter

In what Fox Entertainment Group called an industry first, all 53 episodes of the critically acclaimed comedy "Arrested Development" have been licensed simultaneously to MSN, HDNet and G4 for a three-year period starting in September.

"The one thing that's really exciting about this is that we believe we're establishing a new marketplace, and that is absolutely our goal," Fox Digital Media president Peter Levinsohn said. "Not every series is going to lend itself to this kind of distribution, but we're looking at different ways."

As part of the deal, G4 has acquired basic cable rights to the series, which ran from 2003-06 on Fox, while HDNet will have exclusive high-definition television access to the show, which was shot in high-def. G4 will begin stripping the series in a primetime slot in October, while HDNet will air the show with two back-to-back episodes on Wednesday nights starting in September. There are no daypart restrictions for either network.

MSN will debut its presentation slightly later than the other two licensees because it is creating an interactive, fully featured environment in which to show "Arrested." All of the episodes will be available on demand throughout the license period rather than scheduled to be shown one at a time.

Levinsohn -- who worked on the deals with Steve MacDonald, executive vp sales, basic cable, at Twentieth Television, which distributes the show -- said the agreement is "groundbreaking" because it includes online as well as traditional partners. The deals are complementary rather than competitive, he said.

"We're satisfying three different types of consumers -- those that want to watch on their computers in a nonlinear environment, and Steven has put together deals for those who have invested in home theater equipment and those that prefer basic cable," Levinsohn said. "I think we'll see more of this sort of thing going forward."

All parties declined comment on the financial terms of the deals, but sources said the license fee was in the low-six-figure range per episode. On top of MSN's per-episode license fee, it will share advertising and sponsorship revenue with Fox.

"The beauty of distributing an entire series online -- especially a series like 'Arrested,' where the audience is so passionate -- is that we can build an immersive world around the show," said Rob Bennett, general manager of entertainment and video services for MSN. "We want to build something where fans will feel at home."

The revenue-sharing agreement was a bridge between traditional distribution and ad-supported online distribution, he added.

"We're firm believers in the value of advertising," Bennett said. "We think it's a long-term model that will serve the industry well."

Neither G4 president Neal Tiles nor HDNet president and co-founder Mark Cuban is concerned about the additional availability of "Arrested" on MSN, saying the show is a good fit with their respective networks' viewerships. Tiles noted that it makes sense to have an online component, considering that young males -- who he said tend to be big fans of the show -- are increasingly accessing content via nonlinear applications, adding that "it's a strong enough property" to air online and on television at the same time.

Tiles said, "The show is very much in sync with the persona of G4," which targets the male 18-34 demo. "It's clever, irreverent and witty, and we believe the hallmarks of the G4 brand are very similar."

Cuban noted that MSN will feature links to HDNet's Web site, where viewers can get information on how to subscribe to the network. He also is considering promoting the show's debut on HDNet with an "Arrested Development" night featuring selected episodes at Landmark Theatres, owned by 2929 Entertainment, which Cuban co-owns with Todd Wagner.

"'Arrested Development' has a devoted upscale audience that matches HDNet's audience," Cuban said. "We have had great success with similar critically acclaimed, 'smart' programming like (acquired series) 'Dead Like Me,' 'Andy Richter (Controls the Universe),' 'Boomtown,' etc. 'Arrested Development' was a perfect fit for us."

HDNet reaches 3 million subscribes on both cable and satellite platforms, while G4 is available in 57 million cable and satellite homes nationwide. MSN is watched by more than 11 million unique users a month.

Produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Entertainment, "Arrested Development" won multiple Emmy Awards but failed to gain traction with viewers. The show centers on Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman), who is doing his best to pick up the pieces and keep his offbeat family from falling apart after his father, George Bluth (Jeffrey Tambor), is locked up for fraud.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: MacGuffin on August 14, 2006, 02:17:46 PM
Tony Hale Talks Arrested Development DVDs
Buster Bluth chats about commentaries and the final season release of the series.

On Tuesday, August 22nd, the third, and sadly final, season of the brilliant comedy series Arrested Development will be released on DVD. The 13-episode collection shows all of the twists and turns the eccentric and self-absorbed Orange County based Bluth family took in their final year, which included a five episode guest role by Charlize Theron and adventures in Mexico and Iraq. The DVD features several extra features, including deleted and extended scenes, a blooper reel and a behind the scenes featurette. There is also commentary on three of the episodes, including the finale.

Recently, in conjunction with the DVD release of season 3, IGN had the opportunity to speak to Tony Hale, who so memorably played Buster, the youngest and most timid member of the four Bluth siblings. Perpetual momma's boy Buster would have a number of noteworthy storylines through the years, as his character dated Liza Minnelli, joined the army and had his hand bit off by a seal… Yes, you read that correctly. Hale gave his thoughts on the critically adored show and the new DVD release.

Commenting on how he feels about the show ending, with a few months distance since it occurred, Hale said, "It's bittersweet. It was such a fantastic ride, we had such a blast and the people I got to work with and the writers I was working with… The whole thing was just a gift. I actually just got a copy of the DVD and you know, just looking at it, it's kind of bittersweet, but I'm just so thankful I was able to do it. It's one of those experiences you might never have again."
 
Hale was one of those who recorded commentaries for the Season 3 set, along with Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz and costars Jason Batman, Will Arnett, Portia de Rossi, Jessica Walter, David Cross, Michael Cera and Alia Shawkat. Hale explained, "We ended [production] in December, and I think we did the commentaries in June. We were able to reunite to see those [episodes], so it was great."

Hale said the mood while recording the commentaries was very positive. "We're all just such huge fans of each other, that it's just fun." As for his own commentary performance, Hale noted, "Usually I'm the one that's pretty quiet in the commentaries, because I just laugh at everybody else, so I love being around them, because it's just like one big show. I just sit back and laugh."

Commenting on what the show never could achieve a wider audience, Hale remarked, "It's one of those things were I loved it, but my parents were like, 'Ehh, it's cute.' They would love it like when I would do pratfalls or something like that. But I think it was just one of those things that some people got it, some people didn't." Hale added, "It's also one of those things you really have to rewind and catch jokes that you missed, and you've got to pay attention. So people aren't kind of used to paying attention sometimes with comedy."

When I mentioned that DVD is a great format for the series, since it's so good for repeat viewings, Hale revealed, "I haven't seen the show in awhile. I have season 1 and 2 and I don't really watch them. It's fun, because I haven't seen any season 1 shows since probably I shot them. So now and then, I'd like to kind of go back and see those."
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: MacGuffin on August 18, 2006, 10:49:34 AM
Arnett on Arrested Development’s Movie Chances     
Source: Now Playing Magazine

The phrase “ahead of its time” gets bandied about with alarming frequency with regards to failed, slightly unconventional entertainment projects of all types. The more appropriate phrase might simply be “misfiled,” which is certainly the case with Fox’s axed Arrested Development — a single-camera sitcom that, with its every creative breath, evinced a feel and fleetness of foot much more in step with comedy for which one would pay, either on HBO or the big screen. It’s fitting, then, that after three turbulent years on network television, the dysfunctional Bluth family might eventually make their way to theaters.

“I’ve talked about it with [creator] Mitch [Hurwitz] and Jason [Bateman], and a little bit with the producers and a bunch of people involved with the show,” confirms Will Arnett, who played Gob, a flamboyant and smarmy amateur magician whose massive bravado masked an incredible insecurity. “Obviously it rests on Mitch. Any sort of project like that would have to come from him and be something that he was really passionate about. But I’m guessing that if he felt the story was right — and by story I mean the money was large enough — then we’ll [eventually] do it,” says Arnett with a smile.

Arnett, for one, would welcome the return. Taking a break on the Los Angeles set of The Brothers Solomon, a comedy written by and co-starring Saturday Night Live’s Will Forte, he recalls the character of Gob as “a loveable rogue,” and professes he misses him, if not the accompanying occupational uncertainty. “For a long time, the three years that we were on, we spent almost every week not knowing if we were going to come back the following week,” Arnett says, “and living in those kind of circumstances is not the most ideal. I think that for the show, in a certain way, it helped, in that we felt like the consummate underdog, and so we always used that fear and anxiety and anger to fuel some of the storylines of the show, and certainly in the performances. But the whole thing about [the series] going to Showtime — that dragged on for so long, that by the end of that process I think that we all felt like the show was just kind of over. So I doubt very much that it would come back in its original format, but it could live as a film. That’s something that everybody has discussed, fairly casually.”

While 20th Century Fox missed the boat the first time around with Office Space, another “misfiled” comedy that attracted a similarly devoted cult audience and at one point talks of a sequel or, ironically, small screen spin-off, look for them to do their best to make moves on creator Hurwitz and, once an idea is firmed up and the busy feature schedules of its ensemble cast abate, an Arrested reunion just might take place sometime in the next couple of years.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on October 27, 2006, 05:03:37 PM
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i0q3OxqCLwzNESKhbdiSpZA%3D%3D

Hurwitz, Day in the 'Thick' of it
October 27, 2006
By Nellie Andreeva

After skewering affluenza in Orange County, Mitchell Hurwitz and former "Arrested Development" scribe Richard Day have set their sights on the mining the humor in bureaucratic ineptitude.

Hurwitz, the Emmy-winning creator and executive producer of Fox's "Arrested Development," and Day have signed on to develop the U.S. adaptation of the BBC4 series "The Thick of It" for Sony Pictures TV, BBC Worldwide Prods. and the Hurwitz Co. The British series centers on a put-upon member of Parliament who is continually harassed by inept bureaucrats working for the prime minister and other politicians and civil servants.

Sony is in the process of shopping the project to prospective network buyers.

Day, who was a co-executive producer on "Development," will write the pilot script for the half-hour, single-camera comedy and executive produce along with Hurwitz, Armando Iannucci, creator of the original series, and Paul Telegdy of BBC Worldwide. Hurwitz will supervise the project and produce through his Hurwitz Co. banner. BBC Worldwide has a first-look production pact with Sony Pictures TV.

The original "Thick," starring Chris Langham and Peter Capaldi, took the best new comedy trophy at the British Comedy Awards.

"Development" ended its three-season run on Fox this year after collecting the Emmy for best comedy series in 2004 and an Emmy for Hurwitz for penning the show's pilot. In addition to "Development," Day's TV credits include NBC's "Good Morning, Miami" and HBO's "The Larry Sanders Show."

Hurwitz and Day are repped by CAA. Hurwitz is repped by attorney Jim Jackoway; Day is with attorney Jared Levine.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: gob on October 28, 2006, 03:21:01 AM
Fuckin' A
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Redlum on January 03, 2007, 07:49:30 AM
That's incredible news! The British series is great, but it'll be a while (if ever) before new episodes are made, because the lead star is currently on trial for peadophilia.


Did you see the hour long special last night? I thought it was the best yet - particularly because of the massive ipod based insult by Tucker's right hand man.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: I Love a Magician on January 03, 2007, 01:51:35 PM
Michael Cera stars in "Impossible Is the Opposite of Possible"


Which, of course, is a parody of:
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: polkablues on January 03, 2007, 06:06:47 PM
Michael Cera stars in "Impossible Is the Opposite of Possible"


Which, of course, is a parody of:


Thank you for posting that, thank Michael Cera for making it, and thank the universe for existing in such a way as to have made my viewing of it possible.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Redlum on June 05, 2007, 02:21:06 PM
Sorry this is a bit random but I've had a bizarre memory today and I swear it came from this show. All I know is that involved the theme from The Greatest American Hero (
) and perhaps some kind of montage or short 'moment'. I hope I not wrong about it being in Arrested.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: MacGuffin on June 05, 2007, 02:28:15 PM
Sorry this is a bit random but I've had a bizarre memory today and I swear it came from this show. All I know is that involved the theme from The Greatest American Hero (
) and perhaps some kind of montage or short 'moment'. I hope I not wrong about it being in Arrested.

Sure it's not from Seinfeld?:

Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Redlum on June 05, 2007, 02:41:11 PM
no....but that was brilliant. thanks.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: 72teeth on June 05, 2007, 05:08:21 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqBhNlsQyEY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqBhNlsQyEY)???

watch it for about a minute...
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Redlum on June 06, 2007, 04:10:31 PM
Thats it! Thanks.


...sorry Arrested. Still, I can see Gob dancing to this in some kind of 'Final Countdown' / 'William Hung Jury' cross.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: MacGuffin on September 19, 2007, 01:08:52 PM
Bateman Holds Out Hope For ‘Arrested Development’ Movie
Source: MTV

Following on the heels of our just-published story on the quasi-reunion of Michael Cera and Jason Bateman in “Juno”, I wanted to put up some additional news on what might become an “Arrested Development” reunion for real.

“We would all love to get back together and maybe do something with the show in the future,” the former (and possibly future) Michael Bluth said during the interview, revealing that talks are still alive. “But I don’t know when — or how — that would happen.”

“Maybe it could be as a movie or something,” Bateman reasoned, saying that the emergence of “Superbad” star Cera — and improv comedies in general — have created a more welcoming environment for the dysfunctional clan. “We’ll see. We’ll let the adults figure it out.”

Since its cancellation in February 2006, “Development” has sold solidly on DVD. Stars like Will Arnett (”Blades of Glory”), Bateman (”The Kingdom”) and Tony Hale (”Because I Said So”) have graduated to movie careers, while Cera has shown the world what “AD” fans knew for years. “He’s so subtle and so skilled,” Bateman grinned. “He’s like a little marksmen.”

As such, the cast are still encouraged by ongoing industry attempts to bring “AD” back to life. But even if they end up on Showtime, HBO or a theater near you, Bateman doubts that series creator Mitchell Hurwitz and his team of writers would take advantage of their newfound freedoms. “We kind of liked being handcuffed a little bit,” he insisted.

“I know we had specific conversations about [continuing to bleep the bad language] in the event that the show went to Showtime,” Bateman said. “Would we eliminate the bleeps on the profanity? Across the board, everybody said, ‘No. You keep the bleeps in.’ It’s funnier. I don’t think we would go away from what it was, anymore than maybe some content here and there. But as far as the execution and the format, I think we’d probably stay pretty much the same.”

With any luck, “AD” fans will get some bleepin’ good news real soon.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on December 11, 2007, 12:42:31 PM
http://www.iwatchstuff.com/2007/12/bateman_provides_glimmer_of_ho.php
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: MacGuffin on February 02, 2008, 10:05:03 AM
Exclusive! Jason Bateman Confirms Arrested Development Movie Talks
Source: E! Online

This just might be the best news we Arrested fans have heard in a very long time.

Jason Bateman has just confirmed to me that the creative minds behind Arrested Development (Mitch Hurwitz and Ron Howard) have put the wheels in motion toward a major motion picture of the Fox TV comedy so many of us adore. I'm told by insiders that Jason and other Bluth family members have received calls from producers (Hurwitz and Howard) asking if they would be willing to shoot a movie.

"I can confirm that a round of sniffing has started," Bateman says. "Any talk is targeting a poststrike situation, of course. I think, as always, that it's a question of whether the people with the money are willing to give our leader, Mitch Hurwitz, what he deserves for his participation. And I can speak for the cast when I say our fingers are crossed."

Jeffrey Tambor also revealed on XM Radio's the Ron and Fez Show that he has been approached by Ron Howard to see if he's willing to do an Arrested film. (You can hear that interview below.)

For the record, both Jason and Jeffrey's answers were: Hells yeah. And I hear from other sources that other castmembers were called and that everyone seems to be very much on board and excited by the prospect.

Insiders also tell me that while creator Mitch Hurwitz does not yet have a script, he has a good, solid understanding of what he'd like to do for the movie, and Universal is very much interested.

And so it seems that a few good—wait, no, outrageously amazing—things just might come out of this unfortunate writers' strike, as the creative minds in this town have had time to pause, regroup and think about their dream projects.

And an Arrested movie is a pretty great dream, is it not?

http://www.eonline.com/gossip/kristin/detail/index.jsp?uuid=15a310d7-61f0-49b6-ba57-092e60c397cb
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Sleepless on May 31, 2008, 04:52:40 PM
Just finished watching the entire series on Hulu, and it is one of the best TV comedies around. Sad I missed it when it was on TV. The show is consistently intelligent and laugh-out-loud, and it seems the always-on-top-form writers really do know their characters inside out, or least as well as the audience does which seems to be something of a novelty in TV these days. Jokes and storylines could be set up often episodes in advance, and you don't even realize until the payoff. Hopefully the rumored movie will happen, but this is one of the few TV comedies I consider worth buying on DVD.

For anyone who hasn't checked it out, I highly recommend it. The entire three seasons can currently be seen on Hulu.com
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Reinhold on May 31, 2008, 06:59:30 PM
my favorite line in the series:

Michael, in response to the question of who the father of Maggie Lizer's baby is: "Probably some geeky Simpson's writer."
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Ravi on June 23, 2008, 10:58:16 PM
http://defamer.com/5019005/what-a-fun-sexy-time-for-us-jason-bateman-confirms-arrested-development-movie-to-shoot-next-year

What a 'Fun, Sexy Time' For Us: Jason Bateman Confirms 'Arrested Development' Movie To Shoot Next Year

It's been rumored since the show went off the air two years ago, but it looks the Arrested Development movie is finally a go. While in the UK to promote his upcoming role in the Will Smith vehicle Hancock, costar Jason Bateman let slip that the embattled Bluths are finally reuniting on the big screen:

A big-screen version of Arrested Development is planned for next year. “When it was on TV, if you missed one word the whole third act could be blown for you. And TV is a different experience. You come home and you've got to finish a call so you miss the first ten minutes or you get snacky and you go to the fridge and you miss another two minutes, so it's a different experience to film.”

While the cult sitcom may not be able to hit Sex and the City heights on its way to movieplexes, Bateman says it can still claim foreign appeal:

“Arrested Development played late at night in England, so I got a lot of coke addicts and meth freaks. Great. So you've seen me but you just don't remember me.” When I suggest that will change since he is in so many films now, he quips again. “So I am a whore, too.”
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: tpfkabi on June 24, 2008, 07:46:15 AM
it was odd, i think last friday bateman was on one late night show and almost immediately following i flipped and tambour was on another hinting at the movie.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Sleepless on June 24, 2008, 08:43:32 AM
I saw that too - he was on Craig Ferguson "We may be doing a movie!!"

Amazon has got the complete series on DVD at 59% off:
http://www.amazon.com/Arrested-Development-Complete-Seasons/dp/B000JJ3Y78/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1214314942&sr=8-1 (http://www.amazon.com/Arrested-Development-Complete-Seasons/dp/B000JJ3Y78/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1214314942&sr=8-1)

Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Sleepless on July 03, 2008, 08:51:13 AM
From EW.com:

Bluth family lovers, rejoice! Former Arrested Development costar Jeffrey Tambor has confirmed published reports that a movie version of the Emmy-winning Fox comedy is in the works. “After months of speculation, I think we have finally figured out for sure that we are indeed doing an Arrested Development movie," Tambor told EW.com at the premiere of Hellboy II on Saturday, the closing night of the L.A. Film Festival. "I am very excited about that. I love that cast and crew and I felt like we had more to say."
The series, which aired for three seasons, starred Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, and Michael Cera. The single-camera comedy was beloved by critics, but was never a ratings bonanza for Fox, which canceled the show a year after it won the Emmy award for best comedy.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: MacGuffin on November 13, 2008, 11:25:33 AM
Exclusive - Jeffrey Tambor says ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT Movie is a Go!
Source: Collider

Just a few hours ago, Universal Home Video held a pretty nice party at the club Element (in Hollywood) to showcase their upcoming “Hellboy 2: The Golden Army” Blu-ray release.

While I haven’t watched the Blu-ray yet…based on what they showed us tonight, the disc is omfg. I mean it’s absolutely loaded with extras and tons of informative bits that show you how the special effects were done, how they made everything look so real, and I think by just watching this Blu-ray you could make your own Hellboy movie.

In the coming days Dellamorte will have a full review…but I can tell you right now it’s absolutely worth owning. Not only because the movie is good, but due to how much time and effort went into this Blu-ray.

Anyway, to help promote the upcoming release, Universal had a red carpet at the event and I was able to interview most of the cast and writer/director Guillermo Del Toro. In the next day or two I’ll have all the interviews posted…but the one I needed to get online immediately is the one with Jeffrey Tambor.

As most of you know, Jeffrey was on one of the best comedies I’ve ever seen on network TV. The show was called “Arrested Development” and no amount of superlatives can do the show justice. Let’s just say it was brilliant and move on.

Since the show was cancelled, rumblings of a feature film based on the show have been reported every time any of the stars does an interview. Almost always…the star in question says I’d love to do one, but I’m waiting to hear from creator Mitch Hurwitz.

Well…tonight is the night the story shifts into high gear!

On the red carpet, Jeffrey told me he just spoke to Mitch and the movie is a go! He says Mitch Hurwitz spoke to him this week and while he didn’t know when the start date was, he  said, ”when the writer/director calls you it’s a pretty good sign.”

Since I know a lot of you are just as passionate about the show…here’s just the part of the interview where he talked about “Arrested Development”. Further down is the full interview and it’s really worth watching. We talked a lot about his recent appearance on “Entourage”, him wanting to work on “The Hobbit” with Guillermo and a lot more.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: MacGuffin on November 21, 2008, 01:11:24 AM
'Arrested Development' film gets closer
Mitch Hurwitz, Ron Howard ink deals for feature treatment
Source: Hollywood Reporter
 
The "Arrested Development" feature has moved closer to reality, with Mitch Hurwitz and Ron Howard reportedly closing deals for the long-gestating project from Imagine and Fox Searchlight.

The possible migration of the critically acclaimed but short-lived Fox series to the big screen has been a hot topic among fans for the past year. Speculation has been fueled by cast members of the show, including Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Jeffrey Tambor, who have been frequently quoted in interviews that a feature adaptation is in the works.

Hurwitz, who created and exec produced the Emmy-winning series, is on board to write the film as well as direct with help from Howard. The series, from Imagine TV and 20th TV, was a pet project of Howard, who had a lot to do with its distinct visual style. In the final episode, Howard, playing himself, heard the Bluth TV family's pitch of their story and liked it for a movie.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on February 24, 2009, 06:02:05 PM
Michael Cera Joins Arrested Development Movie
Source: E! Online

Oh happy day!

Inside sources close to the negotiations of the upcoming Arrested Development movie tell me that Superbad and Juno star (and before that, hello, George-Michael Bluth!) Michael Cera has finally agreed to do the feature film project.

Cera had been the lone holdout among the show's stars for several weeks. All other Bluths, including Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Jessica Walter, Jeffrey Tambor and David Cross, are already game, according to sources.

So when exactly will the movie happen?

According to insiders, the movie may go as early as the end of the year, if they can put it together in time. I'm told Mitchell Hurwitz is writing and directing the script, and Fox Searchlight is the studio.

But don't you dare ask the cast or crew for inside info!

As Ron Howard told our own Ryan Seacrest at the Oscars on Sunday: "It's looking very much like we're going to make [the movie], but we've now been asked to stop offering any details. It's cloaked in a little mystery, but it's looking good."

Um, I'll say!

Anyone else thrilled to see that all the Bluths headed for the big screen? I hear David Cross is so excited he just blue himself.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: MacGuffin on October 04, 2009, 11:48:52 PM
'Arrested Development' script in works
Mitchell Hurwitz, James Vallely penning film adaptation
Source: Hollywood Reporter
 
Narrator: Now the story of a wealthy family who lost everything ... and just may get some of it back.

"Arrested Development" creator Mitchell Hurwitz and his co-executive producer James Vallely are working on a screenplay for the long-debated feature version of their short-lived Fox series. Even as they prep a new Fox comedy series with "Arrested" star Will Arnett, the writers are spinning more bizarre encounters for the eccentric, spoiled Bluth clan for possible feature production in the spring.

Imagine, which produced the TV show, and Fox Searchlight are producing the film.

Hurwitz had said that he wouldn't start writing a film unless all the main actors, including Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, David Cross, Arnett, Alia Shawkat, Portia de Rossi and Jeffrey Tambor, were committed. Earlier in the year, speculation circulated about which wanted to return as the show's hyper-invested fans pushed from the sidelines and the actors themselves spurred excitement.

Hurwitz and Vallely are now forging ahead. Scheduling might be difficult, however, as several -- Bateman, Cera and Arnett -- have seen their careers bloom in TV and film since the series debuted in 2003.

Director Ron Howard, who executive produced the series and provided the voice of the narrator, played himself in the final episode hearing a pitch of the Bluth story and suggesting it for a movie. Hurwitz, however, will direct the feature.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: MacGuffin on February 19, 2010, 09:40:48 PM
'Arrested Development' reunion stirring
Single-camera project expected to get a pilot order
Source: Hollywood Reporter
 
The "Arrested Development" reunion at Fox is inching closer to primetime reality.

No deals are finalized, but a single-camera project from Emmy-winning series' creator/executive producer Mitch Hurwitz, co-star Will Arnett and co-executive producer Jim Vallely is expected to receive a pilot order from the network pending a switcheroo on the studio side.

Sony TV, which originally developed the show with studio-based Tantamount and Principato/Young, pulled out, with Lionsgate TV stepping in to back the high-priced comedy.

The untitled half-hour, originally picked up by Fox in August with a script commitment, was written by Hurwitz, Arnett and Vallely. It stars Arnett as a rich Beverly Hills jackass who falls in love with a charitable tree-hugging woman who can't stand his lifestyle or values.

The project stems from the development pact that Arnett inked with Fox in October.

Hurwitz is executive producing with his producing partners at Tantamount, Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum; Vallely; and Peter Principato and Paul Young. Arnett also serves as a producer.

Lionsgate TV has been a mainly cable player with such series as "Mad Men" and "Weeds" but has a relationship at Fox.

The two pilots they most recently did on the broadcast side were both at Fox: "Me & Lee?" and "Sincerely, Ted Nancy."

Arnett recently lent his voice to "Sit Down, Shut Up," Hurwitz's animated comedy for Fox and Sony TV on which Vallely served as a co-exec producer.

Hurwitz and Vallely won two 2005 Emmys for penning the "Righteous Brothers" episode of "Arrested Development." Last season, the two wrote the CBS/Sony pilot "Happiness Isn't Everything," which starred Jason Biggs.

Arnett earned Emmy noms for his role as part-time magician Gob Bluth on "Arrested Development" and for his recurring role on NBC's "30 Rock." He will next be seen in "Jonah Hex."
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: 72teeth on July 13, 2011, 03:11:43 AM
Arrested Development Movie news straight from the Gobs mouth...

...they talk about it 'round 1hr 12mins (http://www.wtfpod.com/podcast/episodes/episode_191_-_will_arnett_keith_robinson_marina_franklin_judy_gold_jon_benj)

this whole episode is great really :)

Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on July 13, 2011, 10:51:04 AM
Can you summarize what the news is?
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Pedro on July 15, 2011, 02:45:17 AM
There is going to be a movie.  Mitch Hurwitz is in the process of writing it in an "unexpected" format and it should be "satisfying" for the fans. 
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Tictacbk on October 02, 2011, 06:04:04 PM
From TMZ: http://www.tmz.com/2011/10/02/arrested-development-television-show-one-more-season-mitch-hurwitz-ron-howard/ (http://www.tmz.com/2011/10/02/arrested-development-television-show-one-more-season-mitch-hurwitz-ron-howard/)

Arrested Development Coming Back For One More Season

"Arrested Development" creator Mitch Hurwitz announced today that the show will be coming back to television -- five years after it was cancelled.

Hurwitz said the show will do a "limited" season which will show us what the characters have been up to since the show last aired ... which will then lead right into the planned movie.

There is no official deal in place yet for where or when the show will air.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Pwaybloe on October 03, 2011, 07:10:26 AM
In the past, I would have automatically dismissed any news from TMZ.  But, they have broken a lot of accurate stories recently.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Pubrick on October 06, 2011, 02:41:54 AM
But, they have broken a lot of accurate stories recently.

and you have broken that sentence unnecessarily.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: picolas on October 06, 2011, 12:34:41 PM
thank you
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: 72teeth on October 06, 2011, 02:17:30 PM
YESSSSS!!!!!! How did i not see this coming!? Of course 1 more season, genius!!!!

Can't. Fucking. Wait!
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: JG on October 06, 2011, 07:10:02 PM
I doubt it, but I DID see George Michael and Maeby walking down Broadway last night. He don't look like George Michael no more.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: tpfkabi on October 06, 2011, 09:53:07 PM
Funny that I've seen the Ann actress in a TV series and maybe other things, but I don't remember seeing Maeby in anything.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: squints on October 06, 2011, 10:22:56 PM
Funny that I've seen the Ann actress in a TV series and maybe other things, but I don't remember seeing Maeby in anything.

she plays a prostitute in Cedar Rapids
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Sleepless on October 07, 2011, 10:42:43 AM
And she was in that Someone Got A Room movie. Or at least she was in the trailer.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Pedro on November 20, 2011, 04:58:34 PM
The new season will be available exclusively through Netflix. 

http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/11/18/arrested-development-netflix/
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on November 20, 2011, 07:36:02 PM
Netflix took the title of the show too literally and thought it was a perfect match for them.

Yes my jokes are bad.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Sleepless on November 21, 2011, 11:02:52 AM
Cool  :yabbse-grin:

And the ETA is the first half of 2013 for those can't be bothering to read the article. Plenty of time for Netflix to bolster up their streaming side to rival DVD.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Sleepless on September 05, 2012, 10:46:28 AM
From Empire (http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=35072):

For a long time, the idea that Arrested Development might actually, really, truly return was nothing but a pipedream shared by fans across the globe. But now it is actually, really, truly returning, all we have to do is wait. Patiently. Is it here yet? No? How about now?... And even as the new episodes are being made, creator / executive producer Mitch Hurwitz has at last decided to share a bit more about what we can expect. (http://www.vulture.com/2012/09/mitch-hurwitz-on-reviving-arrested-development.html)

In an email exchange with the gang at Vulture, Hurwitz covered several subjects (including the fact that the screening order – one at a time, or all at once – has yet to be decided) and hinted at what we can expect from the new instalments. All without giving away spoilers. He’s a crafty one, that Mr H.

“The episodes are an outgrowth of the design of what we hope will be the movie. They precede it. They function as an act one of a movie that we all want to do, but haven't ‘sold’ yet. The episodes take the audience through the experiences of the characters since the family 'fell apart' and how they're brought together to deal with their new problems. I would give you a hint as to what those problems are, but, really, why rob the fans of being disappointed when they see it on Netflix.” According to him, each episode will focus on one character, but of course the Bluths will feature in each other’s shows.

And as to whether we really will see more than the initial 10 (as hinted at by David “Tobias Funke” Cross recently (http://www.empireonline.com/News/story.asp?nid=34956)), it would appear that that’s still under discussion. “Our initial order is for ten, but the beauty of Netflix is that we theoretically have an opportunity to provide more material for them. We're definitely shooting some special material just for them. But their whole outlook completely mirrors the ambitions of this show.”

He also talked about the first day a majority of the cast showed up to shoot, which was an emotional event. “I will admit that the day a bigger group of the cast did get together really was amazing. We were in an old set and hearing some of those voices together. I think everyone involved was kind of dumbstruck by it. It really wasn't supposed to happen in a way; shows don't come back.’ And this was the moment we realized it had.”

Finally, we can expect Ron Howard to return not only as narrator, but also in front of the camera. “"He's reprising his role as Ron Howard," Hurwitz says. "We own the rights to Ron Howard completely. I've got $20,000 coming in from a Ron Howard pinball machine."

The Bluths will be back next year, assuming you can wait that long.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Sleepless on January 10, 2013, 11:22:44 AM
Confirmed: 14 new episodes will arrive on Netflix in May (no exact date, but rumor is May 4)

The Guardian: Arrested Development returns in May ahead of planned film (http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/tvandradioblog/2013/jan/10/arrested-development-returns-may-planned-film)
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Sleepless on January 11, 2013, 02:26:26 PM
Mitch Hurwitz's guide to getting a sitcom cancelled:

Have a confusing title
Come up with an unwieldy title that perhaps comes from the realm of psychology, so that the title of your show is almost instantly forgettable. For example, if you were to call the show "Welcome Matt", an audience could immediately understand the concept: this must be a character named Matt and he must either be a welcoming person or stepped on. If you call a show "Arrested Development" it's confusing and sufficiently disorientating to guarantee that a wide audience never discovers the fruits of your labour.

Audiences love fast cars and exciting vehicles
So see if you can put in some heavy machinery like a stair-car, that isn't easily associated with speed or sex appeal.

Try to do too much for a 20-minute programme
If in your particular medium an audience is used to a simple plotline or maybe one or two stories, see if you can get eight in there, and find a way that they somehow intertwine. Also, it's important that you have a lot of anxiety when they don't intertwine, sufficient to deprive yourself of sleep so that you are miserable during the production of the show – but then upon completion of the show, you're guaranteed to be miserable, because nobody will watch it.

Add a sprinkle of incest
They'll never admit it, but viewers love sex. In fact, they love any sort of titillation, with the exception of incest. So focus on that.

First impressions are everything
So if you can screw that up, you're made. With Arrested Development, we tried showing the deep disdain that connects a family. We wanted to hold up a mirror to American society. And, just as predicted, America looked away.

Don't be afraid to give characters the same names
Audiences tend to run from confusion. So a show, for instance, where one character is named George Michael, one character is named Michael, one character is named George and one character is named George Oscar (and perhaps another character is named Oscar), will be the kind of show you can almost guarantee people won't develop a fondness for.

Make easy jokes about minority groups
Whether they be Mexicans, Jews or homosexuals, any group can be dismissed with a few stereotypical cracks. At least, that's what we tried to do. And given their "lack of coming to the party", it seems we succeeded!

Squander iconic guest stars
As an example, Liza Minnelli has famously appealed to the homosexual audience. Note: it's very important to alienate the homosexual audience first, or they might "come to the party".

Don't bother with a laughter track
Audiences don't always know "when to laugh". By omitting a laugh track you can almost guarantee they'll never find out.
Audiences like nicely dressed characters.

They also enjoy nudity
Split the difference by putting your character in a pair of cut-offs and call him a Never-Nude. Advanced: feel free to dip him in a vat of blue paint. That's a real turn-off.

Make a show for British sensibilities
And then show it in America.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Sleepless on April 04, 2013, 10:49:28 AM
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Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Lottery on April 04, 2013, 03:44:04 PM
This is actually the best show in the world. If the new season isn't available immediately in Australia, people will die.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Sleepless on April 04, 2013, 04:19:38 PM
If you have Netflix streaming there, then yes, it will be available.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Lottery on April 04, 2013, 10:04:21 PM
A  bunch of sites say that we might get it a bit later which is worrying/enraging me.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Lottery on May 13, 2013, 01:04:21 AM
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Pubrick on May 13, 2013, 05:55:09 AM
This is actually the best show in the world.

not even close.

but people will be talking as if it is even when the 4th season is as lackluster and overly self referential as the third season was.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Lottery on May 13, 2013, 06:47:00 AM
Fight me. The third season was a slight dip in quality (for a number of reasons) but it was still pretty damn entertaining. I'm not entirely sure if I love the way they filmed this new season but my eyes should adjust after the first episode or so.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: pete on May 16, 2013, 03:05:46 PM
I really liked the third season; it was how I started watching the show. the charlize theron story was nice, the mole man episode was very quintessential arrested development, as was the one where they went to Iraq.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Brando on May 27, 2013, 12:15:18 PM
Season 4 Spoilers

I've only watched the first three episodes and I hate the format they're using. You have this incredible cast of characters that play off one another so well and you decide to scratch all of that to go with this individual character episodes. The great rhythm of the show is already off due to the longer episodes and not having to write within the tv's time frame. Now scenes run too long and shows are overwritten cause you're only dealing with one character. It is beyond me why you would take an ensemble show and turn it into single character show.

Also, they're is a huge amount of exposition. The first three episodes didn't feel like new episodes. It felt like they took the 5 to 10 minutes of exposition they should have made up the beginning of the first episode and turned it into the first three episodes. The Wire and Homeland doesn't have this much exposition for their plots and characters.

Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on May 27, 2013, 01:30:40 PM
Spoils?

Agreed, Brando. I would only echo your sentiments, so I'd like to add Three Points of Distraction/Detraction:

1) "Showstealer Pro" watermark in the flashbacks. I'm assuming this is a jab at Fox, but it's distracting to the point that my focus is solely on the watermark, and it cannot be unseen.
2) The surprising use of greenscreen. Did anyone else notice that some of the actors were not present on the set? I've also only watched the first three eps, but it's present in all three; most noticeably in ep2 with Winkler. Why are they doing it, and such a poor job of it at that? Again, I can only see the false shadows.
3) Portia diRossi's new face.

The wife and I have rewatched the original seasons leading up this, and the new eps have none of the genius.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Brando on May 27, 2013, 01:53:10 PM

3) Portia diRossi's new face.


When Lindsey's episode began with that flash forward I thought it was a joke. I thought it was part of a Scandlemakers with a fake Lindsey in a bad wig but it was an unrecognizable Portia in a bad wig. 
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: samsong on May 27, 2013, 04:06:53 PM
did the whole season in one sitting.  it is a bit rocky to start but i ended up enjoying it.  that said, arrested development was always just a funny show to me.  the new season picks up where it left off and pushes things a little further with the absurdity and vulgarities, though why they're still bleeping curse words is beyond me.  some unwelcome stunt casting and it isn't as sharp as the first two seasons were, but i laughed.  it entertained me.  so i enjoyed it.  looking forward to watching it again.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: abuck1220 on May 28, 2013, 11:10:00 AM
2) The surprising use of greenscreen. Did anyone else notice that some of the actors were not present on the set? I've also only watched the first three eps, but it's present in all three; most noticeably in ep2 with Winkler. Why are they doing it, and such a poor job of it at that?

because they couldn't get all the actors together at the same time.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Brando on May 28, 2013, 07:13:14 PM
I finished all fifteen episodes. I'm sure the Arrested Development die hards will love the season and will praise Mitchell Hurwitz genius for creating a new format to view shows streaming. While I loved the first three seasons, I didn't like season 4.

I think a lot of the genius for Arrested Development seasons 1-3 is owed to Fox for putting a leash on the mother fucker cause Hurwitz cannot self-edit. Did they cut anything from the writers room? It comes across as every single idea made it to the screen.

While it feels like they didn't cut a damn thing from the writers room, the season feels incomplete. There are so many loose ends. It feels like this season was only a set up for the next season or a movie.

I think there is a good to great season of Arrested Development there in the bloated mess of season 4. It's need to be whittled down to 8 episodes or maybe even less. Get rid of the stupid format and go back to the greatest strength of the show which is it's ensemble cast. Micheal was always the heart of the show. He was the one selfless character while being around the most selfish individuals we have have ever seen on tv. While it's fine for him to go to the darkside for a little bit you don't want the heart of your show being a Dick the entire season. He was even a dick to George Michael.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: AntiDumbFrogQuestion on May 29, 2013, 01:27:36 AM
I liked it plenty. The idea of keeping the cast separate for huge chunks was rather difficult, but mostly the writing and the way things tied together was the most engaging part of this macro-format experiment. Nothing was tied up completely, true, and plenty of small connections are still left to the audience to make despite the expository weight of Ron Howard. Gags were set up only to be revealed many episodes down the line, which I see as rewarding to an audience and respectful on behalf of the creators.

The only thing I really had issue with was the way in which one or two episodes were handled. Some were filmed WAY too nicely and not in the fun, almost junky A.D. way. It's as if a certain director wanted to exalt the memory of how people feel about the show, as opposed to letting the show be itself (see: 2nd Tobias Episode, dinner scenes with Michael, Rebel, Howard and Lindsey). Hell, even though the green screen was obvious, was this show ever really a technical feat?

While not entirely disappointed in the season, I think it would definitely be weakened if there was no follow up, like this movie idea or a 5th season. Or at least a version of the show where, y'know, the ENTIRE CAST was able to act together in more than just two scenes.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: diggler on May 29, 2013, 09:59:29 AM
On second watch I liked it a lot better, there are a lot of subtle things that pay off on rewatch, like all AD seasons. I appreciate them trying something new. If it was exactly like the show was, people would complain about it being too same-y, I think this approach will hold up better over time. Andy Richter was my favorite cameo, and George Sr.'s crack about Portia's plastic surgery was a funny meta moment. If I had to pick a favorite story it'd be Gob's, great use of "Sounds of Silence" and the "and Jeremy Piven" gag was brilliant.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: 03 on May 29, 2013, 10:31:52 AM
three episodes in and this show is now bad. anyone trying to redeem it is being overly optimistic and doesnt realize this is a completely different show now.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Sleepless on May 29, 2013, 05:24:19 PM
I finished all fifteen episodes. I'm sure the Arrested Development die hards will love the season and will praise Mitchell Hurwitz genius for creating a new format to view shows streaming.

Has anyone actually tied this new way to watch shows streaming. I remember in the lead up, there was a lot of stuff about how you could jump from the midst of one episode to another, which would alleviate the dullness of following a single character for 30+ minutes. So far I've watched the first three episodes via my Apple TV and I've not tried this. Suggestions would be most welcome.

Three shows in and I'm glad there's a lot of negative feedback out there. I was worried it was going to be a case of the emperor's got no clothes. All I can do at this point is echo what everyone else has already said: it's a different show, Michael is a prick, it doesn't work, Portia de Rossi's new face.

Going to take another dip tonight. At least there's eps of Weeds and Breaking Bad to catch up on so renewing Netflix for the month wasn't a total waste.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Brando on May 29, 2013, 05:51:45 PM
I finished all fifteen episodes. I'm sure the Arrested Development die hards will love the season and will praise Mitchell Hurwitz genius for creating a new format to view shows streaming.

Has anyone actually tied this new way to watch shows streaming. I remember in the lead up, there was a lot of stuff about how you could jump from the midst of one episode to another, which would alleviate the dullness of following a single character for 30+ minutes. So far I've watched the first three episodes via my Apple TV and I've not tried this. Suggestions would be most welcome.

I'm not really sure how they intended viewers to watch the show. I thought the new format was due to all the episode being released at once and created for binge viewing. I can't imagine they meant for you to watch partial episodes then skip around cause all that is doing is making the viewer the editor.

After I kept watching, I think Portia de Rossi is significantly skinner now and is why she looks so different. It does make for great moments when George Sr comments on Lindsay's constant plastic surgery and her boyfriend that can't recognize her.

I don't know if I read this in a review or in the comments of a review but it was mentioned the season feels like one episode. That describes it perfectly. It's one episode of Arrested Development in fifteen parts.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Lottery on May 29, 2013, 07:52:47 PM
Up to 5 and it seemed to be really picking up around episode 4. Looking forward to the following episodes.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Cory Everett on May 30, 2013, 06:24:30 AM
While it feels like they didn't cut a damn thing from the writers room, the season feels incomplete. There are so many loose ends. It feels like this season was only a set up for the next season or a movie.

I haven't watched this yet but everything Hurwitz and co. have made clear in every interview indicates this "season" (which they don't consider a season) is only Act 1 of the movie/further season etc. So it feeling like all setup is be design. If that's still unsatisfying, that maebe a problem in the design.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Sleepless on May 30, 2013, 09:18:33 AM
Only watched ep 4 last night. Best one so far by a looooong shot. But still not great by comparison with earlier seasons. The fact that the episodes are so long is a big problem. They're just not tight at all. The scene where Michael and Ron Howard are talking in the spaceship (and the one with Carl Weathers) felt like they were largely ad-libbed and rather than editing them down to the best bits, they just let them play out in real time. It kills the pace, and these new eps are exhausting to watch as a result.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Brando on May 30, 2013, 11:47:40 AM
While it feels like they didn't cut a damn thing from the writers room, the season feels incomplete. There are so many loose ends. It feels like this season was only a set up for the next season or a movie.

I haven't watched this yet but everything Hurwitz and co. have made clear in every interview indicates this "season" (which they don't consider a season) is only Act 1 of the movie/further season etc. So it feeling like all setup is be design. If that's still unsatisfying, that maebe a problem in the design.

That's exactly what it is. It's like going to a movie watching the prologue and then leaving when the first act ends.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: 03 on June 05, 2013, 03:36:31 PM
ok i continued watching. its really not as bad as everyone has been saying, including myself.
the single character episodes are pretty clunky at first, but it really does pay off, in case anyone is as reluctant as i was.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Drenk on June 05, 2013, 03:44:39 PM
I loved it. As simple as that. Loved it.

Quote
Season four’s masterstroke – the element that welds the show’s extreme self-consciousness and (yes!) cornball sincerity — is its decision to build our fears and anxieties about a resurrected Arrested Development right into the master narrative. Rather than pretend it could just pick up where it left off and dust off the characters like so many precious figurines, season four takes time and distance into account. It’s all about elapsed time and lost opportunities, and how families grow apart geographically and emotionally, and make peace with their personal limitations (and their families’), or continue to live in denial, or force some kind of confrontation, or stumble into one, and end up taking baby-duckling steps toward enlightenment. That’s why so many people have described it as sad, or dark, or depressing: It has a heart, but you can see how bruised it is.

http://www.vulture.com/2013/05/tv-review-seitz-on-arrested-development.html
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on June 17, 2013, 11:42:37 AM
Just finished the season last night. I watched it over a period of a week or so. It kind of works beautifully as a whole... as if the Bluth family's densely chaotic unraveling broke the fourth wall and manifested itself in the season's structure.

There is definitely some weak stuff. Both of Lindsay's episodes, a surprising amount of Michael's content, and more. (Though I enjoyed George Sr.'s episodes more than most people, apparently.) I'll re-evaluate when I rewatch in a little while.

"Colony Collapse" (Gob #1) is transcendently good. It could be my favorite episode of the whole series. (MILD SPOILERS) Gob's stammer-screaming breakdown and his "Sound of Silence" moments completely floored me.

Tobias #1 was also great, and the season finished really strong. I loved the last four episodes.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Sleepless on June 25, 2013, 02:30:39 PM
Spoils I guess...

Really disappointing. The hype leading up to this was all about how Netflix allowed people to enjoy marathon viewings of shows and that Arrested Development episodes in particular were often enjoyed back-to-back. I can't disagree with that, but it's telling that even watching three episodes of this new season was a chore. I found this really laborious to get through. Also telling was the fact that the episodes of characters who only got one (tight) episode dedicated to them were far, far superior to any of the others. For me, the Maeby episode was the only decent episode of the season, but I might be overly generous. It moved along at a pace and while it included bits of stories we'd already glimpsed, it didn't linger too long on them. There was enough new stuff there to keep it interesting. Generally, though, this was all pretty terrible.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on June 25, 2013, 02:54:22 PM
Was it "laborious" in that you were bored, or overstimulated, or something else?

The density completely worked for me, even when it was punishing. I like that sort of thing. The only parts I found laborious were the less dense passages that had slower pacing and lazier jokes. I think most of that was Lindsay or Michael content.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: polkablues on June 25, 2013, 03:39:33 PM
Overall, I've come to the conclusion that it's an ambitious, sloppy, utterly unique, and ultimately successful season of television. Above all else, I'm relieved they actually tried something new and novel; it so easily could have devolved into a greatest hits collection without bringing anything to the table. The one-character-per-episode conceit (which I believe was the solution to production/scheduling issues more than a creative choice) highlighted how much better the show works as an ensemble, but it did have its moments of transcendence. "Colony Collapse" is one of the best episodes in the show's history, and the first Tobias episode is right up there.

I do wish they had put some pacing limitations on themselves within each episode, though. I'm sure the freedom to hit whatever runtime they ended up at was liberating, but it came at the cost of leaving in jokes that could have been cut, letting scenes play long that should have been shorter, and taking a show that always felt like it was over before you knew it and making it drag. Have they learned nothing from the past ten years of Judd Apatow movies?

But yeah, all in all, landmark television. To anyone struggling to get through the first few episodes, press on, then rewatch the whole season when you're done. It was a risky move structuring the season so that so much literally does not make sense the first time through, but it makes that rewatch so unbelievably rewarding.

Side note regarding people's complaints about the characterization of Michael: Michael Bluth was never the honorable, straight-shooting, stable guy you all seem to think he was in the original series. That's how he was introduced in the pilot, and that's what the character had always imagined himself to be, but the show never failed to undercut at every turn that image he had of himself. He's a Bluth to the core, with all the selfishness, pettiness, and lack of self-awareness that that entails. Because this season starts out with him having hit his lowest point, it was free to let that all hang out. The Michael you see in season four isn't a different person than seasons one through three, it's the character he always was, stripped of his delusions. And it's fucking hilarious.

Yes, the Lindsay episodes were weak, though.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on June 25, 2013, 06:05:48 PM
^ I think I agree with all of that.

The Michael question is interesting. It's funny how Mitch Hurwitz keeps saying that George Michael (and NOT Michael) has always been the heart of the show, because it's true (but now even his inner Bluth is blossoming). I didn't have a problem with Michael's Bluthness... but I think the sadness must have deflated some of the humor for me. That, and most of the Rebel Alley material didn't pay off until later. You know, it would be interesting to track Michael's trajectory and all the various subtle ways his Bluthness comes out. Ugh, I really need to rewatch the entire series...
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Brando on June 26, 2013, 05:57:41 PM
The Michael question is interesting. It's funny how Mitch Hurwitz keeps saying that George Michael (and NOT Michael) has always been the heart of the show, because it's true (but now even his inner Bluth is blossoming).

In previous seasons, Michael has shown his "Bluthness" in episodes. He tried to steal his brother's girlfriend. He tried to break up George Michael and Ann but by the end of the episode he'd come around and do the right thing. Because Michael never has that moment where he comes back to the good guy he really is, along with other open plot points, leaves the season feeling as a first act to a larger story or only a set up for a movie.

Was it "laborious" in that you were bored, or overstimulated, or something else?

I as well found it laborious at times. I really like George Michael but remember his episode being laborious to get through. It felt as if I was just waiting around for jokes to pay off cause I already knew where the plot was going. I knew George Michael and Rebel were going to hide out in that photobooth. I knew the reason George Michael fired Maybe was cause his whole thing was a sham. I already knew where the limited plot was heading so the only thing that needed to be filled in were the jokes. There were plot points I thought needed to be filled in but only ended up being jokes. 



Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Sleepless on June 27, 2013, 09:00:21 AM
Was it "laborious" in that you were bored, or overstimulated, or something else?

I was bored. It was a real struggle to remain interested.

I do wish they had put some pacing limitations on themselves within each episode, though. I'm sure the freedom to hit whatever runtime they ended up at was liberating, but it came at the cost of leaving in jokes that could have been cut, letting scenes play long that should have been shorter, and taking a show that always felt like it was over before you knew it and making it drag. Have they learned nothing from the past ten years of Judd Apatow movies?

I agree with this ^
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: diggler on June 27, 2013, 11:15:02 AM
Polka is spot on, this felt like the Lord of the Rings Extended Editions. Sure it's nice to spend more time in this world, but it's at the expense of the story. I don't think it was laborious to sit through though. I'm still happy it exists, especially for John Slattery's character.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: pete on June 27, 2013, 04:10:54 PM
I think the mechanics of the show changed. a lot of the joy of the show wasn't the metaness or the layers - a lot of it was because it was so loyal to the screwball tradition, in which a lovable but flawed guy has to fix all the problems and in the process, creates problems that usually come in the form of mistaken identities, misheard things, double meanings, misunderstandings, and lies that began other lies - but paced at a breakneck speed. each episode kicks off right away and you're quickly riding along this really sophisticated and well-constructed farce.

but the new one seemed like a 13-hour version of a Community gimmick episode. it's still good, it's still sophisticated, but the point of a lot of it seems to be about breaking away from whatever you thought Arrested Development was. The episodes that people like and remember are episodes where the characters had some grandiose goal that they have to achieve, a la the first three seasons' Michael. Catching up with the characters by simply showing a sequential summary of what the characters are going through is tedious and not rewarding. It feels like in achieving for all the things that are fun to write about on paper, the spirit of the show has gone missing.
Title: Re: Arrested Development
Post by: Lottery on May 07, 2018, 11:11:00 AM
Did anyone catch the remix of S4 yet?