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Re: Arrested Development
« Reply #180 on: November 19, 2005, 01:53:53 PM »
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So how does 12.99 for season 2 sound?

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Re: Arrested Development
« Reply #181 on: November 20, 2005, 11:54:36 AM »
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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.'

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Re: Arrested Development
« Reply #182 on: November 20, 2005, 12:41:35 PM »
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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.
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Re: Arrested Development
« Reply #183 on: November 20, 2005, 01:29:50 PM »
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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.
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Re: Arrested Development
« Reply #184 on: November 22, 2005, 11:40:07 PM »
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Arrested Development is doomed.....for sure....(although I do love the character)

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Re: Arrested Development
« Reply #185 on: November 23, 2005, 11:54:07 AM »
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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!


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Re: Arrested Development
« Reply #186 on: November 23, 2005, 12:55:18 PM »
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I used to watch Charles in Charge and Baby Talk, and Happy Days is a given.  I had a Baio-filled childhood.

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Re: Arrested Development
« Reply #187 on: December 06, 2005, 07:54:20 PM »
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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.

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Re: Arrested Development
« Reply #188 on: December 06, 2005, 08:01:31 PM »
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i saw it.  i also thought it was one of the better ones this season.  "i've made a huge mistake."
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Re: Arrested Development
« Reply #189 on: December 06, 2005, 08:06:10 PM »
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it was funny.
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Re: Arrested Development
« Reply #190 on: December 06, 2005, 08:29:18 PM »
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The best episode of the season so far is the one with the Church and State Fair.

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Re: Arrested Development
« Reply #191 on: December 06, 2005, 08:42:46 PM »
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i don't remember that one...?
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Re: Arrested Development
« Reply #192 on: December 06, 2005, 10:22:10 PM »
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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.
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Re: Arrested Development
« Reply #193 on: December 06, 2005, 10:38:41 PM »
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season one & two = the best thing ever
season three = the best sitcom currently on network tv
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Re: Arrested Development
« Reply #194 on: December 07, 2005, 02:42:38 PM »
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season one & two = the best thing ever
season three = the best sitcom currently on network tv

i agree

 

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