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Reply #210 on: December 14, 2005, 10:04:47 AM
This is joyous news, gang.
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Reply #211 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).
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Reply #212 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.
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Reply #213 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."


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Reply #214 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.
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Reply #215 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.


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Reply #216 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.
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Reply #217 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."
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Reply #218 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.


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Reply #219 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.
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Reply #220 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"
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Reply #221 on: January 04, 2006, 05:41:32 PM
did they advertise the use of 3-D before time?
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Reply #222 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.
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Reply #223 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.

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Reply #224 on: January 04, 2006, 10:25:31 PM
wasn't there a show recently that advertised 3-D and had glass in TV Guide?
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