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The Mongoose
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« on: 03-26-2006 15:41 »
« Last Edit on: 03-29-2006 00:00 »

Cookie
Jeremy

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« Reply #1 on: 03-26-2006 19:31 »

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Beamer

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« Reply #2 on: 03-26-2006 21:57 »

Man, I don't think I can stand to look at this title for the rest of the year... no "douche chill?" And who the hell are you, anyway? Worst. Title. Ever.
newhook_1

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« Reply #3 on: 03-26-2006 23:08 »
« Last Edit on: 03-26-2006 23:08 »

Well bad titles aside, are there any new rumors?
Eyedol7513

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« Reply #4 on: 03-26-2006 23:50 »

Well, at least this has the show's title in the subject line, unlike that certain other thread...
bankrupt

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« Reply #5 on: 03-27-2006 00:11 »

Yes, about those rumors.  Since I literally just started watching Arested Development 2 weeks ago, I have no idea what's going on with the renewal attempts, etc.  I don't feel like combing through 20 pages of the last thread, so someone bring my lazy ass up to speed, please.
Pitt Clemens

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« Reply #6 on: 03-27-2006 03:19 »

So I take it "Stop watching arrested development" is a no-go at this point.

Crap.
The Mongoose
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« Reply #7 on: 03-27-2006 03:27 »

I tried my best and failed miserably.

Go ahead, make "Stop watching arrested development", and this one will get locked. Why should I care  smile

This is now the official spam topic.
Pitt Clemens

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« Reply #8 on: 03-27-2006 03:42 »

Never.  The thread lives!
newhook_1

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« Reply #9 on: 03-27-2006 16:36 »

 
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Originally posted by bankrupt:
Yes, about those rumors.  Since I literally just started watching Arested Development 2 weeks ago, I have no idea what's going on with the renewal attempts, etc.  I don't feel like combing through 20 pages of the last thread, so someone bring my lazy ass up to speed, please.

The current rumor suggests that series creator Mitch Hurwitz(sp?) is a little burned out, and Showtime will only pick up the show if he's on board. Mitch hasn't decided yet.

Beamer

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« Reply #10 on: 03-27-2006 23:54 »

From Kristin from E!'s online column-thingy today:

 
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From brillow: Any Arrested Development news?
Kristin: So much of it that my head is spinning! One source tells me it's over, "officially done." And that Mitch has decided not to go forward with the show despite Showtime's offer to pick it up. Another source tells me the deal with Showtime is "99 percent of the way there." And that they're "just dotting the I's and crossing the T's." So, all I can tell you is the shiznit is supposedly going down, like, today. And if you have any good-luck charms or rituals, for the love of Bluths, use them!

... Eep.
bankrupt

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« Reply #11 on: 03-28-2006 01:39 »

 
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Originally posted by newhook_1:
 The current rumor suggests that series creator Mitch Hurwitz(sp?) is a little burned out, and Showtime will only pick up the show if he's on board. Mitch hasn't decided yet.



Dealing with fox executives probably crushed his soul.

What I've seen of the show so far is great, so I hope it continues.  If the creator is burned out, that doesn't sound too hopeful though.  You can't really believe any rumors as Futurama has taught us, so it's wait and see like everything else.
Beamer

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« Reply #12 on: 03-28-2006 02:12 »
« Last Edit on: 03-28-2006 02:12 »

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but several sources are now reporting that Arrested Development is finished... This is from Josh Horowitz at Better than Fudge:

   
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Sorry folks. Much as I’m sorry to report it…Arrested Development is not coming back after all.

I know this flies in the face of alot that’s been reported (including reports by yours truly) but this is indeed the case according to one of the leads.

Clearly something went awry as the finishing touches were being put on the Showtime deal. My educated guess is that it goes back to Mitch.

My good friend who is a close friend of one of the leads just told me:
“According to [NAME REMOVED] - Arrested is officially dunzo. No doubt about it.”

So there you have it gang. I know it contradicts my initial reports about a month ago but I have to go with what I’m hearing from the cast.

And, there's also a more official article from Tim Goodman here, complete with comments on it from Jason Bateman. It looks pretty much dead now... However, Bateman comments aside, there's still nothing 100% official (and it's not unlikely that he may have his sources incorrect - Billy West, anyone?), so I wouldn't get too down yet.

Also, apparentally Mitch Hurwitz has expressed interest in doing an Arrested Development movie (like the last line in Development Arrested suggests), so the series may not be TOTALLY buried yet... Here's hoping...    frown

EDIT: Nope, it's official. Here's a link to a Variety article, complete with dircet quotes from Mitch Hurwitz and Jim Vallely. Taste the sad.    cry
Ranadok

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« Reply #13 on: 03-28-2006 03:52 »
« Last Edit on: 03-28-2006 03:52 »

He's made a huge mistake.

Someone had to say it...
airbagfailure

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« Reply #14 on: 03-28-2006 07:41 »

oh my heart just broke......  cry
Spy

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« Reply #15 on: 03-28-2006 07:41 »
« Last Edit on: 03-28-2006 07:41 »

I don't know what to say. Just about every show I grow attached to gets cancelled. It's sad, really and I have to say I'm dissapointed in Mitchs decision. It's hard not to be.

Don't swallow your pills yet- from the article: however, said fans of the show shouldn't write an obit for "Arrested" just yet, noting 20th is the studio that revived "Family Guy."

Still I think we're done but now that I think about a movie would be great to wrap up what we ended with in Development Arrested. It'd be kinda like a Gilligans Island thing. Just like Futurama I don't think I'm ever gonna give up.
airbagfailure

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« Reply #16 on: 03-28-2006 07:47 »

spy.. i feel the same way... the shows i REALLY love always get cancelled before their time...


Come on!...
evan

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« Reply #17 on: 03-28-2006 11:10 »

You know, I'm not really that choked up about the show's offical cancellation now. Sure, I would  have enjoyed any new seasons of the show (even though I don't receive Showtime, I'd have to download the episode), but I think the three seasons of the show that have aired have been great. I understand Hurwitz's reluctance to renew the show. I can live with it.
~FazeShift~

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« Reply #18 on: 03-28-2006 13:09 »

"You're blowing my mind Frank Mitch..."

Awww.  frown
At least it had a decent run (as well as a program can have a decent run on Fox...), and I had prepared myself mentally and emotionally for this.

Taste the sad, indeed.  cry
Beamer

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« Reply #19 on: 03-28-2006 21:27 »

Honestly though, given how different this show was from anything else on television, it's amazing we even got those first 13 episodes in the first place, let alone 53. And, in all those 53 episodes, we never had a single bad one. Even the lesser episodes like Burning Love, Queen for a Day and Whistler's Mother are still better than 99% of other television, so at least we're going out on top. Honestly, Development Arrested was the best series finale we could've hoped for.
Jeremy

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« Reply #20 on: 03-28-2006 21:32 »

 frown Hold me, Faze.
~FazeShift~

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« Reply #21 on: 03-28-2006 22:04 »

Put down the ether-soaked puppet first, fool me once...  hmpf
Spy

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« Reply #22 on: 03-29-2006 05:26 »
« Last Edit on: 03-29-2006 05:26 »

Once I have all 3 seasons on the shelf I'm gonna do a Tobias laugh thinking of how great the shows run was. Between today and yesterday I've gone through different stages: first was angry at mitch for not taking the deal, next was sad that there were no more episodes, right now kinda peacefully happy on what a great run we had and that we can say 53 brilliant episodes of Arrested Development and 72 brilliant episodes of Futurama. Both shows had fantastic runs leaving us wanting more and sort of open ended.
FishyJoe

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« Reply #23 on: 03-29-2006 14:16 »

Yeah, I'm not sure how well the show would have worked on Showtime anyway. As much as I would have liked seeing more episodes, I think it's just as well that it ends.

Remember back when The Simpsons was a really good show, and every episode would have one or two "big laugh" moments? Where you go to school or work or some internet message board the next day and talk about how funny it was? And whenever a real-life situation arises that's even remotely similar, you just HAVE to quote from the show, or somehow make reference to it?

Arrested Development had like 10 of those per episode. My friends and I quote it pretty much all the time. It's amazing how in just two and a half short years, it's built up as many quotable/re-enactable/referenceable "big laugh" moments as other long-running shows like Seinfeld and The Simpsons.

And it never needed a "settling in" period, like those shows. You're not going to look back at the first six episodes and think "wow, these aren't very good compared to the later stuff! Look at the actors, they look like they don't even know what they're doing!". And it didn't have any jupm the shark moments, either. Pretty amazing. I'd love to see a movie.
~FazeShift~

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« Reply #24 on: 03-29-2006 19:19 »

Except that one time when Barry Zuckerkorn jumped over the shark...  love
FishyJoe

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« Reply #25 on: 03-29-2006 21:03 »

*rereads post, looking for a loophole*

Aha! I clearly said "jupm the shark"... "Jupm", not "jump". My point still stands.
bankrupt

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« Reply #26 on: 03-30-2006 00:34 »

I'm just about finished viewing season 2.  That means there is one more season of "new" episodes for me to watch.  I must say that the humor got turned up even more than it already was when Buster got his hand bit off by the seal with a taste for mammal blood.  "I'm a monster!!!"
futurefreak

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« Reply #27 on: 03-30-2006 03:10 »

z0mg just saw alia and george michael on veronica mars!!! and they didn't just appear like 5 seconds like normal cameos, they were a main part of the whole episode! how bizarre is that?!?! her head was shaved  frown george michael was showing the high school kids a tour of some college he was at hehe. it was so awesome. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!  big grin  big grin  big grin
Beamer

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« Reply #28 on: 03-30-2006 09:15 »

"Alia and George Michael?" One character name and one actor name? Were you trying to do a Kitty from The Righteous Brothers, or was that unintentional? Either way, good work.

Excellent point, FishyJoe. Most good comedies take a few years to get to a high level of comedic genius. Arrested Development hit that in its second episode. Maybe the show was designed to be short-lived? Someone on The O.P. pointed out that each of Arrested Development's seasons went through the same phase of evolution that most other sitcoms go through over a period of years:
 
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Season 1/Early Years: Somewhat slower pace, emphasis on establishing why we care about the characters, more sentimental, many classic moments and firsts

Season 2 (my favorite)/Peak Years: Characters and running jokes have been established, allowing for more comedic shorthand, faster pace, and outrageous situations, many "quintessential" episodes

Season 3/Late Years: A Post-Modern Phase, self-reference abounds, characters' darker sides explored, controversy over whether the show has jumped the shark or continues to reach new heights, peripatetic finale
And personally, I couldn't agree more (although I prefer Season 3 over Season 2, purely because that, even though it had less episodes, the amount of genius they still managed to cram in was just incredible). Arrested Development was so fast-paced, the writing was packed in air-tight and there was NEVER anything on the show that was just done for filler. I'd much rather have a short-lived show that was brilliant the entire way through, than a show that was once brilliant, but went on well past its prime... You all know what shows I'm referring to.
airbagfailure

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« Reply #29 on: 03-30-2006 09:32 »

"a flower in my garden...
a mystery in my panties..."

i'm gonna miss it..along with the headshots and the decorative soaps.......  frown
Spy

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« Reply #30 on: 04-01-2006 02:23 »

"It was a little contrived".
Jeremy

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« Reply #31 on: 04-05-2006 23:07 »

 
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z0mg just saw alia and george michael on veronica mars!!! and they didn't just appear like 5 seconds like normal cameos, they were a main part of the whole episode! how bizarre is that?!?! her head was shaved   frown george michael was showing the high school kids a tour of some college he was at hehe. it was so awesome. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!   big grin   big grin   big grin

Saw this last night. They seemed so....out of place. They don't really fit in on a typical teen drama type show. Damn you, Mitch.
~FazeShift~

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« Reply #32 on: 04-06-2006 14:20 »

z0mg Will Arnett is in Ice Age 2!

Heh, you can recognize his voice even when he's a CGI Vulture.
Roy Bluth

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« Reply #33 on: 04-06-2006 15:02 »
« Last Edit on: 04-06-2006 15:02 »

 
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Originally posted by Pitt Clemens:
So I take it "Stop watching arrested development" is a no-go at this point.

Crap.

You just blew me.

 
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Originally posted by Jeremy:
Mitch would be a prick if he says no. Someone finally wants you and you're considering not doing it?
I'd hate him forever.

Me too.           cry Me too.

Beamer

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« Reply #34 on: 04-06-2006 21:37 »

 
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Originally posted by Roy Bluth:
You just blew me.

... You mean "away," right?
Spy

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« Reply #35 on: 04-07-2006 09:51 »

 
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Originally posted by ~FazeShift~:
Except that one time when Barry Zuckerkorn jumped over the shark...   love

I vagually recall that happening. Did it because it would have been hilarious if it did and in which episode?
Roy Bluth

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« Reply #36 on: 04-07-2006 12:03 »
« Last Edit on: 04-07-2006 12:03 »

Motherboy XXX........I think. Damn Teamocil!!

 
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Originally posted by Beamer:
 ... You mean "away," right?

Uh, yeah, ok.

Binder

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« Reply #37 on: 04-10-2006 16:23 »

My most quoted Tobias quote:
"No. No, did you think you were the Michael I was talking about? No, no... Interesting that your mind went there, though. Okay, uh, no."
Jeremy

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« Reply #38 on: 04-10-2006 21:02 »

Odd choice.
Beamer

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« Reply #39 on: 04-10-2006 21:31 »

I think my most-quoted Tobias line would have to be "I'm afraid I prematurely shot my wad on what was supposed to be a dry run, if you will, and now I'm afraid I have something of a mess on my hands."

Still funny.  smile
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