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newhook_1

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« Reply #680 on: 02-15-2006 15:06 »

Ha ha ha. Jesus Christ. This is quite possibly the best written sitcom ever.
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« Reply #681 on: 02-15-2006 15:15 »

Aha!
I knew there's be a reference! http://the-op.com/images/episode/206/000002_sm.jpg

I thought it would be in this shot though: http://the-op.com/images/episode/202/1963-frozen-banana_sm.jpg

This show is getting even awesomer and it's technically not on anymore!  love
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« Reply #682 on: 02-15-2006 15:22 »
« Last Edit on: 02-15-2006 15:22 »

 
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Originally posted by newhook_1:
Ha ha ha. Jesus Christ. This is quite possibly the best written sitcom ever.

I oughta pull your pants down and spank your ass raw.

Sorry, but the word "sitcom" is a bad word to me. After all the stupid crap they put on the air, it's like comparing it to all of that. But I do love this show too.

I've grown up so much because of this show. I now think laugh tracks are annoying, and stupid sex jokes are no longer funny to me.

I hope this show comes to Showtime. I read some news on another site, it said that Showtime promised AD a 2 season deal, where ABC only promised them a 13 episode one. The only thing stopping this is if FOX queers the deal, by charging too much. Or Mitch says enough is enough, they were pleased with the last 4 episodes, and they don't think it needs to go further.
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« Reply #683 on: 02-15-2006 23:23 »

 
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Originally posted by newhook_1:
Ha ha ha. Jesus Christ. This is quite possibly the best written sitcom ever.

Except for the fact that it's not, y'know, a sitcom.
newhook_1

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« Reply #684 on: 02-16-2006 00:17 »
« Last Edit on: 02-16-2006 00:17 »

How is it not? If you think that long running story arcs and postmodern humor makes it something other than a sitcom, I'd disagree. It's still a show about characters that are put into different situations each episode for comedic purposes. That Qualifies it as a sitcom in my eyes. Granted, it is more character driven than most sitcoms, but many of the characteristics of sitcoms are still there.

You've got your common, recurring environments (The office, the yacht, model home, penthouse, etc.) and recurring characters. Not to mention the fact that many common sitcom archtypes are present in these characters, such as the well meaning idiot manchild(Buster), the cynical older person(Lucille), the single parent with poor luck in romance(Michael), etc. They're just all twisted in that wonderful Arrested Development fashion.

In my view it is a sitcom, just not your typical one due to the sense of humor, and non self contained episodes. Besides, being a sitcom isn't necessarily a bad thing.

It's also listed under "sitcom" on Wikipedia. Now granted that Wiki isn't the most reliable source, but it shows that I'm not alone in calling AD a sitcom as someone had to list it there in the first place, and no one has cared to remove it yet.
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« Reply #685 on: 02-16-2006 00:47 »

Let's not forget that sit-com stands for "situation comedy," and that's what Arrested Development is, regardless of the quality, continuity, story arcs, character development, etc.

Anyway, I've been avoiding this thread until I saw the last four episodes (didn't want any spoilers for the season finale - the big twist at the end of Season 2 was ruined for me last time), and man, am I glad I did so. SO many secrets coming out left, right and center, and just when you thought they'd revealed everything in Exit Strategy, they twist it again in Development Arrested.

Seriously, these episodes were fucking brilliant, and the last one has got to be the most well-written thing ever created by mankind. Not just in television, either - but throughout every film, novel and story ever concieved. Honestly, I was blown away by how much they could cram into those last two episodes (Fakin' It and Family Ties were also good, too - LOVED Gob and Franklin in those episodes), with so many revelations, ties to previous episodes, references, storylines, wrap-ups... and they still found room to make it utterly hilarious at the same time, too. WOW. As depressed as I am that my favourite show may be ending - if this is how they ended it, then they went out in the best possible way.  smile

A++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Two things I noticed were wrong - Michael's birth certificate says he was born in 1967, yet Gob, who is meant to be older, is supposely 35. Then again, it also said he was female, so that might just be a mistake, but either way, you'd think he'd have noticed all that rather than homing in on the typo. Also, in Fakin' It, the Narrator says that it had been 2 months since George Michael & Maeby kissed in Righteous Brothers, yet 2 months pass already between that and The Cabin Show, not to mention that 302 and 303 both take place a week after the previous episode, and several weeks passed between 309 and 310. Bad Narrator, bad!  tongue
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« Reply #686 on: 02-16-2006 11:40 »
« Last Edit on: 02-16-2006 11:40 »

I think the episodes take place a weekm apart, not just in real life, but in show time. That's why GM said, "53 weeks" when asked when he started having feelings for Maeby.

As for the date thing, who knows?

 
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Originally posted by newhook_1:
How is it not? If you think that long running story arcs and postmodern humor makes it something other than a sitcom, I'd disagree.

Ok, but can we agree that it's the best damn sitcom any of us have ever seen?

"Somewhere over the rainbow....there's another rainbow."
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« Reply #687 on: 02-16-2006 16:08 »

But if it takes place a week apart that would only mean all three seasons have been a week. But every year they explain its a new year basicly. Like in The One Where Micheal Leaves.

Micheal: We spent a whole year living with those people.
Roy Bluth

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« Reply #688 on: 02-16-2006 17:00 »

I mean that there was the pilot, and then the space betwen that and Top Banana was one week. Then Bringing Up Buster was another week.

22 weeks is basically a year, right?
newhook_1

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« Reply #689 on: 02-16-2006 17:44 »

Remember, they had Spring Break episodes in both seasons 1 and 2.

 
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Originally posted by Roy Bluth:
 Ok, but can we agree that it's the best damn sitcom any of us have ever seen?

Sure we can! I wouldn't have pressed the point if it weren't the spanking my ass remark.  tongue

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« Reply #690 on: 02-16-2006 18:43 »
« Last Edit on: 02-16-2006 18:43 »

LOL, ok, I went a little bit over board.

I guess your right about the timeline. After all, holidays only come once a year.
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« Reply #691 on: 02-16-2006 21:27 »

He does say at the start of Development Arrested that it's been 3 years since the Pilot, and like Newhook said, some annual events (Christmas, Spring break, the charity auction) have repeated themselves, so I don't think there's any limit of time between episodes. I mean, in Beef Consomme, they say it takes place the day after Marta Complex - while in The Cabin Show, they mention at the start that it's been two months since Righteous Brothers.

I think it's safe to assume that episodes that continue on directly from the last one (eg. The One Where Michael Leaves, Hand to God, etc.) are set within a week or less of eachother, while episodes where new storylines begin (eg. Switch Hitter, Fakin' It, etc.) are set a bit further apart from eachother. That's how the time passes, and also how we occassionally miss events that are explained in flashbacks or in the "On the Next" segment.
Roy Bluth

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« Reply #692 on: 02-16-2006 23:13 »

Beamer. If I wasn't so disgustingly sweaty, I'd hop over this desk and give you a big great hug. You know what? Wouldacouldashoulda.

But seriously, you are wise. Like Buddah, if he just blue himself.
Spy

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« Reply #693 on: 02-23-2006 03:36 »

 http://www.eonline.com/Insider/Boards/ann.jspa?annID=414


 
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Hey all --

I, too, have seen the report on betterthanfudge.com that Arrested has been picked up for 12 episodes.

My source (*Very reliable*) says:

"No deal yet. It's closer, but not done. The chances are now 50/50."


Yee!!!

So good news -- it looks like Arrested could be saved!

Go Bluths!

Kristin has given me hope. But I don't want to get my hopes up.
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« Reply #694 on: 02-23-2006 13:06 »

 http://www.betterthanfudge.com/?p=340
newhook_1

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« Reply #695 on: 02-24-2006 23:34 »
« Last Edit on: 02-24-2006 23:34 »

Well, I do hope it gets picked up, but if it doesn't at least it didn't go out on a sour note(Besides the fact that it looks like FOX has canceled it in its prime).  Here's hoping.
Beamer

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« Reply #696 on: 02-25-2006 20:39 »

If we do go to Showtime though, the good news is that even though we're only getting a 12-episode season, the episodes themselves will be about 8 minutes longer, which equates to the length of just over 17 Fox episodes. I suspect they'll probably use the extra time to put a bit more substance into the sub-plots, since they did occassionally lose track of them (eg. George, Lucille and Lindsay's sub-plots in Exit Strategy were pretty much abandoned after Michael and Buster got to Iraq, as was Tobias' - with the exception of the pay-off to it in the 'On the next' segment).
Y_L_B

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« Reply #697 on: 02-26-2006 13:01 »
« Last Edit on: 02-26-2006 13:01 »

I managed to catch an episode on FOX a few months ago, but decided I didn't like it much because I didn't understand what was going on.

What a fool I have been.

I rented to Season One boxset and all of my troubles melted away. This is with no exaggeration the most brilliant show on television. Shame about its situation and all that.

"Oh my God! We're having a fire... sale! Oh, the burning! It burns me! Evacuate all the schoolchildren! Ahhhhhh!"
Jeremy

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« Reply #698 on: 02-26-2006 14:50 »

Welcome!


Beamer

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« Reply #699 on: 02-26-2006 17:39 »

*reaches for the door handle*

"I can't even see where the knob is!!!"

*falls to the floor and sings Amazing Grace*
Spy

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« Reply #700 on: 02-27-2006 06:47 »

I couldn't be jacked waiting for seven or the dvds I had to see season 2 again. So I download the entire season in the time it takes Beamer to download one episode and converted them to dvd. Mission acomplished.
Spawn_3005

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« Reply #701 on: 02-27-2006 14:01 »
« Last Edit on: 02-27-2006 14:01 »

No.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Welcome Y_L_B, I'm glad you saw the light. Better late then never I always say. And may I add, Marry me??
Ranadok

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« Reply #702 on: 02-28-2006 00:26 »
« Last Edit on: 02-28-2006 00:26 »

This headline made me laugh. You know, because his name is like that character's name.  Plus the whole drug thing... that, and it sounds like something the AD GM would say.  Heh, I should watch Pier Pressure again.

This ends this semi-random Arrested Development moment. We return you to your regularly scheduled thread.
Beamer

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« Reply #703 on: 02-28-2006 00:36 »

What's even better that in Pier Pressure, when Michael's asking George Michael if he was at the docks, George Michael actually says "Are you sure it wasn't the other George Michael? You know, the singer-songwriter?" Just the perfect episode to put that joke in.  tongue
Ranadok

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« Reply #704 on: 02-28-2006 01:09 »

I thought of that quote, but I didn't remember that it was from the same episode. Heh, it just got better.
futurefreak

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« Reply #705 on: 03-02-2006 02:47 »

Lol, I showed "Pier Pressure" to my boyfriend the other night and like that night he heard about the actual George Michael's arrest and told me about it, it was so perfect...btw I think Pier Pressure is my favorite episode now. So hilarious! On a sidenote, GOB looks hot in that hot cop uniform
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« Reply #706 on: 03-02-2006 12:22 »

Not only is AD hilarious, it [spooky voice] PREDICTS THE FUTURRRE!! [/spooky voice]

Hehe, and that episode had gay guys in it, it's funny on so many (well, more than 2) levels!  big grin
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« Reply #707 on: 03-03-2006 13:54 »

Yeah, Pier Presure and Bringing Up Buster are my favorite two episodes.

 
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What's even better that in Pier Pressure, when Michael's asking George Michael if he was at the docks, George Michael actually says "Are you sure it wasn't the other George Michael? You know, the singer-songwriter?" Just the perfect episode to put that joke in.   tongue

I love Michael's response. "Yeah, that makes sense." Just the way it's delivered is awesome.

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« Reply #708 on: 03-03-2006 21:56 »
« Last Edit on: 03-03-2006 21:56 »

Heheh, watched all of Season 3 again, so many stillframe gags:

On a Skating with Celebrities billboard:
"Train wreck on ice!"

In Maebys contact book:
Hilton, P - haha
Grazer, B - Brian Grazer, producer on AD, among other things
Howard, R - Duh,   tongue
Grey, B - Brad Grey, producer on David Cross' The Best of Mr. Show show.
And I thought I saw Kennedy, J in there too.
Beamer

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« Reply #709 on: 03-04-2006 06:31 »

Numerous rumours are sweeping the internet at the moment about the Showtime deal. As we all know, Showtime has offered them two seasons with thirteen episodes each, with the possibility of a third. Many outlets have reported that the deal has been made, with others reporting that things look hopeful. A reliable source has stated that pretty much everyone knows the contract's signed, and even better - an official announcement should be made within the next 24 hours. Even the people who reported that the deal hasn't been made are still saying that it looks as if it will, so that's great news for us either way.  smile

On a side note, the fans over at The O.P. are doing Wikipedia entries for every episode... we're about 1/5 of the way through at the moment. An episode page is up at  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Arrested_Development_episodes  - the blue titles are the ones with links up. I did the pages for The One Where Michael Leaves, The One Where They Build a House, The Ocean Walker and Prison Break-In - the last two being the ones I've most contributed to (I don't think anyone else has added anything to the Prison Break-In page yet). Definitely well worth checking out, just to see how many references/callbacks/freezeframe gags are crammed into just one episode (especially in Seasons 2 and 3).  wink
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« Reply #710 on: 03-04-2006 21:09 »

Nice work Beamsie, and nice rumours, I hope they aren't cirsumvented, that would be utterly macabre.
Roy Bluth

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« Reply #711 on: 03-04-2006 21:49 »
« Last Edit on: 03-04-2006 21:49 »

 
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Originally posted by Beamer:
Numerous rumours are sweeping the internet at the moment about the Showtime deal. As we all know, Showtime has offered them two seasons with thirteen episodes each, with the possibility of a third. Many outlets have reported that the deal has been made, with others reporting that things look hopeful. A reliable source has stated that pretty much everyone knows the contract's signed, and even better - an official announcement should be made within the next 24 hours.

WHAT!!!!

The Following Takes Place between 10 and 11pm: Nothing Yet.

The Following Takes Place Between 11 and 12am: Still Nothing.

The Following Takes Place Between 12 and 1am: Son of a Bitch.

The Following Takes Place between 1 and 2am: JESUS CHRIST!!!

And it goes on like that for the entire 24 hours.

Thanks for the rumours, Beamer. Very cool indeed.
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« Reply #712 on: 03-05-2006 13:05 »

How about now? Anything official now?


...


Now?!
Roy Bluth

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« Reply #713 on: 03-08-2006 14:30 »
« Last Edit on: 03-08-2006 14:30 »

Probably not. I'm going to check out some sites, maybe it's there.

Nothing yet, but I did find this.

David Cross Puts on a Freak Show
Source: Variety February 28, 2006

Comedy Central has greenlit Arrested Development star David Cross' Freak Show, ordering seven episodes of the animated series centered on a band of freak show performers who moonlight as second-rate superheroes, reports Variety.

The series will premiere late this year or in early 2007. Cross and H. Jon Benjamin (Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist) will executive produce.

Freak Show chronicles the misadventures of the Freak Squad --circus act by day, government-employed do-gooders by night. They battle castoffs of the World-Famous Justice Squad, otherwise known as the most notorious second-rate villains.

Source: comingsoon.net

I also found this at eonline.com:

"Here's hoping Tony Hale's offspring bears no resemblance to his TV alter ego.

The Arrested Development star and his wife, Martel, are celebrating the arrival of a baby girl. Loy Ann Hale was born Feb. 24 at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, weighing in at 6 pounds, 4 ounces."

So congrats to him.
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« Reply #714 on: 03-09-2006 21:10 »

I was just watching Shock And Aww (with Heather Graham as the ethics tacher)

GOBs line is one of the best in the whole series:
"Besides, I'll probably never see her again!"
*phone rings*
"Who's Edna W.?"
*answers phone*
"RRRG!" *bites fist*
 laff
Beamer

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« Reply #715 on: 03-09-2006 21:16 »
« Last Edit on: 03-09-2006 21:16 »

Well, it appears Fox is in the process of dumping the show. All the fake AD sites from Fox such as www.freeannyong.com,  www.nevernudes.com,  www.tonywonder.com  and www.imoscar.com  have been taken down... www.imnoscar.com  is still up for now, though.
Jeremy

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« Reply #716 on: 03-09-2006 23:28 »
« Last Edit on: 03-09-2006 23:28 »

Fazey, I prefer:

G.O.B.: No. Because Iíve seen some of the dogs that you like.
Michael: Right.
G.O.B.: I just slept with one.
Michael: Again. Didnít like Nazhgalia
G.O.B.: Really?
Michael: Really. And good luck getting rid of her.
G.O.B.: Oh, please. Not a problem. She knows it was a one-time thing. Totally cool.
*Phone rings.*
Michael: So romantic.
G.O.B.: Whoís N. Bahn-Ahden? (Into phone.) Hello.


- Ha. It's so hard to know when to stop copy and pasting. It's all gold.   tongue

Beamer

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« Reply #717 on: 03-10-2006 01:38 »

You left out "I (bleep)ed Nazbakalijan." How could you?!
Jeremy

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« Reply #718 on: 03-10-2006 01:59 »

Did anyone else find that terribly hot?
Roy Bluth

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« Reply #719 on: 03-10-2006 11:48 »

"Look, you have milk on your mustache." GOB's awesome, I hope I grow up like him.

That's a great episode. I love GOB bumping into a former "girlfriend" at a highschool dance. Oh GOB. *shakes head*
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