A dark, dark day has arrived. It’s one that loyal fans of Fox’s Arrested Development have been dreading two years now. The axe has dropped, the final curtain has closed and the fat lady is singing on the stage where the Bluth family once ran amok. It leads us to this stream of thought:
Fox TV: Can’t live with ’em, Can’t legally grind them into pepperoni logs.
Arrested Development has been officially cancelled as of Friday the 11th of November, the day after they cut their order of new episodes this season from 22 episodes to 13. The cancellation is due to poor viewership – a sorry 4.2 million average this season.
Here’s the big thing regarding Arrested Development‘s (DVDs) cancellation: Fox
cut it tons of slack because the critics loved it so much, and
rightfully so, as it is the best show in the history of television of
all time ever. But would-be viewers never caught on. Fox gave it a
second season in the hopes that they would, and then they gave it a
third season, but it was all for nothing.
That’s not to say there are no fans, there are, and by the loads. DVD
sales are strong. Not only that, but at a recent trip to the Vegoose
music festival on Halloween weekend in Las Vegas, there were several Arrested Development
And it’s won awards, oh have it ever won awards – here’s an excerpt
of some of Arrested Development’s Emmy haul: Best: Comedy Series, Directing for a Comedy
Series, Writing for a Comedy Series, Casting for a Comedy Series, (hang
on a sec, writers cramp…ok, we’re good) and Single-Camera
Picture Editing for a Comedy Series. Yeah, and that’s a partial list.
Being so highly regarded is good
news. It’s rumoured that Showtime is mulling over the idea of picking
up Fox’s slack. That is something, however, that we cannot count on.
So the quality is there, as is the acclaim. As such, couldn’t it be said that the show’s current failure to really catch on is due to an
incredible lack of promotion on the part of Fox? We watch the
channel more than most socially depraved, and the only time we’d ever
see commercials for Arrested Development would be right before it aired. That’s nowhere near
sufficient enough time for the previously unaware to change their
That said, it is through tear filled eyes and a gross runny nose that we
make the following statement regarding a course of action: We’re not sure if we can legally advise any other loyalists to get a nice green
banana, and write BLUTH, or ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT on it, and we’re not
sure we can lawfully tell anyone to place the said banana into a package
of some sort, and address it to:
C/O FOX Broadcasting Co.
P.O. Box 900
Beverly Hills, CA 90213
But if a few hundred, or thousand Arrested Development fans take it upon themselves,
imagine what their office dumpster would look like. Should the aforementioned ever take place, a strong un-arrest Arrested Development
message would surely be felt.
So rise up ye citizens of the world! Make that difference! Let’s get that show on the road!
Sign an online petition for the reinstatement of Arrested Development.
[story by Shawn Lindseth]