Monday, November 14, 2005

Welcome back, Bluths?

It pained me to break the news to people on Friday, be it via IM, phone, or the blog, about the cancellation of "Arrested Development." Therefore, it pleases me to be the bearer of good... rumors. From the good folks at
There's an interesting rumor going around the industry: Showtime is interested in getting Arrested Development.

OK, for now it's still in that "rumor" stage, but the SF Chronicle's Tim Goodman answers several questions about the show's FOX demise, and it says that it actually makes sense for Showtime to pick up the show. Nothing for certain yet, but there seems to be at least a faint pulse to the show this week when last week it was flatlining.

I agree with that last point. Rumors this early are very encouraging. And Showtime would mean no commercials. But if Showtime in fact picks it up, I'm hoping one thing doesn't change: the bleeping. Just because they can use swear words doesn't mean they should. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against obscenities on TV; quite the contrary, I think when used well, swear words heighten the comedy on a show like "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and the drama on "The Sopranos." But part of the brilliance of "AD" on Fox was evading the censors by using the bleeps and pixelation (especially on Buster's stub), to the point that last week's narration even included "I can't believe we had to bleep that!" Hopefully that won't change.


Anonymous G-Fafif said...

I hear that it's really the show's twin brother that's going to Showtime. It's hard to tell.

10:12 PM  
Anonymous andre 2000000 said...

Hate to throw cold water on all of this, but, if memory serves from when people were talking about moving Firefly to some cable network (SciFi, i think), it came out that Fox, which is no stranger to canceling shows that could be succesful on other networks (where have you gone Greg the Bunny?) makes it contractually imposssible for any of their shows to air anywhere else after cancelation.

11:10 PM  

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