Friday, December 23, 2005

Arrested Development to Showtime

Jonathan Safran Foer has a nice Chanukah gift in the New York Times. I must warn my non-Jewish readers that some paragraphs may be offensive so there's your disclaimer.

Arrested Development, cancelled by FOX already, maybe Showtime-bound. I watched part of it last season when American Dreams moved to Wednesday but then they moved Arrested to Monday thus my not watching this season.
Will the pay-TV environs of Showtime be a friendlier place for the Emmy-winning comedy "Arrested Development," which just got canceled by Fox?

Word around town this week is that Showtime is in talks to pick up the comedy about a chaotic family. Sources stressed that the talks are still exploratory and that it would be a big financial commitment on Showtime's part to pick up the show in its current form with a large ensemble cast that includes Jason Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor, Portia de Rossi, Jessica Walter and Will Arnett.

"Arrested" was an instant hit with critics following its debut on Fox in late 2003, but the show never pulled in much of a crowd, even after it won the Emmy for best comedy series in 2004. Last month, Fox threw in the towel, cutting its episode order for "Arrested's" third season from its initial 22-episode ticket to 13.

Representatives for Showtime, and the series' producers 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine TV declined comment late Tuesday.
Good news from New York: The strike has ended.

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