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The Bluths can't get Arrested

Posted by Asmaa / April 4, 2006

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R.I.P. Arrested Development.

Proving the maxim that all subversive, genre-busting television comedies must meet an untimely death, show creator Mitchell Hurwitz has finally decided to kill his critical darling. It seems the widely-reported tentative deal with Showtime was not enough for Hurwitz, who quit as the show's executive producer last week.

Hurwitz, a longtime writer on The Golden Girls, along with Desperate Housewives creator Mark Cherry, said "Arrested Development has reached its end creatively, as a series." Having watched the truncated last season and the full-circle series finale, I'm inclined to agree. While it would've been a lot of fun to see if George Michael (who I love) and Maeby ever consummated their relationship or if Tobias ever became a featured player with the Blue Man Group, it was strangely satisfying to watch the complete arc of such an expertly crafted show.

Along with Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared and The Ben Stiller Show, Arrested Development joins the ranks of TV too good for TV. It'll have a long shelf life on DVD. And unlike The Simpsons, which just signed on for its 15th season, there will be little speculation about when it "jumped the shark."

One disconcerting footnote to all of this, however: Hurwitz has dropped hints that he would be interested in making an Arrested Development movie.

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Yassino / February 3, 2015 at 11:03 pm
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I love this review, eleaciplsy about opening a paragraph like a fortune cookie when needing to be reminded that everything in life, good & bad, has value. I have enjoyed Jonathan Goldstein on the radio from time to time- would enjoy reading his work.
Yassino / February 3, 2015 at 11:03 pm
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I love this review, eleaciplsy about opening a paragraph like a fortune cookie when needing to be reminded that everything in life, good & bad, has value. I have enjoyed Jonathan Goldstein on the radio from time to time- would enjoy reading his work.
Yassino / February 3, 2015 at 11:03 pm
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I love this review, eleaciplsy about opening a paragraph like a fortune cookie when needing to be reminded that everything in life, good & bad, has value. I have enjoyed Jonathan Goldstein on the radio from time to time- would enjoy reading his work.

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