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The start of season 3 has some annoying bits that drag out over too many episodes but apart from that it is still astonishingly good.

Yeah, the whole Wee Britain/Wee Brain story wrecked my head. But once they wrap that up it’s back to the solid gold AD we all love.

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Yeah, the whole Wee Britain/Wee Brain story wrecked my head. But once they wrap that up it’s back to the solid gold AD we all love.

I actually liked the actual Wee Britain location with the Poppins and the Pub. It was just the MR. F. part that dragged on, it should just been one episode but i think they were trying to use her guest appearance a lot to boost ratings.

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The Wee Britain/Brain gag pays off only well after the punchline is done and rewatched, as is the Arrested Development way. Charlize Theron for me was awkward show-to-show, but the gag pays off once the story arc is done.

The Mr. F gag pays off if you watch the episodes quickly after each other - the episode broadcast delay Fox incurred probably affects the opinions of those who watched the show as soon as they aired - of which I am one.

In any case, I'm not eager to undermine Series 3's slightly 'unpopular' foray with Wee Britain, because it recovered so admirably and came up with the jaw-dropping S.O.B.s episode. There's no show to my mind (even the great The Larry Sanders Show, which only parodied it) that remained so true to itself whilst blatantly undermining the hand which feeds it.

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I am, I'm afraid, the bearer of bad tidings:

http://www.variety.com/article/VR111794046...17&cs=1&s=h&p=0

Hurwitz takes a hike

'Arrested' creator bails as showrunner

By JOSEF ADALIAN

'Arrested Development' was working on a move to Showtime, but the exit of creator Mitch Hurwitz puts the show's future in doubt.

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"Arrested Development" creator Mitch Hurwitz says he will not be continuing with the series, throwing a major -- likely fatal -- monkey wrench into attempts to keep the Emmy-winning laffer alive for a fourth season.

Series producers 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine Television had agreed on a deal to move "Arrested," previously on Fox, to Showtime -- assuming Hurwitz was willing to come back. In the end, however, a mix of creative and financial concerns has prompted Hurwitz to move on.

"The fans have been so ardent in their devotion and in return ... I've given everything I can to the show in order to try to live up to their expectations," Hurwitz told Daily Variety on Monday in a telephone interview from Gotham. "I finally reached a point where I felt I couldn't continue to deliver that on a weekly basis."

Nonetheless, Hurwitz said he put off making a final decision on his involvement so Showtime and 20th could talk about a possible deal.

"Of course, if there was enough money in it, I would have happily abandoned the fans' need for quality. But as it turns out, there wasn't," he said.

Indeed, Hurwitz and 20th have long been at odds over finances, sparring over everything from the show's budget to Hurwitz's own compensation. The two sides were unable to come to terms on an overall deal last year, and while creative concerns were clearly at play in Hurwitz's decision, coincoin may have been a key factor, insiders said.

Hurwitz said he had briefed most of the show's cast about his decision, as well as some of the writers. He also talked with exec producer-narrator Ron Howard, who asked Hurwitz if he would be willing to continue as a consultant on "Arrested" should 20th and Imagine find a network willing to continue the skein without Hurwitz.

"I said I'd be happy to do that, but that as showrunner, I've gone as far as I can go," he said.

Showtime entertainment topper Bob Greenblatt made it clear in January that Hurwitz's participation in the show was essential to a deal (Daily Variety, Jan. 20). With Hurwitz out of the equation, Showtime is no longer a viable home for "Arrested," insiders said.

It doesn't help that one of Hurwitz's key deputies, exec producer Jim Valleley, also says he won't do the show without his boss. "We couldn't do the show without Mitch Hurwitz, and I wouldn't want to be the guy who tried," Valleley said, who called the apparent end of the show "heartbreaking."

Hurwitz said he had lunch with Showtime entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt even though he was leaning against continuing with the show. "He was actually very persuasive in telling me how much he believed in the show. I walked away thinking, 'Maybe,' " Hurwitz said.

Despite word of tension between Hurwitz and 20th, scribe said the studio and its sister net deserve credit for having produced and aired three seasons of the show.

"I can honestly say I'm appreciative. They put a lot of money into this, and I put a lot of my life into this," he said.

He also hinted that while "Arrested" may have run its course as a TV show as far as he's concerned, he would be interested in reviving the franchise as a feature film.

Reps for 20th and Showtime declined comment. One person familiar with the studio's thinking, however, said fans of the show shouldn't write an obit for "Arrested" just yet, noting 20th is the studio that revived "Family Guy."

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Whilst I am really dissapointed that this means there wont be any more, it is the right decision. Without Hurwitz and other key characters who have stated they wouldn't be returning then it just wouldn't be the same. It would be like Family Guy without Seth (ignoring the fact key characters ch would need new voice actors)

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You don't need the creator always really, they had fantastic writers for the different episodes so I'm sure if it comes back it can survive without Hurwitz. But it is important to have the whole cast there if they don't have that I don't see the point of bringing it back.

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AD was, for me, the best American comedy show since The Simpsons.

It's just genius, and I was disgusted when I heard they were canning it. Still, better to do this than to let it rot. Like The Simpsons. I think they could still squeeze another season from it though, the brilliance showed no signs of abating in season 3 imo.

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Nothing much new to round up this week - the show is still 99% over. Fox officially cancelled it last Wednesday, a couple of days after Mitch's announcement.

Mitch had a slightly longer interview with Entertainment Weekly on his decision, you can read it here: http://www.ew.com/ew/report/0,6115,1178690_3_0_,00.html

Covers a lot of the same ground, but maybe worth a read?

The S3 DVDs have slipped from a 13th June 2006 release to an unspecified date later in the year - prompting both hopes and fears about any extra content: it may be barebones, it may be feature-rich. No-one knows right now, but generally people are pessimistic.

Whether I'm just causing more hurt by bumping this thread is up for debate. Shall I just shush and let it die?

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Shall I just shush and let it die?

No. Even if just one person who hasn't seen it reads this thread and decides to give it a go; it's worth it to see that much joy in a person. Think of it as giving birth over and over again to the funniest, weirdest-looking baby boy you ever could have, which your cunt of a wife claimed custody of and you can only see in 22 minute stints for 3 seasons.

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Frightfully sad news indeed. Without a doubt in my mind the greatest American sitcom of all time. 22 minutes of television is all you need to persuade you that Fraiser, Seinfeld, Cheers and Curb Your Enthusiasm are left soundly in it's wake with it's utterly inspired cast, charm and unremitting pace. A tragedy.

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Watched five or six episodes of the first series, couldn't raise a smile. Downloaded the third series for DiscoStu and CactuarBill, decided to watch it myself and loved it. I didn't find out it was Charlize Theron until I'd finished watching it (never seen her in anything else before, or really known of her), and I thought the Mr. F story was perfect, not over-stretched at all.

Sad it isn't being picked up again, but good that it went out with a bang.

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Although it's all over and Spew is probably dead inside*, a friend sent me this excellent poster

*that said I watched some first series the other day and it wasn't as funny as the later stuff, but a lot of the later jokes you needed to have seen the earlier ones

I don't remember any jokes I didn't get, the third series was great.

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Probably because you didn't realise they were jokes. They oftentimes do slight actions or have something in the background from old shows, or simply resay things much later on. For instance in series one Michael asks Geroge M what the most important thing is and he says breakfast, when he should have said family, then in series 3 he asks him the same question and he says family instead of breakfast. The joke still works if you only saw that episode but if you had seen the earlier one it has extra meaning.

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Although it's all over and Spew is probably dead inside*, a friend sent me this excellent poster

Shame it's a bit for a desktop

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http://digitalart.org/artwork.php?ID=48031

*that said I watched some first series the other day and it wasn't as funny as the later stuff, but a lot of the later jokes you needed to have seen the earlier ones

omfg.

:P

And I prefer the first series to the third. It's more 'real'. Sometimes the third can seem a little too[i/] far-fetched. Anyway:

S2>S1>S3.

S3 is still 99.999999% better than ANYTHING else since The Simpsons though.

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For instance in series one Michael asks Geroge M what the most important thing is and he says breakfast...

That was within the first few seconds of the first episode if I remember correctly; even then it was the moment I knew I was going to absolutely adore this show. By the time George Michael tries to drink his juice with the straw still in the glass there's no question whatsoever. So. Good. It'll be sorely missed.

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Yeah, i'd agree with that, S3 was a little surreal, still brilliant but it felt different to S1,2. My favorite moment was:

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Godzilla!

Sorry to bump up an old topic, but that was my favourite moment, and I still burst into raptures whenever I think of that one scene.

I love AD, and have bought the first two series on DVD (I'm from the UK). Does anyone know when the third series is out here, in the UK?

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Well, it's not even out in America until the end of August, last I heard. Don't know what the cross atlantic time difference was for the second series though.

BBC2 are reportledly lining it up for some no doubt Sunday night grave shagging nightmare timeslot though.

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Probably tempting fate again by mentioning it, but this surfaced today:

http://www.tvsquad.com/2006/07/10/arrested...ks-for-a-movie/

There's a small glimmer of hope that we'll all see the Bluths again, and not just in reruns on DVDs. In an interview with TVGuide, actress Alia Shawkat ("Maeby") confirmed that there is talk of doing an Arrested Development movie. She didn't say a lot--probably because the interview was actually about her role in an upcoming Lifetime movie--but she did say that creator Mitch Hurwitz is in talks with Ron Howard about moving to the big screen. That was all hinted at in the series finale when Shawkat's character tried to sell the rights to the Bluth's story to Howard.

Would you like to see an Arrested Development movie... or is it just plain over?

Direct quote from TV Guide:

Shawkat: Mitch actually recently told us that there is a good possibility for a movie, and that he's talking to Ron Howard about it.

Ready for another rollercoaster ride of hope? Not sure I am :unsure:

Oh, and the show has been nominated for 2 Emmys - Outstanding Comedy/Variety Series, and Will Arnett (Gob) for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy/Variety Series. Expect ironic victories, what with Desperate Housewives not being nominated at all this year...

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