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#1 Posted on 28.2.06 1844.57
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http://www.dose.ca/toronto/tv/story.html?s_id=j2sWVReZcy1FiMM0szm50Q%2BkKJJkNtypvskqQ1Q8vrWYGb7n4hnmsQ==

Showtime has FINALLY announced that it's picking up the little show that could(n't on FOX)' for a new 26 episode season.

Well, you can all start breathing again.
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#2 Posted on 28.2.06 1903.43
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I'm not celebrating until I hear something official, but all the assorted rumors this week seem like a very positive sign.

    Originally posted by NY Times' exact wording
    WE HEAR . . .

    THAT fans of "Arrested Development" can relax. Word is Showtime not only picked up the canceled Fox show but also ordered 26 more episodes.


I eagerly await non-"word is" confirmation. We had it as a Don't Buy. Let's bump it up to a Risky! RISKY RISKY RISKY
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#3 Posted on 28.2.06 1920.02
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What a fun, sexy time for us!
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#4 Posted on 28.2.06 1953.18
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All I get is a page sayin:

Invalid Document ID. Please check your url or click Back and try again.

EDIT: Never min, it pulls up if I went ot the TV section and clicked it.

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#5 Posted on 28.2.06 1955.58
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I'M not celebrating until I actually WATCH all 26 episodes. Fox supposedly had a guarantee to air two full seasons, and we all know how that turned out. First they cut it back to one season before they started airing any.

When the last season started they bounced it off and on for weeks with no announcements to fans as to when it would actually air (while supposedly using that as a test of whether it could pick up new fans) they prematurely shot their wad on what was supposed to be a dry run, and now I'm afraid they have something of a mess on their hands.

I will say that it is a good sign though. RISKY is a good spot for it to be in right now.


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#6 Posted on 28.2.06 2210.23
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Man, I've mentioned this before, but I don't want to have to choose between missing Arrested Development and paying for Showtime.
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#7 Posted on 28.2.06 2213.31
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Well, there are DVDs...

(Besides, you should already subscribe to Showtime for the criminally underrated "Weeds" and "Huff", the always-entertaining "Bullshit!" and the, well, somewhat hit-or-miss "Masters of Horror", so this is just gravy.)
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#8 Posted on 1.3.06 0053.29
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There is justice in the world. Between the ratings The Office & My Name Is Earl are getting and this news, I have faith that good programming can SOMEHOW survive.

Now I'm wondering what's happening with the Canadian rights...
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#9 Posted on 1.3.06 0356.20
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I have experience working with American feed/CRTC simulcasts, and can safely say that no Canadian station is likely to go out of its way to buy the rights as it had consistently weak ratings up north as well. So we Canucks will have to wait for the DVDs to come out - which is not a terrible thing, since the commentaries are often funnier than the funniest episodes. Of course, I hear some people download shows... so there's always that option for whoever does that.

Either way, HUZZAH!
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#10 Posted on 1.3.06 0926.19
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    Originally posted by chill
    I have experience working with American feed/CRTC simulcasts, and can safely say that no Canadian station is likely to go out of its way to buy the rights as it had consistently weak ratings up north as well. So we Canucks will have to wait for the DVDs to come out - which is not a terrible thing, since the commentaries are often funnier than the funniest episodes. Of course, I hear some people download shows... so there's always that option for whoever does that.

    Either way, HUZZAH!
I'm not sure...I think this could fit in with Showcase's niche evening programming. I mean, they picked up DEAD LIKE ME, and that must have been a ratings downer to be cancelled after two seasons.
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#11 Posted on 1.3.06 1001.25
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    Originally posted by Oliver
    I'm not sure...I think this could fit in with Showcase's niche evening programming. I mean, they picked up DEAD LIKE ME, and that must have been a ratings downer to be cancelled after two seasons.


Substitute Dead Like Me for Arrested Development, and Showtime for Fox, and you'll pretty much have similar opinions on how a network treated a show.

Granted, Dead Like Me didn't get as shafted as far as jumping time slots as Arrested did, but it seemed like some of the Showtime brass was never behind that show at all.

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#12 Posted on 1.3.06 1018.53
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    Originally posted by kwik
      Originally posted by Oliver
      I'm not sure...I think this could fit in with Showcase's niche evening programming. I mean, they picked up DEAD LIKE ME, and that must have been a ratings downer to be cancelled after two seasons.


    Substitute Dead Like Me for Arrested Development, and Showtime for Fox, and you'll pretty much have similar opinions on how a network treated a show.

    Granted, Dead Like Me didn't get as shafted as far as jumping time slots as Arrested did, but it seemed like some of the Showtime brass was never behind that show at all.




Basically the new Showtime president A.) wasn't the one who developed DLM, and 2.) thought axing it and its larger budget could fund three other shows that had a better chance of getting the network HBO-type publicity.

Instead, they need a (utterly brilliant, to-die-for, God I love the Bluths) Fox throwaway to do that for them.
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#13 Posted on 1.3.06 1149.36
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I'm wondering if this will make iTunes for those of us without Showtime.
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#14 Posted on 1.3.06 1324.18
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Has this been confirmed anywhere? I don't want to prematurely shoot my wad on a dry run and end up with something of a mess on my hands.
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#15 Posted on 2.3.06 1857.37
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Showtime is denying there's a deal, but critic/chief AD proponent Tim Goodman said on radio in San Francisco that it's done. I'd bet the farm on it at this point.

I doubt there'll be hot, sexy iTunes action since Twentieth Television is still in the picture.
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#16 Posted on 2.3.06 2248.17
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Your words, Peter Stork, sent me on a mad dash to find this, and darned if Timmy Good doesn't say it's a done deal, two 13 episode seasons, likely along with the rights to the previous 53 episodes. The fear about a reduced budget and losing some of the cast seems to have not been a problem. Wow. In the words of John Beard, booyah?

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#17 Posted on 28.3.06 0053.38
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Friend of the show Tim "done deal" Goodman says the show "will not be resurrected on Showtime as rumors circulating for months have suggested. A source close to the negotiations said that creator Mitch Hurwitz had decided after a lengthy period of debating an offer from Showtime that 'Arrested Development reached its end, creatively, as a series.'" Thanks for nothing, Timothy.

    Originally posted by Variety
    "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. ...

    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.


The tears aren't comin'. Well, there'd better be a movie or at least an extended final "On The Next..." on the DVD release of season 3. I have to have closure on all the characters or my life will be forever incomplete.

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#18 Posted on 28.3.06 0117.59
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Well, I suppose there's always The Office...

'Tis a shame, though.
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#19 Posted on 28.3.06 0801.20
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For the people who watch SNL, looks like Amy Poehler won't get her boat.
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#20 Posted on 28.3.06 0841.26
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bummer, but at least I don't have to get Showtime now.
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