A New and Arresting Development

Arrested Development (season 1)

Arrested Development (season 1) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Quite a lengthy list could be made of underrated, under-appreciated, high quality TV shows that met their demise entirely too quickly.  From Firefly to Awake, Drive, Wonderfalls, Day Break, the list could go on for months.  The odds of a cancelled show being subsequently resurrected are about as favorable as stumbling across a priceless diamond on your way to work.

And yet, such hope exists, if enough voices cry out to make it so.  Following immense fan support, Joss Whedon brought his Firefly cast back on the big screen as the film Serenity, an unprecedented yet successful revival of greatness.  Even as you read this, a similar miracle is occurring with Arrested Development, an intelligent comedy series with whipcrack humor, unconventional filming style, and an outstanding cast.

While it has been a long six years since we last laughed with – and frequently at – the severely dysfunctional Bluth family created by Mitchell Hurwitz and produced by Ron Howard, they will soon be gracing your screens once again with the show’s signature documentary style camera movements, offbeat yet hilarious moments and perfectly timed narration.  Although the original series was dropped after three seasons due to low ratings, it would seem there are more stories of blatant selfishness, oblivious materialism, and relational manipulation to be told.

When a show like Arrested Development is consigned to languish at the whims of ratings and eventually abandoned, the rising stars will inevitably move on to larger roles.  In this case, several main actors including Jason Bateman and Michael Cera built a successful movie career on the strength of their comical small screen characters.  As a result, it can be difficult to retrieve them for a reboot, but after all, several Emmy Award wins (in 2004 and 2005) are hard to ignore also.

Between the unique catchphrases, subtle background jokes that require repeat viewing to thoroughly enjoy, and excellent guest stars, there is certainly much to appreciate about the edgy yet personable humor infused into every scene.  With filming for season four beginning this past August, between ten and thirteen all new Arrested Development episodes are scheduled to air in early 2013.

Rumors of a film version of the show have circulated for years, and reportedly a script has been in development, but no production will begin until the new series rebirth has run its course.  The willingness of the entire cast and crew to return to making us all laugh with no reservations speaks highly of the talent and relevance of Arrested Development.  Here’s to many more awkward, sidesplitting moments featuring the hapless Bluth family.

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  1. I thought this was one of the funniest and best shows ever. (No, I’m not ignoring stuff like Seinfeld and The Honeymooners, of course.) It seemed a crime when it was cancelled. I’ll definitely be anxious to see if they can recapture the magic they had in the first three seasons.

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