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Dumpster Busting TV: What the hell is wrong with Fox Television?

First Firefly. Then Wonderfalls.

Now Arrested Development?

To quote the blond chick who buys it in the original Matrix flick: No, not like this… Not like this.

Did Fox lose all confidence in “Arrested Development”…? As far as I know, Fox has not formally pulled the plug on “Arrested,” and has at least till mid-May to decide if the comedy will turn up on its 2005-06 slate. Still, giving the borrible “American Dad” its timeslot for May sweeps? Not the best sign.

Keep in mind, this is rumor-central at this point: nothing official has happened, and nothing may be coming down the pike.

But I’m starting to think that Satan himself may be running Fox these days, teasing the foolish mortals with brilliant television, only to cancel the darlings of our nights before our very teary eyes, crushed souls to wander this plane broken and wasted, shattered bodies that had known light only to… okay, you get the idea.

Arrested Development is an absolutely brilliant comedy, the best thing to come to network television since Seinfeld. To not recognize that scientific bloody fact is… miraculous. (Or miraculously evil? I’ll leave it to you, Trusty Reader, to decide.)

I would argue, in fact, that Arrested Development represents the best in American comedy whereas the equally brilliant (and deranged) The Office represents the best of the BritCom. Arrested Development is minute-by-minute, laugh out loud funny. Its characters are unique and manically cynical, over-the-top bizarre (a recent episode in which Buster Bluth skips out on Basic Training to obsess over the Crane Game at the bus station had me rolling for days) and the writing is even better. Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth does a masterful job as the only nearly sane character and anchors a truly remarkable cast that includes Jeffrey Tambor (who plays two roles), Jessica Walter, the lights out talented David Cross, and Tony Hale, who plays the aforementioned Buster.

Please, please Fox, don’t do this. Firefly was resurrected on the strength of its DVD sales (after Fox aired about nine episodes completely out of order before canceling it mercilessly) into the most anticipated movie of the year (okay… for me, anyway): Serenity.

Not like this. Not like this…

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  • http://dumpsterbust.blogspot.com Eric Berlin

    Where do you rank B&B, Douglas? I think it was a far better, funnier, and innovative show (the watching and commenting on videos thing, which was the majority of most episodes) than generally given credit for.

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    RJ: “Absolutely Fabulous”

    Absolutely unwatchable…<<

    And might I add…

    Absolutely NOT funny.

    Dave

  • http://dumpsterbust.blogspot.com Eric Berlin

    Yeah, I think Ab Fab is one of those shows that just doesn’t translate to American audiences…. especially men.

    The main character was pretty good as the voice of the fairy godmother in Shrek 2, though.

  • http://www.cdbaby.com/X-15 Douglas Mays

    Ab Fab. I love it. It is a French Saunders Production. Pretty good team actually. As Eric says, it may not translate the big American audience. To the underground audience it is a hit.

    I love the episode when Patsy buys bunk cocaine, gets stopped at customs at the airport. The Customs agents come back and let them go because it wasn’t cocaine. Patsy complains that she ‘paid top dollar for that!’.

  • http://www.cdbaby.com/X-15 Douglas Mays

    Eric, oh yes, B&B. hhhmmm… overall, I would rate it in the ‘up there’ class. In ways it can be said to be very radical and accurate in its humor.

    OK, when my daughter was say, 4 years old, I used to have her watch it with me. Just when America’s right side was in an uproar about the cartoon ruining the youth of America. So, daughter didn’t get the jokes of course. But she just started laughing and said “Those guys are really stupid”. I guess she did get the joke. Daughter was an example of how stupid the parents in uproar were.

    So, I do give B&B a high rating overall because they did stir up national social/political termoil. I look at it like my kid’s generation of MAD Magazine. She would have to research or ask questions in order to get the joke. Like MAD, it provided a source of education for the kids. And some adults hopefully….

  • http://www.cdbaby.com/X-15 Douglas Mays

    OK, can anyone answer this question. I watch ‘Family Guy’ all the time. The script is out there. I have been into it forever and am watching episodes over and over in syndication.

    My question: why is the episode where Brian the dog becomes a drug sniffing dog (at the airport or something) and becomes hooked on cocaine as he discovers shipment in his job. Wild show, he starts bringing hookers home, etc. Amazingly accurate and funny as hell.

    I have never seen this episode rerun in syndication. I watch just to see this episode again. Might have been too far out for any form of TV? Well, that sure gives the show a ‘thumbs up’ based on that alone…

    peaceloveguidance…

  • http://www.cdbaby.com/X-15 Douglas Mays

    why is this episode not shown in syndication? That is the question.

    I proofread my above comment and never actually asked the question. Sorry folks…

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    “I find King of the Hill fair, and have never seen Family Guy or Sealab.”

    KotH is definitely an acquired taste.

    But Family Guy and Sealab 2021 are just plain HILARIOUS.

    I recommend you watch them both, ASAP…

    (On The Cartoon Network…)

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    “Give a thumbs up to Monty Python of course.”

    Well, that’s a given… ;-)

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    “Beavis and Butthead…”

    A blast from the past!

    Good call.

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    “My question: why is the episode where Brian the dog becomes a drug sniffing dog (at the airport or something) and becomes hooked on cocaine as he discovers shipment in his job. Wild show, he starts bringing hookers home, etc. Amazingly accurate and funny as hell.”

    LOL! Thanks for the memory!

    I own FG on DVD, so that’s where I saw it. I have no idea if that particular episode is ever going to be played on TV again. But I DO recommend the DVD…