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Fox is apparently at it again, this time in a move that leaves little doubt that Arrested Development’s head is on the chopping block.

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Fox Broadcasting Co. plans to shuffle its Sunday comedy lineup in May to make room for the addition of new cartoon “American Dad” on May 1.

As part of the schedule change, the network has opted to reduce the episode order on the Emmy-winning ratings laggard “Arrested Development,” but the specifics still are being worked out.

As of May 1, “American Dad” will slide into “Arrested’s” 8:30 p.m. slot behind “The Simpsons.” For the first three weeks of the month, “Dad” will be followed at 9 p.m. by another original “Simpsons” episode.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

Seasons don’t just get shortened – it is almost always the death knell for a series. What can you do to save the best show on TV? Here are some options:

Sign the petition. Anyone know if these things even work? Probably a long shot, but it’s worth a try.

Better yet, send some words . . .

Gail Berman
Fox Broadcasting Entertainment President
Fox Headquarters
10201 West Pico Blvd
Los Angeles CA


Gail Berman, President
Fox Broadcasting Company
P.O. Box 900
Beverly Hills, California


Extension: 237626

Fox’s Viewer Comment Hotline: 1-800-369-6848

Even better: how about getting everyone you know to watch the show?


I emailed the link above and received this reply:

Dear Arrested Development Fans:

Thank you for your e-mail and your passionate support of Arrested Development. While the show has finished production for its second season, contrary to the rumors you may have heard or read on the internet, it is NOT cancelled.

We at FOX love Arrested Development and we look forward to having the Bluth family back on FOX in the future – hopefully for many years. You can help make the show a bigger success by getting as many people as possible to start watching the show this Sunday and every Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT.


Fox Broadcasting Company

Let’s hope this is true.

(In the meantime, check out the beautiful lull. It’s free.)

About Tom Johnson

  • LarryDavidIsTheFunniestManonTV

    “We’re talking about television you don’t pay for here, “Larry.” I can’t afford cable AND paying for HBO, nor can I afford to pick up DVD sets for shows I’ve never watched. Let’s keep the conversation to commercial television, please.”

    You can rent seasons 1, 2, and 3 of Curb Your Enthusiasm at your local Blockbuster, or via Netflix. It’s worth the effort buddy.

  • jadester

    i haven’t watched as much of Arrested Development as i’d like, but what i have seen is damn funny. Now, whilst i am admittedly a sucker for comedy, so will watch shows i know aren’t all that funny, just to find a few laughs, Arrested Development really is pretty clever. It’s like a little more refined version of The Office, well at least in as much as the focus isn’t on the most outrageous characters.

  • Eric Berlin

    Jade – I agree that Arrested Development and The Office are two of the best comedies put out anywhere over the last five or so years, but I think they couldn’t be more different. The Office is awkwardly, painfully, dreadfully real in its humor, whereas AD is adsurdly funny, its characters are clearly off-kilter, eccentric, or out-and-out mad. In fact, Bateman’s character (and perhaps the kids) is the only nearly sane character on the show. And he (Bateman) really holds things together — I think he’s flat-out great on that show.

  • Scott

    “And you probably thought that MASH and Happy Days were funny, Scott.”

    I think you’re funny Dave.

    Funny looking!

    Oh snap…

  • Eric Berlin

    “Snap” — always nice to see

  • Mike

    Do you love Arrested Development as much as I do? Well, Save-it-Forward!

    I’ve come up with a very unique strategy to save this show and I need everyone’s help.

    It’s called Save-it-Forward and it’s my attempt to centralize, monitor and expand the movement and fanbase.

    Please go to http://www.saveitforward.comfor all the details.

    Do what you can to get this ball rolling. It will work if executed properly – I’ve bought four copies of AD!

    Spread the word everywhere you can, email the magazines (it is newsworthy), link to the site and tell your friends. Believe me, it can work!

    And if Fox is listening, embrace the grassroots me! It only benefits you and costs you nothing plus it’s free advertising. I want to save this show…period.

    Come on people, embrace the concept – get out there and Save-It-Forward!!! It’s easy!

  • Beth Hurley

    Arrested Development is the highlight of my week. Each character is hilarious in their own way. THe humor is I believe too quick for the average american who would rather watch reality tv shows such as “biggest loser.”

  • mia

    I love AD and plan to do my part to let Fox know that the show has a lot of fan support, however your suggestion to “get everyone you know to watch the show” doesn’t really work or help. It’s the Nielson Ratings families that we need to convince to flip the channel. Sadly, they’re content with watching “Trading Spouses : Meet Your New Mommy”. For shame.

  • Lobo

    I’d mourn arrested develelopment if the show had been even vaguely amusing. it was almost as unfunny as the hideous archie bunker rehash they replaced it with.

  • Lorraine

    Funniest show since Seinfeld. This is the spawn of Seinfeld. I love Seinfeld and LOVE Arrested Development. I bought the 1st and 2nd season for my friend so I could brainwash him into loving the show as much as me.