So Friday was it, if you want to be really negative about it - the end of Arrested Development, at least as we know it. If it comes back, it'll be on another network - ABC or Showtime, the latter being the most likely - and possibly under budget restrictions that may force some significant changes (from a well-founded rumor discussed at unofficial fan-site The OP's message boards.) It's very safe to assume that Fox will finally actually cancel the show now that the ratings are in - the 2.0/3 the first hour achieved is absolutely dismal - even worse than usual - especially against the many, many hours-long snooze-fest that is the Olympics opening ceremonies. Even friggin' Friday Night Smackdown beat Arrested Development. Who knew the show's viewers were pussies and wrestling fans?
But I'm not going to be completely negative here - Showtime is almost definitely interested in AD, and the decision rests in creator Mitch Hurwitz's hands at this point. But even if he decides to end it now - and given the three years of misery he's had to endure to make this show, would you blame him? - the show went out on a very high note with four of the best episodes of the entire stunted third season.
I'm satisfied with the ending - the important loose ends were tied even while leaving some other ones unresolved, and a few possibilities for a continuation were hinted at. So at the moment, I'll choose to simply look at it like Buster's fake coma: the show's "in what we call a light to no coma. In layman’s term, it might be considered a very heavy nap." Sleep well, Arrested Development.
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