Good news Arrested Development fans: Fox is officially quiet on the subject until they release their schedules, but the word from E!'s TV gossip-hound Kristin is that not only had Arrested Development been renewed for next season, it's been renewed for TWO seasons. (It turns out that, due to "licensing fees," the show has only been renewed for one season after all - but that's not bad news either!) So, despite lackluster ratings, Fox's president, Peter Liguori, is standing behind the show, and my guess is because he's probably a fan and also realizes that this show is the kind of show that needs to slowly build up an audience - much like Seinfeld needed a couple of seasons to really catch people's attention. I firmly believe this show has the potential to be the next Seinfeld, in fact - it's irreverent, it's edgy and different, and it's similarly complex. Like Seinfeld, it's the kind of show that divided people, but it got them talking - and hopefully will follow in Seinfeld's footstep and get people watching. I do not exaggerate when I say that it is, without a doubt, the funniest show I have ever seen on TV.
In similar news, NBC's experiment with another BBC adaptation, The Office appears to be at least marginally successful as it too will be back for a second season. How this was even a question is beyond me - when the absolutely atrocious Will & Grace stumbles back for yet another season, pretty much every other comedy on the network should feel safe. And The Office was actually very funny, numbing worries about another trainwreck like Coupling - but I think the difference here is the source material is actually good in the case of The Office. (Yeah, that's right. Bring it on, Coupling lovers. You can't convince me - I've seen the original and it's just as bad as NBC's take.)