A week ago, the Fox network played out the last new network episodes of three seasons of Arrested Development. For my money, the show had obviously imploded creatively. It started out pretty strong, but it turned out to be, as my hero would say, a brilliant mistake. Ah well.
The show was given great, incredibly adoring press, and ultimately several seasons to develop, but it just flat wasn't going over with the general public. Now, the fan base of the show is understandably disappointed that their show never caught on, but some of those people seem a bit stuck on their sense of superiority.
Judging by AD fan comments on my review of their finale, many fans of the show cite its failure as evidence of public stupidity. Anyone who doesn't see that Arrested Development was pure artistic genius must be a Skating With Celebrities or Everybody Loves Raymond-watching retard. Heck, even the Simpsons are hardly in a league with this achievement.
I have an alternate theory: people - including the smart end of the public audience - hated the Bluth family, and didn't wish to spend time with them. It wouldn't have occurred to me that anyone would do so, but some fans of the show obviously identify personally with the Bluth family. They seem to take the failure of the show as a personal affront from all the big stupidheads out in TV land that don't appreciate the (extremely overhyped) supposed brilliance of the show.
For one thing, a lot of them seem to think that getting the convoluted show biz in-jokes that others don't makes them some kind of Hollywood insiders. But getting the gag about having Henry Winkler playing jump-the-shark in invocation of his infamous Happy Days incident makes you a Hollywood insider in about the same pathetic way in which Tobias was an "actor."