Might 'Arrested Development' be saved?

Fox may have given up on Arrested Development (and, to be fair, they hung in there a lot longer than the ratings warranted, Emmys or no Emmys), but might another outlet pick it up? The San Francisco Chronicle reports a rumor that Showtime could rescue the series, perhaps pairing it with Weeds.

Would that work for you, PopWatchers? Or do you have better ideas for how to prop up the Bluths’ banana stand?

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  • Tim

    I would get Showtime to watch Arrested Development, seriously.
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  • Chaim

    I would subscribe to Showtime this minute(maybe second) if they picked up Arrested Development. I would do anything to watch this show continue, especially after my first thought after hearing of its probable demise was hungerstirke.

  • eric

    i think that it woud be great if showtime picked aressted development. i always wanted the show to “go-there”, make it a little riskier and see things that could only be viewed cable.

  • jcoop

    yes, yes, yes! i’d follow it anywhere.

  • Stef

    I would definitely subscribe to Showtime to watch Arrested Development. Anything to keep the Bluths on the air!

  • Chris

    I would try and watch Arrested Development, but as long as it is still censored like on Fox which is one of the reasons it is so funny.

  • James The Greatest

    I’m with Chris. Obviously, the show would be able to push the envelope a bit more, but they MUST maintain the bleeping and blurring. It’s part of what makes the show so funny.
    Buster’s cussing tirade wouldn’t be NEARLY as funny if we had actually heard what he said.
    Plus, I’m always amused when a character lifts a coffee mug in front of their mouth as they drop an F bomb. Classic.

  • Fatima

    My theory is that everyone who watches Arrested Development is super devoted. Thus, about 90% (guess with no logical study of course) would follow to showtime. 5 million viewers may be low for fox, but its quite big for cable.

  • Dylan

    Just hurry up and cancel this crap already. I’m still bitter that the enormously awesome “Once and Again” was taken off the air in 2003. That program was outstanding and had a rabid following but that didn’t stop worthless abc from getting rid of it.

  • EP Sato

    PERFECT! A show like Arrested Development would work a million times better on a premium channel. First, it won’t matter as much if there aren’t so many viewers and second, all them swear words they use won’t be bleeped out. For a clean show like AD,the occassional potty mouthed tirades seem less impressive with the bleeping.
    No TOUCHING!

  • Stace

    Glad I’m not the only one who’s still bitter over the canceling of “Once and Again”!!! I haven’t watched ABC programming since. While I’m upset over the canceling of “Arrested Development,” it lasted a lot longer than anyone thought it would, and for that I am thrilled. That and I’m glad I taped it each week. (And bought the DVDs!)

  • Wayne

    I already have Showtime but I don’t even watch it. If ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT goes to the network, I will watch it without a doubt (I have to find out what channel it’s on on my cable, but that’s another story). It amazes me that FOX would cancel a show that has similar ratings to STACKED, MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE and THE BERNIE MAC SHOW and is willing to keep those on the air while cancelling the show that has gotten Emmys for the network (I’m sorry, what other show has been as revered and blessed with awards that has aired on FOX before…anyone?). FOX says that 4 million viewers is not enough to warrant keeping the show on the air…but what they failed to mention is that the ratings have been consistent for the 3 years the show has been on (meaning that viewers have followed it to its different timeslots). And they say that it also affected the ratings of PRISON BREAK (giving it its lowest ratings of the season). Well, AD is better suited with THE SIMPSONS rather than PRISON BREAK. I mean, they may as well schedule 24 after KING OF THE HILL and see how that does. Please, Showtime, pick up one of the best shows to ever air on TV (maybe the best one) and I guarantee you that HBO won’t be taking all the Emmys out of your hands.

  • CC

    As someone who does not have cable, I would be disappointed if A.D. moved to Showtime. A better move would be for NBC to pick it up, lose Donald Trump, and bring back the Thursday night block of comedies. Team it with “Scrubs”, “The Office”, and “My Name is Earl” and you’d have a really funny Thursday night line-up that might get people to tune in to NBC again, as long as they give the shows some time in that slot to gain some viewers. NBC might not have any interest in such a venture though, so who knows…

  • Josh

    I definitely think NBC is the best bet to go with ‘Scrubs’, ‘Earl’ and ‘Office’, but if it’s Showtime… I can’t afford premium cable right now, but at least it’d still be on so I could later rent or buy the DVDs :)

  • Jai

    NBC should be glad Fox has canceled Arrested Development. Now it can scoop it up, pair it with the Office and the Apprentice. This block would probably be watched by the wealthiest demographic. Have “Joey,” “Earl,” “Will and Grace,” and “Scrubs” as a pack of sitcomes and NBC might start recouping some of its dismal performance. And why isn’t Martha on Monday up against football?

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