Rumor Control: 'Arrested Development' on Showtime

134332__jbateman_lThere have been a lot of reports on the Web and in print over the last few days saying it’s a done deal that Showtime is rescuing Arrested Development from its abandonment by Fox.  TVtattle, however, directs us to this statement made yesterday by a Showtime spokesperson, telling the Cleveland Plain Dealer it’s not true, and that negotiations are still continuing for the premium cable channel to pick up the sitcom. Cross your fingers, Bluth fans, and hope that the unconfirmed reports of 26 new AD episodes come to pass.


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  • Ep Sato

    I say keep the rumors flying! The more the buzz gets around, the more likely them Showtime folks’ll get curious about that Funke character everyone’s always talking about.
    COME ON!

  • E R

    Please let this be true! Not ready to let this one go…

  • Paul U.

    what a fun, sexy time for Showtime!

  • Smack of Ham

    So, Showtime is the new Fox, and, is it me, or is Showtime looking hotter than ever?
    Long Live AD!

  • Dave

    I would have been all for this before I saw the season finale. The “Development Arrested” episode wrapped things up too perfectly for the show to get up again, in my opinion. Not to say that the writers couldn’t continue their brilliance on another network, but I was really happy with the “ending” they gave us.

  • maria

    Love the show, but I’m not going to get Showtime for it. Part of the greatness of the show is the word “bleeping” and the stretching the limits of what can be shown on Fox. Taking it to Showtime would just make it raunchier and that’s not fun.

  • Tim

    I have to agree with Dave. The show ended on a high note, the storylines wrapped up. It may be difficult to restart after the finale.

  • Ali Baba Ghanoush

    Lettuce suppose that AD is rescued by Showtime. This does not necessarily mean that because Showtime (and the Home Builder’s Assoc, for that matter) allows swearing and bloody hand-stumps to go unblurred that AD will automatically change with that. If there’s one show that stays true to its fans (who seem to prefer the blurring and beeping), it would be Arrested Development.

  • jacquard!

    I thought the finale ended things great. I agree that it would be foolish to try and restart it after some many people have already accepted its’ demise.
    Sad but true. :(

  • Howard

    As great as the wrapup was for AD, if anyone can restart the ball rolling, it’s Mitch Hurwitz. Besides, they can still bleep to their hearts’ content, even if the language is allowed.

  • Dre

    This show is retarded. How it lasted on the air as long as it did only proves how stupid people are in this country. Not only should this show not see the light of day, it should be buried 80 feet deep for good measure!

  • Jenn

    Personally, I’m stoked that AD might be picked up. Whatever low life moron thinks that AD is/was a waste of air space should consider what other crap gets on TV these days. Some people just can’t recognize real talent and exploration of human behavior. True, it’s going to be difficult to bring back some of the same story lines after the finale, but it isn’t like everything was tied up, packaged and shipped off in a way that it can be resurrected. I hope that the show will at least get picked up by Showtime and that at least someone will appreciate good witty humor and not sick body humor that does nothing but degrade audiences.

  • Linda

    The neat and tidy AD ending could be explained away easily enough…wasn’t it Pam Ewing who awoke from a dream that erased an entire season of “Dallas” storyline?
    I am an HBO subscriber, but will drop them like a hot rock if Showtime picks up AD!

  • theBigE

    I read somewhere that Hurwitz would keep the bleeping and the blurring if the show got picked up by cable. However, I too agree that the “Development Arrested” episode pretty much wrapped up the series, and I can live with that.

  • Ryan Johnson

    I cannot understand people who think the show is “wrapped up” after the season three finale. FOX cut Season three short by 9 episodes, and they wrote the last episode so that it could serve as a *possible* final episode if a deal couldn’t be worked out.
    But last time I checked, the Bluth family still had lots of cliffhangers to deal with– Buster’s in the ocean with the loose seal, Lucille’s about to be arrested by the SEC, Lindsay just found out she’s adopted and 40, and Michael and George Michael discover that Pop-pop was stowed away on their getaway boat! Not to mention that Kitty stole George’s frozen sperm in Season Two, Maggie Lizer just found out she was pregnant with Michael’s baby last time we saw her, GOB is dating AnneHog…. And what about all the other great characters we haven’t heard from in ages? Barry Zuckercorn? Gene Parmesan? Ice? Lucille 2? Uncle Jack? Carl Weathers?
    Anyone who thinks this show is *over* just because FOX says it’s over deserves a Free Ride on The Loop….

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