'Arrested Development': Going, going…

91013__ad_lPlease don’t shoot the messenger, but it looks like Arrested Development won’t be making the leap to Showtime. Creator Mitch Hurwitz dropped the bomb yesterday that he’s jumping ship from the brilliant but ratings-challenged sitcom, a decision that will probably put the kibosh on Arrested getting picked up by the pay-cable channel. Since you guys already (hilariously) recounted your favorite moments from the show back in the fall (dusty claptrap, anyone?) and favorite episodes back in February, let’s try looking forward, and thinking about which networks could most benefit from snatching up Arrested‘s second-to-none cast.

I’d start by sending Portia de Rossi (Lindsay) to ABC’s Desperate Housewives, which desperately needs an infusion of sexiness and bitchery, and get Will Arnett (Gob) to headline something not unwatchable in NBC’s cursed Thursday 8:30 timeslot. Let’s be honest — the guy should be a major star already. Finally, how about adding Jessica Walter (Lucille) to the cast of ABC’s Lost? Not only was she terrifying in that post-facelift turn in Maeby’s horror flick, but if you’ve seen her stalk Clint Eastwood in 1971’s Play Misty For Me, then you know she’d make a pretty convincing Other.

How would you fit the Arrested cast into the current primetime schedule?

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  • Jon

    i hate mitch hurwitz and i will never watch anything he does ever again. arrested development is the best sitcom to ever air and all 9 main cast members deserve pilots (esp. GOB, lindsay, tobias, lucille, buster, and michael). 53 episodes is not enough; the show’s incredible writing never got old. i neeeeed season 4

  • Percy Squish

    Will Arnett should definitely headline “Give Me a Breaksville.” : )
    Seriously though, I hope that all the fantastic actors on this wonderful show find great headlining jobs, especially Michael Cera, he has fantastic comedic timing. As far as I’m concerned, he could make a Teen Nick show funny.
    Still, I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to see any of them in a show without noticing the lack of the rest of the Bluths.
    TV will never be the same again.

  • Tim

    I would take David Cross and hook him up with Chappelle Show co-creator Niel Brennan for a boundry busting new sketch comedy show on Comedy Central(which without Stella and Chappelle has no good shows other than South Park in it’s 10-11 slot).
    Jeffrey Tambour and Will Arnett should star in a father son odd couple sitcom losely based on the documentary film ‘Capturing the Friedmans.’ Is that too dirty for the networks? You could throw Michael Cera in for good measure!

  • shakkahop

    i don’t want to talk about it. this is too much.

  • Charlie

    All right, so there’s no Chappelle’s Show and no Arrested Development, and ABC runs a new episode of Lost once every lunar eclipse…where has all the good TV gone?

  • Fatima

    My spring break is officially ruined.

  • Josh

    I heard a rumor that the Alia Shawkat and Michael Cera (Maeby and George Michael) may reprise the roles they play tonight in ‘Veronica Mars’ next season (assuming VM makes it to the CW). I think this is a fantastic idea, and I haven’t even seen tonight’s episode yet (or is it Wed? EW still has it in the Wed. best bets, but I thought I read it’d be Tuesdays now with maybe Wed. repeats?).

  • Ashley

    Tony Hale should be a HUGE star as well. Maybe there should be a spin-off for Buster. They could just call it “Army” and follow him around in the same psuedo-doc style.

  • Sarah C

    Mitch needs to stop toying with my emotions–that Variety article left much to interpretation. Feature film? Resurrection a la Family Guy? I need closure!!!

  • Brian

    Maybe just make an A.D. movie instead.

  • Amy

    “there should be a spin-off for Buster. They could just call it “Army” and follow him around in the same psuedo-doc style.”
    I love this idea.
    Veronica Mars moves to Tuesdays April 11. I’d love to see Michael and Alia join the cast as college classmates of Veronica’s, presuming the CW gets its butt in gear and picks up the show.
    If Portia went to Wisteria Lane, I might watch that show. I’d rather see Lindsay and Lucille team up as some sort of mother-daughter con-artist team.

  • johnathan

    Don’t talk to me, leave me alone. I mean it.

  • Karla

    Will Arnett and his wife Amy Poehler would be perfect as a husband and wife detective team a la The Thin Man.
    When they stop making goofy faces, they’re both very gorgeous. Matineee idol material there.
    Bateman needs to move over to The New Adventures of Old Christine. Actually, everyone in the cast who can fit in should go there. Then sprinkle some of them into My Name is Earl and a few in The Office. Jessica needs to have a country of her own where she is supreme empress, but Desperate Housewives could handle her scary elegant vibe.
    It’s too bad Hurwitz can’t do a Christopher Guest and create a bunch of projects revolving around this troupe. They got into such a delicious rhythm that it’s a shame to break them up.

  • bma

    David Cross should guest judge on American Idol.
    Portia should co-host the Ellen show.
    Jason Bateman should do a show with Lisa Kudrow.

  • Dave M

    I absolutely agree that Arnett and Poehler should get a husband and wife spinoff. They are hands down the funniest, highest-wattage comedy couple.

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