November 10, 2005

TV Viewing Public and TV Execs Declared Brain Dead

Fox is pulling its Monday 8 p.m. hour block of comedies “Arrested Development” and “Kitchen Confidential” for the rest of the November sweeps and is replacing them with repeats of the drama “Prison Break.”

I couldn’t care less about “Kitchen Confidential” but cutting back on Arrested development is comedy heresy.

That this show is not more popular is a testament to the vast wasteland of the TV viewing audience.

Fox has not ordered a full season’s slate of episodes for either show yet and is not expected to, TV Week said.

Really. I guess people want crappy shows. I think it’s great that “Prison Break” is doing so well. It’s a fun show. But they will be showing reruns of it, instead of “Arrested Development.”

Insanity. Is it one step from cancellation?

Posted by James at November 10, 2005 7:53 PM
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Complete insanity!
"Arrested Development" is (ironically) one of the few "sane" TV-shows. This is like the cancellation of "Firefly". Does the general populous really relate to-and NEED garbage like "Biggest Looser" and "Martha's Ap." to make them feel better, instead of intelligent and thought provoking humor?
How very sad.

Posted by: TCR at November 10, 2005 9:23 PM

But wait! Maybe there'll be a 3rd Season DVD (complete with un-aired episodes) with sales numbers that will wow the execs so that they order a big-screen version that most reviewers call "funnier than 'Star Wars'" and then the execs order two more big budget "Stair Car" films. Unfortunately, has trouble shipping the soundtrack. Alan Tudyk's been through this before.

Posted by: ThirdMate at November 11, 2005 5:42 AM

(Fixed the title of this... sorry, I was in a rush when I posted earlier. They have not declared "Brian" dead. They have proven themselves to be "brain dead."

Sorry for the scare, Brian.)

Posted by: James at November 11, 2005 8:34 AM

I didn't have enough time to decide what I thought of Kitchen Confidential.

I thought this week's Arrested Developments were the funniest *ever.* Funnier than Hermano. Funnier than Lock That Down. That's serious funny.

Posted by: Julie at November 11, 2005 9:28 AM

I htink you are right. Arrested Development was (at the very least) the level best of this season this week. Even if you consider the hilarious introduction of Bob Loblaw.

And that first episode of the double episode they ran was certainly one of the best of the entire series.

Is there no justice?

Posted by: James at November 11, 2005 12:01 PM

AD has now made the final step. It's cancelled.

The article says there's a slim (but not zero) chance of it getting picked up by another network.

Posted by: Julie at November 11, 2005 12:16 PM

I was going to comment sooner, but I thought I was dead and then thought, what's the point. Then I thought that perhaps I was proof of the supernatural. You know, a dead guy typing and all. Then I got a headache and figured, dead people probably don't get those.

Posted by: briwei at November 11, 2005 2:40 PM

I haven't watched it, but have heard nothing but critical acclaim. People just don't *get* us or what we find funny. I think that has to be what it is.

Posted by: briwei at November 11, 2005 2:41 PM

What is the sound of one dead guy typing?

Posted by: Patti M. at November 11, 2005 3:31 PM

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