Two FOX shows with cult followings return

(2013 Netflix)
(2013 Netflix)
Reported by: James Eppler
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Updated: 5/13/2013 11:30 am

There's big news on two canceled FOX series.

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That's the new trailer for season four of "Arrested," the dearly departed FOX comedy series being revived by Netflix with new episodes available May 26. This is something fans of the series have dreamed about since it went off the air in 2006. As the Netflix tagline puts it, they've "unmade a huge mistake."

FOX canceled the offbeat "Arrested" after three seasons because its numbers just weren't big enough to stay on network TV. Not only was the show a big departure from the traditional laugh track sitcoms with their easy set-ups and punchlines, it featured fast-moving plots and characters that weren't easy to warm up to. It also got passed around the FOX schedule like a 40-ounce beer at a frat party. They didn't know how to sell it, and it was hard to know where to find it. To my mind, it deserves to stand with the greatest comedies of all time like "Seinfeld."

The fourth season debuting later this month on Netflix will have 15 episodes all available at once. Fans can burn through them in one sitting if they wish.

If you've never watched it, I implore you to watch the first three seasons the streaming service now has available. There are 53 episodes across three seasons - each season's episode count got shorter, but the quality of the product never diminished. I probably wouldn't encourage anyone to just jump into season four.

The other big news is a year from now FOX will be bringing back "24." It seems as soon as the network canceled Kiefer Sutherland's drama, "Touch," they signed him to a new run as Jack Bauer. It's being called a "limited run" when it returns - 12 episodes to begin airing in May 2014. That would indicate it only covers half a day for Jack Bauer, since the show pioneered the real time style of drama. Or maybe each hour-long episode will cover two hours in the show to give Jack time to get stuck in LA traffic, take the occasional bathroom break, etc.

There were plans to take "24" to the big screen after its eighth season ended, but a script was never finalized.

I'm wildly excited about the return of "Arrested," but the last three seasons of "24" were pretty bad. I guess "Arrested" fans should be happy it never lasted long enough to get bad.

Interesting connection between the two series, which were airing at the same time on FOX and both set in California (mostly): Watch for any time the characters on either show are watching the news. It's the same FOX News anchor, John F. Beard, who plays himself.

That's some geek trivia for ya.

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