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Now the story a terrific TV show that no one watched, which drew a cult following, made stars of its cast, and the series creator working to keep them all together.
It's "Arrested Development." And it will return to the small screen for ten episodes leading up to the theatrical release of the movie that's been rumored for years.
Series creator Mitch Hurwitz made the announcement Sunday and says he has been working on the script and story for a while, but there's just too much story to tell to contain in one movie. These characters have been away for a number of years, and he wants to catch us up on what they've all been doing. Apparently, the 10 episodes produced will do that.
There's no word on where these episodes will air, or exactly when. But Jason Bateman announced on his Twitter page that filming should begin next summer with a target release for early 2013.
This is all thrilling news for the dedicated fan base, and it's even a bit cathartic. Many of us watched with disgust FOX's criminal mishandling of this brilliant show from the get-go. To quote Gob Bluth, they "made a huge mistake." The network never really knew what to do with it or how to get people to watch. In fairness, though, the most popular sitcom for the last several years has been "Two and a Half Men," so maybe it's not entirely
FOX's fault people don't like to think while they laugh. Then again, I think "Men" is produced by 20th Century FOX.
"Arrested" has grown in popularity since it was canceled in 2006 - many coming on board late to the party. You're gonna get some hop-ons. But that's why we'll be getting to see the Bluth family again.
It's a show I've re-watched a number of times, and it's so rich and layered that it manages to offer something new each time.
The only reservation for me is looking at all the things Hurwitz has done since "Arrested" went off the air. The projects he's spear-headed have been mostly pretty awful. "Sit Down, Shut Up" and "Running Wilde" both featured "Arrested" alumni, but the writing was weak.
Let's hope the terrific characters he created in the Bluths rejuvenate his creativity.
The optimist in me says the prospects are solid as Iraq... or... a rock.