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cruel world

O.K., America, this is quite serious:
"Arrested Development" may have finally played its last get out of jail free card. Fox has cut back its episode order on one of TV's most critically praised shows to just 13 segs, down from 22. Skein, from 20th Century Fox TV and creator Mitch Hurwitz, has also been pulled from the schedule for the rest of the month, another sign that the network may have finally given up on trying to bring an audience to the show. [variety]
This implies that Fox tried to bring an audience to the show.

Really, they should just show the mole vs. jetpack clip over and over again until ratings improve. The funny thing is that the second season is ranked #24 on Amazon's DVD sales page [#]; so there must be some people interested in it.



At the very least, they should just finish making a full season and hope to make up the costs with third season DVD sales. It might be a brave new episodic comedy distribution model.

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Oh, and:

Michael: "They cut back our housing order from 24 to 18 houses"
Geoarge, Sr: "Those BASTARDS!"

(paraphrased from memory)
honestly, I'm not sure that I'd see a problem with them just ordering short season(s) every year. It worked for the Office, but maybe it wouldn't be enough money to keep the cast interested in sticking around from year to year?