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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.


I like your theory about hiding the show from sweeps to save it. Believing that will really help with my denial.

I totally agree with your confusion about FOX's treatment of the show. I can't remember seeing an advertisement for it or hearing about any of the cast members being on talk shows to promote it.

With all of the people downloading, watching shows on TiVo, or waiting for DVD, it really seems like there should be a better measure of a show's success than what 1,000 Nielsen families are watching for a few weeks a year.