Arrested Development

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  1. Jaime_Weinman

    Jaime_Weinman Supporting Actor

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    Most of the other long-running comedies on Fox don't use laugh tracks (The Simpsons, Malcolm in the Middle, King of the Hill, Family Guy, Bernie Mac Show). I really don't think Arrested Development is hurt by its lack of a laugh track; the danger of not having a laugh track is that people won't know it's supposed to be a comedy, but Arrested Development is always determinedly wacky and leaves no doubt that it's a comedy. Whatever's keeping it from being a hit (and even in the time slot after The Simpsons, it doesn't do great), I doubt it's the laugh track thing.
     
  2. R. Kay

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    Pure and Simple : Black Humor doesnt sell to the majority of American Audiences.
     
  3. Marty M

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    Sadly, I think this is true. Just look at the difference in the humor in the movie M*A*S*H and the series that followed.
     
  4. Jaime_Weinman

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    But then, of course, we have to account for the success of "Seinfeld," which was much darker and nastier than "Arrested Development" and got more popular as it got darker. The creator of "Arrested Development" has pointed out that the show is basically about a bunch of selfish people who find that, now that they're poor, they have to depend more on each other and come closer together as a family. That's a much nicer, less dark theme than "Seinfeld," where everybody was just plain selfish all the time.

    I still think that the problem is that the characters, except for Michael, don't have the average-guy appeal of Jerry Seinfeld or Homer Simpson or Ralph Kramden. And even Michael comes off as a bit too much of a wet blanket to be really appealing to a large audience.
     
  5. R. Kay

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    Seinfeld got a bit 'darker' (I use that term loosely) over the years, but it became very popular before their selfishness was extremely apparent.
     
  6. Gord Lacey

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    Okay, I LOVED this DVD set. L-O-V-E-D it.

    http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/siterevi...ReleaseID=3920

    I thought it was one of the funniest shows I've seen in a loooong time, and it got funnier watching it again (something I rarely do).

    Seriously...buy this DVD set!

    Gord
     
  7. Jaime_Weinman

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    Thanks for the review, Gord; October 19 is a busy DVD day, but this is one of the essential purchases from that day's crop. Just curious: how does the show look in widescreen, compared to the fullscreen version we see on TV (those of us without HDTV, anyway)? I don't think I've ever seen a sitcom re-purposed for widescreen on DVD, though there are probably others I'm forgetting.
     
  8. MatthewLouwrens

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    Really? Reading that review, I thought you were a bit ho-hum, I've-seen-better about it.

    (Laughs silently to himself, amused at his own little joke.)

    That is one of the most enthusiastic reviews I have ever read. Just reading it, it's like you just can't contain your excitement about the show. It was a fun read.
     
  9. Gord Lacey

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    Jaime, it looks great in widescreen. They show some fullscreen clips during one of the featurettes and I crinkled up my nose. They're getting a very nice picture out of the HD cameras they're using. I was only bothered by one or two scenes, both of them low-light, where there was a bit of noise in the picture.

    Gord
     
  10. Brad Porter

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    FX will be showing an Arrested Development marathon next Saturday (the 9th), that is scheduled for 8 hours. I don't recall if the season was 16 episodes in length, so I can't say if this is a complete reairing of the season, but here's your chance to try it before you buy it.

    Brad
     
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    Great to hear you enjoyed the set Gord. I've been looking forward to this release more than anything else the past months...even Star Wars![​IMG]

    Brad, there were 22 season one episodes so it looks like the marathon will be omitting six.
     
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    10-19-2004 -HURRY UP AND GET HERE !!!!

    This show is awesome.


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    ~Rob
     
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    So...what's up with the cover art? The original one was brilliant (IMHO). Then I recently stumbled upon a pic of Jason Bateman face cover. Why did they have to change it?! [​IMG]
     
  14. Jaime_Weinman

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    It's part of Fox's new strategy for promoting the show, which is to emphasize Bateman as the lead of the show, to signal to audiences that at the center of the show is a normal guy who they can relate to.
     
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    For 25 dollars the hype is hard to avoid. I'll be picking this one up.

    I saw 1-2 episodes and was entertainined. I'm sure a full season will get me even more interested. At least FOX seems to be sticking to this one for the moment. I'll probably be tuning in on sunday nights if I can.
     
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    If Fox can't make a hit out of this show, then Fox does not have the ability to have a hit show that is:

    A.) Not a reality show
    B.) Not The Simpsons
    or
    C.) Not an NFL Football game
     
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    Fox does well with the teen soaps also.

    Hopefully the Emmy attention and the new wave of positive reviews stemming from the DVD release bring Arrested Development the audience it needs to continue.
     
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    Just pre-ordered with the first season of "The O.C." over at Amazon. Both should get here in time for their 2nd seasons.
     
  19. Brad Porter

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    According to my updated TiVo schedule, FX has decided to run a Fear Factor marathon tomorrow instead. They've scheduled 10 episodes of Arrested Development for next Saturday (the 16th).



    So in summary, six fewer episodes, one week later, pre-empted by vapid people eating horse rectums. [​IMG]



    And Fox wonders why they can't draw an audience to this show.



    Brad
     
  20. Steve_Knutzen

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    This set is great. Like Gord said, the show looks great in widescreen. Watched the extended pilot and some o fthe other features so far. The commentary track on "Beef Consomme" was hillarious. Wish there were more than two cast commentaries.
     

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