Posted August 26 2004 - 05:44 AM
| Pure and Simple : Black Humor doesnt sell to the majority of American Audiences. |
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.