Dear Fox Television, You Suck

by The Scarlet Harlot on November 16, 2005 · 21 comments

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As some of you may already be aware, Fox has indeed cancelled Arrested Development.  Probably to make room on the schedule for “When Jews Attack” or “Clueless Rich Sluts Act Like Snobs: Hawaiian Style!” But that’s okay, because after all why would a network want to nurture and support the best damn show on network television?  AD’s ratings haven’t been great, but of course that must be the fault of the show itself, right?  Why don’t we let AD star David Cross explain it….

It’s David Cross, so you should already know that it’s got NSFW language.

At least there are already two seasons of AD out on DVD (they’re worth it.  Go get ‘em), and rumor has it the show will be shopped to the cable networks.  It’s high production values might make it a hard sell, however.  Of course, HBO could afford it…..(hint hint)

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  • Big Perm

    Also called “the best show that you’re not watching” this show is amazingly well done.  It’s unfortunate that Fox has such idiot viewers (that will watch “stacked”) and marketeers (that promote “stacked”) that a genious show like this can’t even get the time of day despite it’s abundance of awards.

    What I see happening?  Fox boots it a sister station (FX) since they can’t stand to see someone else get ratings off of a show they can’t successfully promote.  We’ll all see a huge rise in ratings; it will get brought back to Fox where they’ll bury it in some other cockamamie line-up full of similar shows that nobody wants to watch anymore because they’ve all run their course and add new, equally unentertaining series that involve the bumbling, inept husband married to the improbably attractive wife with the children that drop one-liners like sour milk and call it entertainment.

    But, no, that wouldn’t be the way of FOX entertainment would it?  That would be ridiculous to suggest in their on-going pursuit of providing entertainment and the truth…

  • fealty2dahriyah

    hate to tell you but FX probably can’t afford the show. THAT is the death of AD, it’s way too expensive to make. it will be missed though.

    as far as stacked goes, I’m sure all they had to do for Pam is just pay for her Hep-B meds.

    and what part of fox’s audience doesn’t reek moron? this is the station that started the when animals attack and wildest police chases. they are blatant about making cheap low quality crass shit… and we love it.

  • .alphamonkey.

    That’s certainly not the death of A.D.  Fox doesn’t own the show, so the producers are free to shop it to any network, though as I said before the premium channels will probably be the only ones capable of picking up the bill…

  • labrazio

    There is no way that a premium channel, especially HBO, will pick up this show. As in the case of HBO- they have their own programming that they’re concerned about and plan on funding and I seriously doubt they would want to take a chance on a low rated show, no matter how good it is. I’m sure this whole scenario has happened before, but can anybody give me an example? If I’m wrong about this and AD gets picked up, I’ll buy alphamonkey the DVD t.v. show box set of his choice. No freakin’ way it will happen.

  • labrazio

    The Chiefs have a better chance of going to the Super Bowl than AD returning…and we all know that ain’t happenin’ anytime soon. MuHaHAHAHA.  Go Broncos.

  • Shadow Stalker

    HBO picked up Kids in the Hall, and they already have a history with David Cross.  HBO can afford to take risks, because they don’t care as much about ratings as the buzz that good shows produce.  They want to make people think they’re missing something by not having HBO.  Remember, they’re not selling ads, they’re trying to get people to subscribe.

    Anyway, I think it’s possible that HBO will take on AD as a replacement for Curb Your Enthusiasm whenever that finishes.  It’s probably not likely though, look what happened to Carnivale.

  • fealty2dahriyah

    at least Daniel Knauf is going to do 6 iron man comics in the spring

  • labrazio

    Your average t.v. viewer just doesn’t have the intelligence to appreciate Arrested Development…but you never know,Fox brought back the Family Guy(which I personally don’t care for)so it is possible that with enough DVD sales and fan outrage, AD could return- though most likely it’s over.

  • Big Perm

    You aren’t responding to your own comments are you, ‘cause that’s kinda creepy. 

    Anyway, you’ve already nailed it, Family Guy is an example of Fox renewing a show based on potential revenue from DVD sales.

    I didn’t realize that it had such high production costs – can someone explain to me just how high – how does this cost anymore to produce than, say, 24 or Nip/tuck or It’s always Sunny in Philadelphia (just so I have a comparison).

  • labrazio

    Oh it gets creepier…Anyway,AD costs about as much as 24 or Nip/Tuck or whatever- but those shows have the ratings to justify the cost. You can tell which shows are the cheap ones…like Married With Children probably costs a buck twenty-five an episode while AD costs at least five bucks. Can you dig it?

  • fealty2dahriyah

    isn’t nip tuck cancelled too? and AD is way higher… look at the cast, the director and the writers.

    and didn’t they already bring AD back once?

    and I think bringing back family guy was a ploy to transition folks into american dad.  but I appreciate such things.

  • labrazio

    I can dig it.

  • Shadow Stalker

    You can’t dig on your own “can you dig it.” That’s against the Warriors Code.

  • labrazio

    I’m sorry…I skipped the chapter on “Don’t Dig on Your Own Dig It”. Won’t happen again.

  • .alphamonkey.

    Well they certainly wouldn’t pick it up to replace The Comeback.  HBO wouldn’t want to alienate that show’s fan.

  • Shadow Stalker

    I just got it.

  • .alphamonkey.


  • Big Perm

    To the best of my knowledge nip/tuck is not cancelled but in terms of ratings I don’t see how AD could possibly meet the projected values based on the Fox marketing scheme; I for one have never seen a commercial for it, nor is it suited to Foxs’ animation conflagration line-up or buried in a Monday night program facing off against football or wrestling (I hate to say it but wrestling gets ratings).

    How is this the fault of the show.  It’s not.  Fox had a predetermined bias prior to starting the past two seasons.

  • fealty2dahriyah

    guess I’m wrong about nip/tuck, thought i read something the other day about it being booted… I guess they are just losing sponsors like toyota left and right due to PTC.

  • fealty2dahriyah
  • BADD

    Anyone not still pissed about this.

    I am stil angry. 

    (Doesn’t help I just rewatched the second season and remember why I hate Fox so much.)

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