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FOX Chief: 'Arrested' Isn't Cancelled

Friday, February 11, 2005

12:55 PM PT

In the wake of reports that "Arrested Development" will end its season early, worried fans of the show have been besieging FOX with e-mails begging that the show be kept on the schedule.

That's not unusual; fans have mounted numerous campaigns to keep cult series alive. What is a little outside the norm in this case is that FOX Entertainment president Gail Berman has actually responded to the show's fans.

"Thank you for your e-mail and your passionate support of 'Arrested Development,'" Berman writes in an e-mail addressed to fans of the show (you can see the full text at showbiz blog Defamer.com). "While the show has finished production for its second season, contrary to the rumors you may have heard or read on the internet, it is NOT cancelled."

Earlier this week, FOX announced that the May 1 premiere of "American Dad" was moving from 9:30 to 8:30 p.m. ET -- "Arrested's" timeslot. The Hollywood trade papers also reported that "Arrested Development" would end its season before May sweeps (as it did last year) and possibly have its episode order reduced.

That has led to speculation that the show, which won the Emmy for best comedy series last fall, was on its deathbed. Berman says that's not the case: "We at FOX love 'Arrested Development' and we look forward to having the Bluth family back on FOX in the future -- hopefully for many years."

More than e-mails or campaigns to send banana-shaped stress balls to Berman -- an effort that's already raised more than $1,000 -- though, Berman says the best way to ensure the show's future is to watch it. "Arrested Development" currently draws only a little over 6 million viewers per week.

"You can help make the show a bigger success by getting as many people as possible to start watching the show," Berman writes.

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it really sucks if it is cancelled, i think it some of the most brilliant sitcom writing ever. the problem is situations with people like SkinsandTerps - a lot of people watch it once don't get and never tune in again. The show is based on a continous storyline (something i don't believe has ever been done before in sitcom history) so if you don't tune in everyweek almost all of the jokes go over your head. i think if they tried airing more repeats and gave it a better time slot they would get tremendous ratings. :D

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It is being cancelled :(


'Arrested Development' gets the ax

'7th Heaven' also ending run

Friday, November 11, 2005; Posted: 2:54 p.m. EST (19:54 GMT)

LOS ANGELES, California (Hollywood Reporter) -- Two TV families appear to be getting the boot.

The Camdens will bid farewell to viewers in May when the WB Network's top-rated family drama "7th Heaven" ends its run after 10 seasons in what sources said was largely a cost-cutting move.

The Bluth clan of Fox's ratings-challenged "Arrested Development" is also headed for the exit after Fox cut the third-season order on the Emmy-winning comedy to 13 episodes.

Also getting the ax at Fox is "Arrested's" companion on Monday, the freshman comedy "Kitchen Confidential," whose order will not be extended beyond the initial 13 episodes.

"7th Heaven," whose debut on August 26, 1996, marked the first-ever Monday broadcast of the then-fledging WB Network, will bow out as the longest-running family drama on television.

After 10 seasons, the show is still a top draw for WB, averaging 5.1 million viewers this season to date. Creatively, the show also will go out in style, creator Brenda Hampton said.

"I think this is the best season we've ever had, and we're planning a very exciting and heartwarming conclusion to the series," she said. "On the show, we talk about choosing your feelings, and we chose to feel happy and blessed to have been on the air for so long."

There is talk about a potential "7th Heaven" spinoff, but Hampton admits that would be hard to do.

"('7th Heaven') is a family show," she said. "I think the success of the show is that the family is intact with the mom, the dad and the children, so it is a very difficult show to spin off."

Sources indicated that the reasons to take "7th Heaven" off the air were primarily financial. As series age, they get more and more expensive, with the price tag especially high for a show with a large cast like "7th Heaven." The cancellation of the long-running series also comes during a process of extensive cost-cutting across all Warner Bros. divisions.

As for the demise of "Arrested," it comes just as the acclaimed comedy came back this week after a hiatus to make room for Fox's baseball coverage. The two back-to-back episodes averaged a paltry 4 million viewers Monday, sending Fox to fifth place in the 8 p.m. hour and putting a dent on the ratings of its lead-out, the rookie drama "Prison Break."

There is a possibility that the show will be shopped around, but its high cost is expected to be prohibitive for a cable network.

Fox said Thursday that it will pull "Arrested Development" and "Kitchen Confidential" off the schedule for the remaining three Mondays of the November sweep, replacing them with a rerun of the previous episode of "Prison Break" leading into an original episode of the serialized drama.

"Arrested" and "Kitchen" are set to return to their time slots with original episodes December 5, following the fall finale of "Prison Break" on November 28.

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