According to something called "Watch With Kristin" on E!'s website [Ed.note—they have other writers besides humpy gossip philosopher-king Ted Casablanca over there? Color us surprised.], the
impossible extremely improbable has happened. Not only is Arrested Development supposedly coming back, but:
Though they're still dotting I's and crossing T's on the final documents, I'm told Fox network and 20th Century Fox studio are "99.9 percent of the way there" to reaching an agreement on the new season. According to these highly placed sources, it looks very likely that Arrested Development will be coming back not only for a full season of 22 episodes but actually two full seasons of 22 episodes. How freaking fantastic is that?
Kristin claims "two rock-solid Fox sources, who have never failed me before" and some coy words from Jason Bateman, who "lit up like a banana stand" when talking about the show's fate (maybe Ted Casablanca does write all the copy over there) for her scoop. If it's true, great! But we're obligated to put on our skeptic hat for a second. Two seasons? Desperate Housewives, which averages roughly 435 million viewers in the key demographic each week, only got extended for one more season. While we would never put anything this crazy-sounding past a network that makes bastards try to pick out their parents from a small mob of out-of-work actors and builds entire sitcoms around tit puns, this sounds a little extra crazy. If AD got the nearly unprecedented double-barrelled pick-up, we have to assume that new Fox head Peter Liguori secretly hates the show, and is only giving it two seasons so that he can cancel it twice.
- Development Resurrected! [E! Online]
- Previously: ‘Arrested Development’ DeathWatch: ‘AD’ Finally Canceled? [Defamer]