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After hearing a lot about this show, I finally rented season 1, disc 1. This is fantastic. Perhaps about 10% misses (such as the over-use of "Christmastime"). The rest is pure genius. The running Blue-Man-Group gag was just exquisite....

Woa, woa: Season 1, disc 1? Are you sure? Assuming you're talking about Charlie Brown's "Christmas Time Is Here" above, that was season 2, episode 4 ("Good Grief"). And I'm not completely sure, but I don't think the Blue Man Group bit started until the beginning of season 2 either.

But, um, yeah, regardless: Welcome to the greatest comedy in the history of television.

Dale

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Last night was the greatest ending to any television episode ever. I am not hyperbolizing.

Dale

I still need to see Season 2!

I'm taking care of that this weekend, although Dale's message about a Season Three episode supercedes his earlier, repeated claims in this thread that the final episode of Season Two was the best episode of TV ever.

I'll settle for second-best episode ever.

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This is fantastic. Perhaps about 10% misses (such as the over-use of "Christmastime").

Wrong! The slumped-shoulders "Christmastime" walk is priceless.

I started watching this a few months ago and finally finished up, oh, in mid-July.

My vote for funniest TV show ever. It's also funnier than maybe (Maeby?) any movie I've seen either. I started re-watching season 1 with some friends, and you pick up so much more the second time around. Some of my favorite running gags:

-"Steve Holt!"

-The Blue Man Group subplot, and the blue paint that pops up in random places.

-The giant mole vs. rocketman battle, which might be the funniest thing I've ever seen in my life.

-"Drug delivery! Did you order some marijuana?"..."Oh my God, it's some cops! And a construction worker!"

-For British Eyes Only.

-The Mexican men storming after GOB after he does his chicken dance.

-The fact that Eve Holt's yearbook captions are exactly the same as her son's.

-"Her?"

-Hot ham water.

-All of the Andy Griffith jokes in season three.

-I laugh daily about Bob Loblaw (and his law blog).

-GOB's Segway.

-The hop-ons on the stair truck (esp. those in prison).

-White Power Mike. ("But...I'm white!")

-"No touching!"

-The very literal doctor.

I could go on and on.

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I don't think we have an "Arrested Development" thread in the Film area, so this goes here.

'Arrested Development' Film Gets Closer

The "Arrested Development" feature has moved closer to reality, with Mitch Hurwitz and Ron Howard reportedly closing deals for the long-gestating project from Imagine and Fox Searchlight.

If they keep all the principals together, I don't see why we should think the film will be anything less than great. I know that's not the best way to approach these adaptations, which so often disappoint, but I'm hopeful.

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I think the show ended on a good note, so I'm a little wary of an attempt to revive it (as good as it could be). If it were a prequel...maybe that would work.

Anywho, I love how the comment section of that article immediately descends into a collection of one-liners from the show. "Annyong!"

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I only hope they keep the "television" standards. Bleeping profanity and so on. It seemed the show was tailored to take advantage of the network censors. It would be a shame to lose that.

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Rumor -- and actually, I think Hurwitz has confirmed it -- is it there's a holdout among the main cast, possibly Cera, possibly Portia. The latter you could do the film without; the former, no.

Dale

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Rumor -- and actually, I think Hurwitz has confirmed it -- is it there's a holdout among the main cast, possibly Cera, possibly Portia. The latter you could do the film without; the former, no.

I've read in several places that it's Cera. I've also read a few other un-related pieces where Cera has stated that he wants to get out of acting all together. I'm betting this is the case. (If I were a betting man, that is.)

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Do we even want the movie version any more?

The potential barriers facing an Arrested Development movie are numerous, but there are two major questions worth addressing. First, do we really want one? Against all odds, the show's writers managed to tie up the show's numerous, complex character arcs in the series finale, and as it stands, all major plot points have been resolved.

And second, given Hurwitz's post-AD track record (including his mediocre new comedy Running Wilde), would the movie even be good?

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Do we even want the movie version any more?

The potential barriers facing an Arrested Development movie are numerous, but there are two major questions worth addressing. First, do we really want one? Against all odds, the show's writers managed to tie up the show's numerous, complex character arcs in the series finale, and as it stands, all major plot points have been resolved.

And second, given Hurwitz's post-AD track record (including his mediocre new comedy Running Wilde), would the movie even be good?

Honestly? This is a very, very good question.

Edited by Jason Panella

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A couple years ago, I would have said "YES!" But now, I don't know. As far as Hurwitz's track record, I found "Sit Down, Shut Up" to be tight, clever, and funny (putting me in the minority, apparently), but "Running Wilde" is just not very good. Also, just hearing about Michael Cera's reluctance to reprise the role that gave him ALL of the mannerisms that he has carried into every single role since irritates me. I don't think I could enjoy Cera as George-Michael again.

As it stands now, "Arrested Development" is almost perfect in my book. A crappy movie would definitely tarnish its legacy. I'd find myself recommending it to people with: "Yeah, I know, the movie was awful, but you should still get the DVDs of the show." I don't want that.

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Movie rumors are starting up again.

Actor Will Arnett, who starred as G.O.B. on the 2003 – 2006 Fox comedy series, claimed that the film is in the works and should be in theaters next year.

Arnett’s confirmation on a recent episode of the WTF with Marc Maron Podcast is just the latest in a series of rumors surrounding a film since the program went off the air in February 2006.

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Boston Herald:

Major news for all my fellow NeverNudes out there. It was just announced at the New Yorker Festival that Arrested Development is returning to TV for one last “limited” season before making the film adaptation of the critically acclaimed, cult favorite show.

Show creator Mitch Hurtwitz made the announcement at the festival, which reunited the entire cast. A source from the audience at the festival claims on Twitter that “Limited run tv series would allow exposition for what each character has done for past 5 yrs then movie screenplay can jump right in.”

Even with this kind of announcement, I'm still in "believe it when I see it" mode.

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A ten-episode run and then a movie? Wow. That's not what I expected. Part of me wants to play the cynic, but I'm such an unabashed fan of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT--for my money, it's the best TV comedy ever made--that I can't help but be excited at the thought of seeing everybody back together again.

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A ten-episode run and then a movie? Wow. That's not what I expected. Part of me wants to play the cynic, but I'm such an unabashed fan of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT--for my money, it's the best TV comedy ever made--that I can't help but be excited at the thought of seeing everybody back together again.

I'm with you, Ryan. Even if this actually happens, I'm also scared that the awesomeness of Arrested Development's three seasons was a fluke.

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A ten-episode run and then a movie? Wow. That's not what I expected. Part of me wants to play the cynic, but I'm such an unabashed fan of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT--for my money, it's the best TV comedy ever made--that I can't help but be excited at the thought of seeing everybody back together again.

I'm with you, Ryan. Even if this actually happens, I'm also scared that the awesomeness of Arrested Development's three seasons was a fluke.

Mitch Hurwitz's post-Arrested career would certainly give one that impression!

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I'm an AD fan divided here. I want this to be true, yet I'm scared it'll be terrible. Also, there has been so much talk of movies, etc since the show ended, I'm scared to get my hopes up. Although, admittedly, this announcement appears to be more of an official declaration than anything we've previously heard.

I just wish this was as egg as the nose on plain's face.

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