DEVELOPMENT UN-ARRESTED:
CANCELLED SITCOMS MEET STREAMING SERVICES
Max Dosser
1.1 Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth in Arrested Development, “Flight of the
Phoenix”
There was an outcry from an admittedly small group of
viewers on February 10, 2006, when the series finale of the Emmy-
award-winning comedy series Arrested Development aired. The
sitcom had been cancelled by FOX during its third season. This
came as no shock because the series, while critically loved, had low
ratings. Still, its audience wanted more, and so did the creative team
behind Arrested Development (2003-). Their discontent emerges
through the dialogue in the show when George Bluth Sr. (Jeffrey
Tambor) and Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) discuss who will buy
their failing company. Michael tells him they have not been
“bought by HBO” (the Home Buyers Organization), so his father
responds, “I guess it’s Showtime.” This is a thinly veiled comment
on how HBO passed on the show, but Showtime seemed like a
viable option. Despite the potential interest, creator Mitch Hurwitz
decided not to move the show to another network and end the
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