March 28th, 2006
There hasn’t been any news regarding Arrested Development and it’s future on TV for a while but today I was treated to an interesting article on MovieWeb. According to the site, who quotes Variety as its source, show creator Mitch Hurwitz will not be returning to Arrested Development.
This comes as a major blow since the deal for Showtime to take over the reigns depended on Hurwitz’s involvement. Currently Showtime hasn’t made a statement in response to the news. Hurwitz did mention that he is not completely withdrawing from the show as he’d like to give it the best chance possible since most of the offers to continue the show hinge in his involvement.
Executive producer/narrator Ron Howard apparently asked Hurwitz if he would continue with the show as a consultant. The creator responded that he’d be happy to do so as long as he’s not the show runner.
On a personal note, this show was one of my all-time fav’s. I was sad to hear of the cancellation but not totally surprised given FOX’s history with cult shows. The cast, writers and creators did a fantastic job in the final four episodes to nicely tie up most if not all of the show’s loose ends. Given my recent opinions on television I can safely say that at least this show went out the right way and they went out with a bang. Arrested Development will always live on through my DVD collection.