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Arrested Development is a character-driven comedy television series about a wealthy but dysfunctional family, a contemporary, faster-paced variant of the series Soap. The show is presented like a documentary, complete with narration, archival photos, and historical footage. Although set in Newport Beach, California and Balboa Island, it is primarily filmed on location around Culver City and Marina Del Rey.
The show was created by Mitchell Hurwitz (The Ellen Show, The John Larroquette Show, and The Golden Girls). TV veteran Ron Howard is an executive producer and the uncredited narrator. It airs on Fox Television in the US, on the Global Television Network in Canada, The Comedy Channel and the Seven Network in Australia, on BBC 2 or 4 in the UK. It debuted on November 2, 2003.
The premise of Arrested Development revolves around the Bluth family. The patriarch of the clan, George Bluth Sr. is founder and former C.E.O. of the Bluth Company, which builds homes, among other things. George Sr. was arrested by the Securities and Exchange Commission for defrauding customers and spending too much of the company's money on "personal expenses". He was convicted and sent to Orange County Prison that, ironically, his company had built in 1983.
Meanwhile, his wife, Lucille became C.E.O. and immediately named her youngest son Buster as the new president, but he was not prepared for the rigors of the job. Michael, the middle son and twin to the Bluths' only girl, Lindsay, then was awarded control. He maintained control until he himself became the target of the ongoing investigation into the company's financial records and various dealings. At that point, eldest son George Oscar Bluth(G.O.B.) was named president.
The show focuses on the tension that developed between the members of the Bluth family due primarily to their diminished spending power. Sibling rivalries, unresolved oedipal conflicts, sexual incompatibilities, personal identity crises, adolescent trauma, aging, pride, miscommunication, lying, guilt, subterfuge, determination, manipulation, mutilation, social status anxiety, and countless other themes weave serpentine throughout Arrested Development.
Much like other dysfunctional family comedies such as Malcolm in the Middle, The Simpsons, Roseanne, and Married... with Children, the family unit is depicted as necessary for the survival of the individual. Much of the comedy comes from the quirks of the characters and the patterns that developed within the family structure.
The show is a hit with critics but has not yet gained a sizeable audience. Despite its low ratings, the series has been renewed by Fox and will return for a third season during 2005-06.
It won five Emmy Awards in 2004, including "Outstanding Comedy Series", "Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series", and "Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series" for the pilot episode. It also won the Television Critics Association Award for "Best Comedy" and "Outstanding New Series", the TV Land award for "Future Classic", and the Golden Satellite Award for "Best Comedy". Jessica Walter (Lucille Bluth) and Jeffrey Tambor (George Bluth Sr.) also won Golden Satellites for their performances.
In 2005 it was nominated for eleven Emmys and won one, "Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series", by Mitchell Hurwitz and Jim Vallely for the season two finale "Righteous Brothers". Jason Bateman also won the Golden Globe Award for "Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy" in 2005.
Due to low audience turnout and to promote their highly anticipated re-broadcast of the animated series Family Guy, Fox announced that it would halt the production of the second season at 18 episodes, 4 episodes short of the planned season. (This cutback was satirized in the episode "The Sword of Destiny", in which the Bluth Company had an order to build 22 houses reduced to 18.) Despite fears that this was a prelude to cancellation, the network defended its actions claiming that the show would fare poorly during network sweeps period, and that it was simply a procedural matter. The network has renewed the show for the 2005-2006 season.
2005 Emmy Award Nominations:
Best Comedy Series
Best Actor In A Comedy Series-Jason Bateman
Best Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series-Jeffrey Tambor
Show Description Credit: Wikipedia
|> Airing History & Information|
|Premiere||November 2, 2003|
|Episodes||40 (as of end of 2004-2005 season)|
|Format/Time||Color / 30 Minutes|
|Upcoming Airs||Not currently airing|
Byron 'Buster' Bluth
Will Arnett.... George 'Gob' Bluth II
Jeffrey Tambor.... George Bluth Sr./Oscar Bluth
Michael Cera.... George-Michael Bluth
Portia de Rossi.... Lindsay Bluth Fünke
Jessica Walter.... Lucille Bluth
Alia Shawkat.... Mae 'Maeby' Fünke
Jason Bateman.... Michael Bluth
Ron Howard.... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
David Cross II.... Tobias Fünke
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|Bateman vs. Bateman on 'Arrested Development'|
(Posted December 12, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)
If "Arrested Development" is indeed going down, then it's going down on its own defiantly left-field terms.
In the show's latest bit of inside-joke casting, Justine Bateman -- the older sister of ... [More
|Charlize Theron ‘Arrested’ by Fox comedy|
(Posted August 30, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)
LOS ANGELES - Oscar winner Charlize Theron is set to add some star power to Fox's "Arrested Development" when its third season debuts next month.
The ... [More
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