Thursday, December 01, 2005


I've been out of the office all day, and now I need to jam on some work. In my stead, here's a somewhat depressing column by one of Arrested Development's biggest fans in the mainstream media.

That Funke is some kind of something! Boy, this Funke is all anybody's ever talking about! So sick and tired of hearing about how brilliant that Funke is! Overrated!


At 4:17 PM, Blogger MDS said...

I wish he would have been more specific about the "expensive per-episode price tag." As we've discussed before, I find it hard to believe that it's more expensive than The Shield or Nip/Tuck, and if it is, they should give the cast a take-it-or-leave-it offer that involves a pay cut. It's not like Jason Bateman has a lot of leverage.

Also, I find the phrase "sloppy seconds" nauseating and feel it has no place in a family newspaper.

At 4:33 PM, Blogger The Letter D said...

I'm optimistic that with new revenue streams (i.e. DVDs, video iPod, InDemand, etc.) shows like these will be able to survive.

It may be too late for AD, though part of me hopes that Jason Bateman's surgery is part of the reason the full order wasn't placed.

I think Bateman has considerable leverage, and this is from someone who initially stayed away from the show because he was on it (he tried way too hard in Dodgeball, IMHO). He is the glue that holds that show together. He's really the only straight-man on the show. His timing and reactions are flawless.

At 4:36 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

No sloppy seconds in a family newspaper, eh? How bout in the White House press room?

And obviously we've discussed this before so I agree -- how they don't just put this on F/X is somehting I'll never understand. Even if they call me, explain it to me in full detail and repeat it until I say I get it, I will never understand. Never. No bigger shame than brilliance wasted.

Also, D, you're right about Batemen -- as GREAT as the emsemble cast is, that show would struggle without the glue that is Michael Bluth.

At 5:11 PM, Blogger ethan said...

if there's a movie bateman tried too hard in, i'd hardly say it was dodgeball. what did he have, a total of 4 minutes on camera in that flik?

bateman also has a great performance in the sweetest thing, which i thought was funny but was hated by everyone i told to see it so you probably haven't seen it.

At 5:24 PM, Blogger MDS said...

Whether or not he has leverage isn't about his importance to the show, it's about the network knowing that he doesn't have other offers. Unless someone is planning on putting The Hogan Family back on the air, I feel pretty safe in saying that Bateman would do everything in his power to keep this gig.

At 11:14 AM, Blogger Phiul said...

Agreed on Bateman all around. This ain't the same show without him. I'm an idiot because I keep holding my breath hoping that FOX will renew next season.

Anyway - this is the biggest television tragedy ever.

At 11:41 AM, Blogger Russell Kahn said...

Nice to read that The Office was renewed at least. That's probably my second favorite show on TV, or the first if AD is indeed toast.


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