Friday, February 10, 2006

Goodnight, Sweet Bluths

Set your TiVos, folks. The can't-miss event of the season is here. Brace yourself for the two-hour (Fox) series finale of Arrested Development, tonight at 8 Eastern. Yahtzee.

I refuse to write a eulogy because I know this show will be picked up somewhere. So for now, I'll just say farewell and look forward 'til that day we meet again. Bluth family, I really do love thee.

As Chuck B just pointed out, you can listen to a great interview with series creator Mitchell Hurwitz on NPR's Fresh Air right here.

Slack Link of the Day: Coach forwarded this little story over to me this morning, a fascinating 2002 bet between a blogger and a New York Timesman. The bet: "In a Google search of five keywords or phrases representing the top five news stories of 2007, weblogs will rank higher than the New York Times' Web site."

Kottke ran the numbers two years early, and sure enough, the blogs are kickin' some Grey Lady arse. I'm kinda geeky, but I personally think this is a must-read.

Slack Lede of the Day: "A Florida man hanged himself in mid-flight aboard a United Airlines plane after being accused of arson at a Miami car dealership, police said on Thursday." (This is also a must-read, some lines in this article are priceless).

Slack Song of the Day: Tea Leaf Green's Midwest run ended in Chicago on the 4th last week, and by all accounts this show was one of the best they've played. The second set is a bit hotter than the first, but the whole thing is incredible -- I listened to this yesterday and I'll probably try it again today. From the good ol' Abbey Pub in the Windy Apple, check out some dyn-o-mite TLG.


At 10:11 AM, Blogger hoobs said...

So that Florida guy killed himself because he realized he would never attain his dream of becoming a banker?

At 10:35 AM, Blogger MDS said...

And his friend was speeding to catch up to the plane and stop the suicide.

At 11:03 AM, Blogger Mr. Underhill said...

Ace - Thanks for giving the proper respect to the family Bluth. That AD is being cancelled is truly a sad statement about the intellect of Americans. If that 'hermano' episode is not reason enough alone to keep the show on the air, then here is something seriously wrong. I mean, how is there room in the budget for King of the Hill, but not AD. How is that show still on the air???

So maybe it's not making money... can't Fox just throw us a bone on this one. "Sure, we're losing money hand-over-fist, but there are a few people in the blue states that really LOVE the show, so let's just keep it on the air." That conversation would never happen - especially at Fox.

So screw you, Rupert Murdoch. And if you're is going to air a Mike Judge show, why not bring back Beavis & Butthead? Or just show Office Space over and over again in half-hour segments.

Sorry for the rant. I'm just really pissed about this.

At 11:07 AM, Blogger Trix said...

I'm shedding a tear over here, just for you.

At 11:15 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Eh, it only woulda been a $75 fine, guys.

Underhill, I just did a little search and found 24 Slack posts containing references to Arrested Development. That's about 2 percent of all our posts (I don't even wanna know the percentage that mention Phish or Trey). Not a bad ratio. I feel like I've done my part to pay respect, but hey, it's all about ratings.

I find no real comfort in the Bluths leaving Fox, although I'm fairly confident we'll be seeing the Bluths again.

Also, I definitely enjoy the fact that if you search for Gene Parmesan in Google, Slack comes up prominently: Google search of Gene Parmesan.

At 11:40 AM, Blogger ethan said...

i'm a staunch AD supporter, and i (obviously) agree it is a bad sign of america's intellect. but to be mad at a network for cancelling a show that isn't making money is ridiculous (and to expect them to make an exception because you love it is even more so). and then to say

"That conversation would never happen - especially at Fox."

is a thinly veiled attempt by a supporter of political party x to show that bad events are caused by party y even when said events have nothing at all to do with party y (or even anything political at all).

i don't know how to end this so i'll just say "ignore it! it's just something that happens to the body when shaken!"

At 12:01 PM, Blogger Mr. Underhill said...

I don't think it was thinly veiled... it was pretty blatant.

And it was just an expression of general frustration - I wasn't actually expecting a shift in Fox' business model just to save AD.

At 1:16 PM, Blogger Alex Fritz said...

Long live the Bluths

At 11:33 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Not sure if everyone caught this, but I couldn't think of a better ending than what they pulled off. Brilliance, and proof the show should continue its marvelous run.

At 8:46 PM, Blogger Seth said...

Nice thread and I liked the NPR interview with Mitch Hurwitz. Definitly a bad sign when the Hills continues to air and the Bluths don't, but that's Fox for you.
"And that's why you always leave a note"


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