Fox has announced the cancellation of Arrested Development. This comes as a shock to no one, as it was always a show far more respected than watched. And while it is a bit of a downer (I will certainly miss the half hour I spent each week with the Bluths, people I would never want to meet in real life), it’s not a tragedy. It’s not a show that needed to grow. The show said what it had to say, did what it needed to do. By the end, there will be 53 episodes if my count is correct, and that’s a lot of entertainment. They still have episodes left to bring things to some sort of conclusion (I will bet that the house finally collapses. The first two seasons are available on DVD, and the third will almost certainly be offered. And with its respect, it will almost certainly be rerun… if perhaps, after a while, only on festivals of artistic television.
So I’m not so much sad that it’s going as I am glad it was ever there.
(And now I’ll be able to say that Veronica Mars is the best thing on TV without any disclaimers!)