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UPDATED!!Austin Chronicle Retracts News Of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT's Third-Season Pick-Up!!

I am – Hercules!!

Here's what appears in the current edition of something called The Austin Chronicle:

Laughs are sought in a comedy about a single woman who has a child through a sperm donor on the WB. This doesn't strike me as high hilarity, but with the production team of Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, this could potentially be another offbeat comedy in the style of Arrested Development. (For those who've been wondering, the show has been picked up for a third season).

UPDATE!! The author of the article, Belinda Acosta, said Monday afternoon she will now retract her statement about the renewal. Via email, she tells a Television Without Pity talkbacker:

I *thought* I saw it in a Fox press release. Since I can't find the release, and I, too can not confirm through official channels, I've offered a retraction in my upcoming column.

In truth, Fox will likely announce "Arrested Development's" fate when it announces its sundry line-ups in mid-May.

Read the Chronicle’s original piece here.

Save "Arrested Development"! Demonstrate to Fox the enormity of its fanbase by purchasing many many copies of its DVD!! The purchase of DVDs saved “Family Guy,” and that wasn't nearly so good!!

Sitcom season-boxes Herc recommends most highly:
The Andy Griffith Show
The Bob Newhart Show
Curb Your Enthusiasm
The Dick Van Dyke Show
Fawlty Towers
The Larry Sanders Show
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Monty Python's Flying Circus
The Office
Rocky & Bullwinkle
The Simpsons
South Park
The Tick

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  • April 25, 2005, 4:30 p.m. CST

    I need REAL horses mouth type stuff. Then I'll believe it.

    by BLADE

  • April 25, 2005, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Hmm, I read the same thing in the Topeka Weekly Shopper

    by Garbageman33

    So it must be true. Incidentally, I was so excited about the show being renewed that I almost missed a coupon for 15 cents off canned pineapple. Del Monte, no less.

  • April 25, 2005, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Oh come on

    by Avant Retard

    That's no headline for what is likely a mistake in a crappy local paper.

  • April 25, 2005, 4:47 p.m. CST


    by Spaz_Monkey

    yeah, i know i'm not first. bite me. I'm just fuckin thrilled to see that it's coming back!!!!!

  • April 25, 2005, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Unfortunately this is probably not true...

    by Jim Jam Bongs

  • April 25, 2005, 5:03 p.m. CST

    i hate arrested development

    by JackDonkey

    But at least I don't change because of my change if you hear a laugh track policy.

  • April 25, 2005, 5:07 p.m. CST


    by rdpitre

    ...but if it isn't true i'll be bluer than Tobias after someone ate all his hard-boiled eggs.

  • April 25, 2005, 5:10 p.m. CST

    In Response to the Defamer Article

    by DanielKurland

    I highly doubt that THAT is true. It's been confirmed that Fox's new president, Ligouri is a huge AD fan, he even launched the whole website and the media blitz that went on for the show (commercials that cross-promoted it with 24 and the Simpsons) towards the end of the season. At this point, as E Online has pointed out, the show will only be cancelled if Murdoch for some reason is entirely against, which I don't see happening. Things look good for a renewal, but this news post in no way convinces me, and even E Online has made mistakes (remember when they confirmed that Angel had signed on for a season 6?)

  • April 25, 2005, 5:29 p.m. CST

    This is a good news/bad news scenario

    by FrankDrebin

    The bad news is that Howard's & Grazer's attention will be divided between 2 shows. That way, if AD gets axed, they'll already have another show in the pipeline. (What's it called? "Love That Sperm"? "Mystery Dad"? "Ut3rus"?)

  • April 25, 2005, 6:12 p.m. CST


    by HypeEndsHere

    Aww, fuck.... (pinches fingers) By THAT much.

  • April 25, 2005, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Bad News/Bad News Scenario

    by DanielKurland

    Attention will be split, and apparently, many peopel ahve e-mailed the writer of the article, asking for his source, and he claims it was in a FOX press release that he can no longer find...he's printing a retraction. The show probably isn't cancelled, but this article is unrelated.

  • April 25, 2005, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Great News

    by Black Satin 2

    So Arrested Development is brought back. I think Fox made a biiiiiiig mistake putting it on their 'animation' block. How can people expect it to last if it comes on at a time when people expect The Simpsons, King of the Hill, and now Family Guy. Nobody wants to be bombarded with so many cartoons and then expect to sit still and watch adult, sophisicated and sometimes, juvenile comedy on Sunday night. Fox needs to program equal comedies in a sophisicated block and maybe they can build ratings the right way.

  • April 25, 2005, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Laugh Track

    by Avant Retard

    I'm currently working on adding a laugh track to my Season One DVDs which I uploaded to my computer. It's going to rule.

  • April 25, 2005, 7:32 p.m. CST


    by John-Locke


  • April 25, 2005, 8:04 p.m. CST

    So does this Austin Chronicle reporter also write for AICN?

    by Jim Jam Bongs


  • April 25, 2005, 9:29 p.m. CST

    So I ruined a perfectly good pair of undershorts for nothing?

    by Dr. Meirschultz

    Someone needs to get axed in the head for that shit.

  • April 25, 2005, 9:32 p.m. CST


    by d8cam

    This show is for dumb people that don't know what the hell they are talking about... The humor is so awful that I threw up all over my TV

  • April 25, 2005, 10:06 p.m. CST

    d8cam BLOWS CHUNKS

    by IRuleAll

    His comments are for dumb people that don't know what the hell they're talking about...His taste is so awful that I threw up all over my monitor.

  • April 25, 2005, 10:17 p.m. CST


    by Dannychico

    eat it, slowpokes!

  • April 25, 2005, 10:21 p.m. CST


    by d8cam

    lol i got a laugh out of your reply, i didnt even think anyone would reply directly :)

  • April 25, 2005, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Please!! Stop!! Using!! Exclamation!! Points!! After!! Every!! D

    by Mister Man

    And a little bit of "wanna" goes a long way.

  • April 25, 2005, 10:56 p.m. CST

    I read that...

    by rentfn

    I heard that it was going to be picked up. But i can not remember where from. It was a blurb on E-news i think. But my dreams might have leaked into my head

  • April 25, 2005, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Attention split?

    by Dijonase24

    I'm not sure that I understand why AD would suffer if Grazer and Howard were to produce another show. Neither one of them wrote or directed a single episode, as far as I know. I'll be the first to admit that I don't know exactly what a producer's role would be in developing a television show, but it doesn't seem to me that AD would depend on Grazer and Howard on a day to day basis. Someone like Mitch Hurwitz on the other hand, who created the show and wrote a good number of the episodes, would be a huge loss. Besides, it's not like Grazer and Howard don't have other irons in the fire as it is. Cinderella Man, which comes out in June, was directed by Howard and produced by both Grazer and Howard. I guarantee they were working on it while the second season of AD was in the works. For that matter, I guarantee they were working on other projects when the first season of AD was in the works. Now if Hurwitz and a handful of other AD writers are woking on the new Grazer/Howard show then I'll have to worry about the quality of future AD episodes (if there even are any).

  • April 26, 2005, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Come on people...

    by keepthepeas

    This Arrested Developement hating is really getting to me. I don't really know why. Personally, I love the show. And anyone who doesn't like the show, for some reason I loose respect for. But that doesn't really matter, because in the end all that matters is if you like the show or not. And to be honest, when you like a show, it's annoying when people are talking shit about it. It's like when you're eating something, and someone looks over your shoulder and says something like, "ewww... that looks disgusting" and the first thing you want to do is look that person in the eye and tell them to "SHUT THE FUCK UP!" But I'm tryin to be nicer than that. I've come up with a solution. Everytime you feel like saying something... I mean typying something hateful and uninformative, just jack it. Whip it out and start masturbating, if you're a girl do whatever you do. I am sure that will cause you more pleasure than talking shit on a message board. And you people that really like to talk shit, think of all the masturbation you'll be able to do! I'll be great, and maybe even productive. Alright well, that's all I have to say right now.

  • April 26, 2005, 12:51 a.m. CST


    by Darquon

    You hopelessly ignorant shitbirds who dislike AD are a bunch of mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging, dirt-worshipping, motherless humps. You betray your breathtaking ignorance with your every post and you should all shut the fuck up. Go back to watching House or JAG or whatever the fuck you pathetic, fat-ass, bucktoothed cocksuckers do. You're probably too busy fucking your sisters and eating mayonnaise sandwiches to read this. And if you did you wouldn't know what half of it means. Ignorant motherfuckers. You should all get cancer of the eyes. Now get back to jacking to the furry porn, you booger eating retards.

  • April 26, 2005, 1:07 a.m. CST

    So what if Belinda Acosta made an error

    by drakeavenue

    it happens, big deal. When I read it originally in the article my eyes lit up with excitement. I'm sure, though, that the news will be validated soon anyway. Oh, and just so you non-Austin people know, The Austin Chronicle, is not a bad piece of weekly local journalism. Don't let this mislead you. Other news publications in Austin (cough - Austin American-Statesman - cough) I'm often not so sure about.

  • April 26, 2005, 1:48 a.m. CST

    "First"? You blew it . . .

    by HanFiredFirst

    After typing FIRST in the subject you should have said "I retract that" in the comment. Dammit, I'm not gettin' paid to write other peoples' gags.

  • April 26, 2005, 1:51 a.m. CST

    d8cam BLOWS CHUNKS

    by cornstalkwalker

    I second that. AD is the shit and you are shit for brains if you don't like it.

  • April 26, 2005, 1:54 a.m. CST

    AD Haters (again)

    by Hamtaro_Hentai

    If you don't 'get it' fine, don't watch. I understand. I don't understand the hate of the show though, I guess I thought the people here at least might appreciate the fact that something a little different might be on. Oh well, I guess you must really like your 'stupid sluts being filmed show' and your 'American Karaoke Contest.'As far as Arrested Development, well, it's the funniest show on TV. By Far. Blow me, haters.

  • April 26, 2005, 2:12 a.m. CST

    I'd just like to say, regarding the withdrawl...

    by Spaz_Monkey


  • April 26, 2005, 2:59 a.m. CST

    Hey! Fox Replaced it with STACKED, what more do you want?

    by ZeroCorpse

    I mean come on--- Who wants intelligent, insightful comedy when we can have a laugh-track, jibe-fest like STACKED. I mean, you get to look at cleavage and everything! Wooooo! (note sarcasm)

  • April 26, 2005, 4:26 a.m. CST

    anyone who doesn't like the show, for some reason I loose respec

    by Krangelus

    not to poke fun at u, but "loose" ? lol Arrested Development should be cancelled. Stacked is 5 times better.

  • April 26, 2005, 9:09 a.m. CST

    I'm not a hater.

    by HypeEndsHere

    I've simply seen the show on 3 occasions and did not enjoy it. I "get it". It's just not for me. I have a tough time with shows where EVERY character is wacky. And if only I liked crap like Friends and American Idol, your arguments would be more effective. I'm sorry. And (aside from Alan Partridge on BBCAmerica) Curb is the best comedy on television right now. For me.

  • April 26, 2005, 12:35 p.m. CST


    by keepthepeas

    not to poke fun at myself, but when I wrote that whole thing I was really high. I'm suprised I was able to put sentences together. Oh and Kragelus, not to poke fun at you, but it's pretty lame to point out a spelling error on the internet. But remember that I'm "not poking fun at you" I'm just saying this so that you become a better man/women, and we can grow from this experience.

  • April 26, 2005, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Didn't Seinfeld Need 4 Seasons to Click?

    by Jervis Tetch

    AD is almost in Seinfeld's league -- it has the same kind of lovable jerk characters, etc. But "Seinfeld" was low-rated and unseen for a few years before word of mouth clicked. Fox should think about this.

  • April 26, 2005, 3:23 p.m. CST

    AD is awesome

    by Gilda Mundson

    It has it's own rhythm, and, as we've noted many times on AD fansites ( being the best), it usually takes 3 episodes for people to get it. And then they love it. And d8cam, to quote Arrested Development, "It just makes me want to puke all over your head, sir!"

  • April 26, 2005, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Ron Howard's narration is not good

    by VatoLoco

    He ruins the show

  • April 26, 2005, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Seinfeld comparison

    by Avant Retard

    The Seinfeld comparison is not very useful considering Seinfeld kind of sucked when it first went on air and took a while to work out the kinks. AD is the best right out of the gate. The network looked at Seinfeld and said that it just needs time and trust Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David to bring it to full speed. Fox may be looking at AD saying that this is great, award winning ect. but if it's not going to draw an audience now it never will.

  • April 26, 2005, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Stacked not only has a laugh track, it has a laugh rack!!

    by cookylamoo

    and first, just cause it's fun to say.

  • April 26, 2005, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Just heard on CNN...

    by slone13

    In a statement just released by the Surgeon General, doctors have confirmed that the people who don't like Arrested Development are actually not smart enough to even understand it. On account of them being so stupid, their brain takes their confusion and manifests it into dislike for the show. So basically, in a nutshell, if you don't like AD, you're officially a moron. Thank God we have idiots like you on this planet. Otherwise us intelligent people would have no one to be smarter than.

  • April 26, 2005, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Fox Executives are morons... they'll cancel it....

    by Russman

    Just like they did to Profit. The show is to good to be on Fox anyway. HBO or Comedy Central should have some balls and relieve Fox of the "burden."

  • April 26, 2005, 8:07 p.m. CST


    by IRuleAll

    Come on guys, let's give him credit for having a sense of humor about himself. That's muy rare on here.

  • April 26, 2005, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Arrested Development is hilarious. If you don't like it, there'

    by Bino White

    Seriously. There plenty of shows that are actually bad that you could hate on. Why choose one of the few good ones?

  • April 26, 2005, 10:05 p.m. CST

    check the official website...

    by pre10d

    it states that Arrested Development will return this summer. whatever that means.

  • April 27, 2005, 10:22 a.m. CST

    the same ppl who hate Arrested Development...

    by JohnGalt2005

    are the same ones who orgasm all over Family Guy, a show that can only be enjoyed by people who somehow survived their mothers' attempts to abort them. I guess that's what having a coat hanger shoved up your ear will do to you.

  • April 27, 2005, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Summer eps

    by Gilda Mundson

    The summer eps are reruns. Could be an altruistic attempt to introduce the show to a wider audience during a less competitive part of the year, could be a cynical attempt to boost DVD sales.

  • April 27, 2005, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Sorry JohnGalt...

    by Sean38 could not be more wrong. Some of us (a lot of us I'd venture) love BOTH Arrested Development AND Family Guy. They're very different things but both equally funny. In fact, I'd wager Family Guy is actually funnier, though that's only because it throws a joke at you about every 10-20 seconds. Sure they're different animals, but boith are funny in their own way. Family Guy with its non-sequiter pop culture references and Arrested Development for its humor derived from dense plotting. It IS possible to enjoy both Annie Hall AND Old School, Star Trek AND Star Wars, Marvel AND DC. This misplaced fanboy loyalty to a thing that somehow equates to having to hate something else is borderline retarded.

  • April 27, 2005, 3:46 p.m. CST

    My favorite current sitcoms are Arrested Development, Family Guy

    by Bino White

    All of them manage to be smart, well-written and fucking hilarious. And if I see a post with somebody spewing hate and random invections for no reason, I stop reading and move on, because they're the sort of humorless losers that I despise. You ever bwonder why Kevin Smith mocked you in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back? Well, there was a very good reason for it.

  • April 27, 2005, 8:27 p.m. CST

    For many who don't like AD, you DON'T get it

    by hktelemacher

    Not because you're stupid, but because nearly every joke is some kind of runner - built up from previous episodes. I've noticed that most people who are really vocal about how much the show sucks have only seen it a couple of times. Watching an episode, cold from the rest of the run, is like suicide. I think the creative staff, under pressure to secure more ratings, made things much broader than season one - but the show is constantly referencing itself and piggy backing jokes and repeating patterns. As much exposition as the narrator spouts and as much as they flash back to things - the unfamiliar will be lost. Personally, I don't see this as a creative weakness - just a business one. Those who occasionally tune in won't see that a lot of the more ridiculous elements make a lot of sense in the bigger scheme of things. It's not indulgent given the documentary style format, with every episode building onto one story rather than having self-contained ones. If you watch it all together it makes sense. I wouldn't keep coming back to a show that was lost on me, so I think the only people really digging it are those who watched from the beginning or caught up with the DVD. An example from the season (series?) finale that would fall flat if not for their set up would be the constant flashing (Kitty, Lucille, then Tobias) - on it's own it just seems like random silliness but this is a joke that goes all the way back to the first season. It's a lot of controlled chaos and I see the drawbacks - but it offers a much more challenging and therefore more rewarding experience. It's not for smart people, it's for committed people.

  • April 27, 2005, 9:11 p.m. CST


    by HypeEndsHere

    well put. from your subject line i was about to launch into a tirade about how i'm a pretty intelligent individual that doesn't happen to like AD. but your description was certainly fair and valid. i think asking a Fox viewer to invest 10 hours in a series is a little unreasonable. but in all fairness, a single episode should contain enough to keep the casual viewer interested and come back for more. i fall into the category of having heard the hype, coming in part way through the second season, and not watching more than 3 episodes. every character seemed wacky (probably had i seen it from the beginning, i'd understand everyone's handicap, and the realationship between all the characters). frankly, i moved on to greener pastures, but i don't believe you should cancel a show without telling the public about the better show that's going to fill it's timeslot.