Arrested Development to Showtime?

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  1. Dec 14, 2005 #1 of 108
    Rob Helmerichs

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    I found this message from one of AD's producers on another board, with no citation of its original source:

     
  2. Dec 14, 2005 #2 of 108
    Chapper1

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    This would be the best Christmas present ever! I hope this is what Santa brings us for Christmas!!

    Showtime would get themselves many new subscribers to help pay for that production cost...
     
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    Lee L

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    I would re subscibe to Showtime for this if I was not a sub already.
     
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    NoThru22

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    I'm a big fan of the show, it's my favorite, and I want to be an optimist, but no, no they wouldn't (get many new subscribers.)
     
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    KalaPela

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    I would subscribe to Showtime to see AD.
     
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    MikeMar

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    That would be awesome! Lets go showtime!
     
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    bigcb37

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    I'd be a new subscriber if this went down. No doubt.
     
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    michad

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    I will subscribe to Showtime to watch AD.
     
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    mrpantstm

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    I would poop myself if this happened.

    and totally pickup showtime :D

    wonder if the lack of censor beeps would detract from the comedy. Like when Buster goes off about his mother in season one and Michael, Job, and Lindsey are shocked by how explicit he is. :) I guess they could just include the beeps :)
     
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    Gunnyman

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    same here
    I cancelled showtime when they cancelled "Dead Like Me" I'll be back if they bring AD there.
     
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    DevdogAZ

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    I won't subscribe to Showtime if they pick up AD, but I'll be thrilled and will anxiously await the release of the Showtime eps on DVD.
     
  13. Dec 14, 2005 #13 of 108
    doom1701

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    I've wondered this as well. I don't think it's as funny to hear the words, as it is to hear the beep.
     
  14. Dec 14, 2005 #14 of 108
    Rob Helmerichs

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    I doubt they would take out the bleeps. They aren't there to mask dirty language; they are there as a joke in their own right.
     
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    Lee L

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    DougF

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    No question about it. I'd subscribe to Showtime for this.

    However, I'd like to see the show remain intact. Meaning, the beeps and commercial breaks.
     
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    cwoody222

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    Pair this with Weeds for a great comedy block on SHO!

    I hope, hope, hope this is true. But I also hope they keep the show intact (with bleeps).
     
  18. Dec 14, 2005 #18 of 108
    Frank_M

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    Stories like this... and interest from other networks should clue Fox in that it might need to find a way to keep it.

    Fact is, the show IS expensive, and it will never draw great ratings... but networks spend alot of money each year on bad shows which lose money... why not just consider this a "loss leader"? It's a show that brings the network universal acclaim from critics... and engenders tons of good will.


    Regardless, though, I haven't subscribed to Showtime in years, but I'll be right back in there if they grabbed AD.
     
  19. Dec 14, 2005 #19 of 108
    cancermatt

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    Four things I found noteworthy in the Variety piece:

    ABC as a network is DESPERATE (pun intended) for a hit comedy, and at least one with a built-in audience, and may be really interested.

    All of a sudden, either Showtime or CBS (which isn't mentioned, but is a possibility) could be interested since Les Moonves oversees both CBS and Showtime and has proven track record of reviving JAG among other fading shows from another network.

    Episodes are expensive, which is the main reason FOX downgraded its season order without ratings. Should the show switch networks, it's a win-win situation, most likely requiring 22 or more episodes per season (good for the fans) and helps to get to syndication (good for the networks) and added replay value and even helps along with DVD sales (good for everyone).

    Since the show is "unofficially" cancelled, no word can be made as of yet on any moving of networks. EVERYTHING is conjecture and idle rumors until that time.
     
  20. Dec 14, 2005 #20 of 108
    Chapper1

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    If Fox would consider this a loss leader, they more than make up for it from shows like American Idol, 24, House. I don't really care who pickes it up, as long as someone does. And I will follow it anywhere.

    So far, there are seven people here who would pick up new subscriptions to Showtime. It may sound strange, but the AD watchers are a very loyal bunch...
     

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