Dying Is Easy. Comedy’s a Bitch.


by James Killough

We are developing a half-hour, single-camera comedy series for TV, so I’ve been doing research by finally watching Arrested Development, a show that ran for only three seasons with great critical acclaim but middling ratings on Fox.  It has garnered such a cult following since then—it has a nine-point-five rating out of ten on the IMDb, something I’ve never seen before—that the network has ordered another nine episodes with the original cast, which will lead up to a feature film to be released in 2013.

In the land of the venal, the one-eyed drunk is queen.

Arrested Development is very good, but it isn’t nine-point-five great.  I can only think that the inflated IMDb rating is obsessive fans clicking the ten-out-of-ten button over and over.