December 27, 2011
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.
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.