Tuesday, November 15, 2005

BLUTH WATCH From the San Francisco Chronicle's TV column:
Q: What are the chances someone else will pick up [Arrested Development] and save it?

A: Not good. "Arrested Development" would be a lovely addition to HBO, but the pay cable channel has said it will take no one's "sloppy seconds." Given the poor ratings and expensive per-episode price tag, no network or basic cable channel is likely to make a play for it. However, there is an intriguing rumor of a suitor: Showtime.

This idea actually makes sense. Showtime has been making great strides in its programming department, but the audience is still lacking. A name series that might prompt die-hard fans (are there any other kind left for "AD"?) to subscribe would be an enticing option. The idea is that "AD" might pair well with "Weeds." And no matter how you get it -- by developing it yourself or snatching it fully built off the discard pile -- a great series is a great series, period.
Showtime can be reached here.

CONTRAPOSITIVE is edited by Dan Aibel. Dan's a playwright. He lives in New York City.