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‘Arrested Development’s’ Demise Seen With Mitch Hurwitz’s Exit

Mar 29, 2006  •  Post A Comment

After working for months on setting up “Arrested Development,” which Fox canceled, at a new network home, the show’s producers at 20th Century Fox TV have determined the show likely will not return.

20th Century Fox TV issued a statement Wednesday confirming that “Arrested Development” series creator and executive producer Mitch Hurwitz informed the studio that he would not return to the Emmy-winning comedy, even if it were picked up by another network.

“Mitch Hurwitz has expressed his desire to move on from ‘Arrested Development,’ and we accept his decision,” the statement read. This left slim hope that the show might return sometime in the future, it said.

“Arrested,” which ran for three seasons on Fox, was a critics’ darling and a cult fan favorite but never a ratings performer. When Fox announced it was not renewing the show for the 2006-07 season, there was speculation that Showtime might pick up the show for additional episodes. The fact that Mr. Hurwitz will not return, which Daily Variety first reported, ended hope of the show continuing.

Still, 20th said never say never.

“While there are no plans to resume production at this time, we know all too well from our experience with ‘Family Guy’-another brilliant comedy which didn’t find its audience in its first network run-that anything is possible. We’ll always be a little hopeful that this is not quite the end for this amazing show.”