I love Arrested Development.  I think it is the funniest, smartest sitcom that has been on television.  I signed both petitions when Fox was trying to take it off the air, and to this day I resent that it was canceled after only 3 short seasons.  I am forever quoting lines from it, so much so that I sometimes don’t even realize that I’m doing it.  I’ve watched all 3 seasons more times than I can count.  I love it, I miss it, and I probably always will.

It launched the career of the very talented Michael Cera, brought Jason Bateman back onto the scene, and, well, the whole damn cast is just so talented and awesome.

And it is because I love it so much that I think that the plans for making an Arrested Development movie should be forever canceled.  Four years have elapsed since the show was canceled and talk of the movie still lingers on the web.  Initially I was pulling for it, waiting for it, hoping for it.  But as time has gone by I’ve grown up, gained wisdom and I now think that if you love something, you should let it go.  The fact is that the movie could suck, in spite of the good intentions and massive talent of all involved – it could suck, hard (think of the sadly disappointing X-Files: I Want to Believe).  And if it did in fact suck – I don’t think I could handle it.  I runs the risk of tainting 3 brilliant seasons of on point comedy genius.

We have to let it go.  Keep watching the DVD’s, keep appreciating it, and keep hoping that TV comedy someday gets even close to that kind of greatness again.  Fox should forever feel like they’ve “made a huge mistake”, and we should be left to mourn our loss and revel in lost genius in peace.

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