Stolen from an article in Variety:
Fox has cut Arrested Development Season 3 down to 13 episodes from 22 (as opposed to the trimming of Season 2 from 22 to 18) AND has pulled the show from their schedule, presumably just for the remainder of November sweeps. So maybe they'll bring it back in December?
Or maybe Fox will finally have the guts to just kill the show?
Not that I like the idea at all, but I'm going to take a stand and say that Season 3 has been off so far for me. Yes, yes, each episode has had its funny parts (particularly the Godzilla battle conclusion of "Mr F") but Episode 3 ("Forget Me Now") has been (in my book) the only episode on par with the best of Season 1 or 2 and I'm beginning to wonder what purpose Rita could serve for the show besides showing off that they got Charlize Theron to do guest spots. She's certainly not as compelling a character as Marta or even ditzy Ms.
Five episodes into Season 1 we had experienced the brilliant pilot, "Top Banana", "Bringing Up Buster", "Key Decisions", and "Charity Drive" -- not a bad episode among them. Episode 4 of Season 2 was us "Good Grief," possibly the very best episode of the series. Sure we can hope that the next episode of Season 3 might match "Afternoon Delight"'s brilliance (okay, "Afternoon Delight" also might be the best episode of the whole series), but I must admit I don't count on it.
The whole show is getting too wacky and feeds off its supporting cast in a manner like the Simpsons started to after, what, 10 seasons? Sure, it usually seems great, but if you come home to find your roommate busting a gut over the Season 1 DVDs, you'd realize like me that this show is pretty so-so these days.
I had to say it. Sorry.