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Save "Arrested Development"

You just can't trust Fox with a good TV show.

They cancelled "Firefly" after 11 episodes, leaving four unaired.

They cancelled "Wonderfalls" after just four episodes, leaving nine unaired.

"Arrested Development" now seems to be in danger, too. "Arrested Development" has been sort of the miracle baby of Fox. Thanks to incredible critical support (plus a very devoted fan base), it got renewed for a second season despite not the highest ratings. In any just world, this show would be number one. It's, by far, the funniest show on network television.

This fall, they were rewarded with five Emmy wins, and just recently a Golden Globe for Jason Bateman. See? Everyone knows this show is fantastic. It's the most original network comedy since "Seinfeld"

However, Fox has decided to reduce their order for this second season from 22 to 18 episodes, which is never, ever a good sign. An order reduction is the first step to cancellation. This also sucks because it means "AD" has to sit out May sweeps. At least they won't make us wait a month for the season finale like they did last year, but that's hardly a consolation if the result is less "Arrested Development".

And for some reason, Fox has decided to replace it with "American Dad", whose pilot aired after the Superbowl last week. And the pilot was really nothing to write home about. I don't even understand the thinking here. "American Dad" is a less-good offshoot of "Family Guy", another show Fox cancelled early despite having a very loyal following (I wasn't the fan others were, but still it made me laugh a lot). Why would you replace one show with the lesser ghost of another show you cancelled? Is this what they teach people in Hollywood Executive school?

Anyhow, there's a petition in place to save "Arrested Development". Please sign it. I know this is the second petition I've asked you to sign in like three days, but hey, as Buster Keaton once said, "Comedy is a serious business". And, of course, if you're not already, start watching it (Sundays at 8:30pm). It's important because there is no justice in this world when the network that aired "The Littlest Groom" and "Who's Your Daddy?" cancels something like "Arrested Development".

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