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Celebrity Then And Now
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Celebrity Then And Now
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“Arrested Development” was one of those shows that aired for a little while, had a decently sized fan base and critical acclaim, and then just happened to disappear. Whenever this happens, you can expect the show to be revitalized these days thanks to crowdfunding and other channels willing to take risks to pull in established audiences.

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When FOX cancelled “Arrested Development” after three seasons, it took seven years and a lot of fan requests for the show to be picked up, but a fourth season was eventually shown all at once on Netflix. Since Netflix doesn’t have nearly as much censorship, the show was able to get away with a lot more (though they didn’t ever really push the envelope). One thing that “Arrested Development” got away with easier on Netflix was the fact that David Cross’ character’s (Tobias Funke) mustache.

When it comes to the development of the character, Cross said that “I really gravitated toward Tobias. I knew immediately who he was, what he looked like, how he acted, what clothes he would wear, and the mustache...he’s got to have a mustache.” The powers that be at FOX never really seemed to care all that much for the show or some of the characters, and Cross’ character rubbed them the wrong way right from the get go.

The cast showed up for the first day of production on season one of “Arrested Development” with a fully grown mustache, and then got a call from the producers a little later on. It was then that he was advised that “The head of the network...she doesn’t like mustaches on characters and part of her three rules of comedy, which I wasn’t aware of. I didn’t go to comedy school.” He was worried that he might have to shave it because of these “rules.”

Cross went on to explain that the rules included “For men, no facial hair, no mustaches. No ballcaps...no puffy sleeves....They seem arbitrary, but they’ve been studied.” Cross was able to negotiate with the head of FOX so that his character could keep the trademark mustache. “They were like, OK, we have a compromise,” Cross said. “They’re going to let you have the mustache, it just can’t be too bushy. All right then! A deal was struck!”

It’s a lighthearted secret that was never really shared with the audience, but still a secret nonetheless. In addition, the first scripts that were ever sent to the actors also contained a cover letter to let them know what to expect on set. They were each told that nobody would be receiving a trailer or special treatment as they didn’t want “diva” behavior so that everyone was on the same page. Jason Bateman was almost not even cast on the show since he had appeared on sitcoms before, and executives shot the idea of having Bateman aboard before he came in and aced his audition.

One thing that the show’s creator, Mitch Hurwitz, also didn’t discuss until recently was the show’s original cancellation on FOX. Hurwitz admitted that he was a bit bitter when he received the notice from the executives at FOX. Hurwitz said that “You take the note (from FOX). You don’t whine about it.” When producing his new show “Running Wilde,” he received a notice from the same executives that said “If you think something is a good idea, that you haven’t seen done before. Special, fresh...Just don’t do it.” While the producers were on board with “Arrested Development”, it doesn’t seem that the executives at FOX were.

Back then, ratings were not adjusted for those that recorded the show digitally. Executives simply looked at the live airing ratings and decided to can the show after the third season. In the future, you can expect more “Arrested Development” shows or possibly even a movie that has been planned for years.

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