Arrested Development Pilot Episode Review
11 views | +0 today
Follow
Arrested Development Pilot Episode Review
Ron Howard continues to grow his ideas, with Arrested Development
Curated by Brian Jansen
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Brian Jansen
Scoop.it!

Arrested Development: The show that was to good

Review of the pilot episode of Arrested Development

Brian Jansen's insight:

The 2003 Pilot Episode of Arrested Development is a new idea of sitcom thanks to Ron Howard and Mitchell Hurwitz. The show has a very extensive cast such as Little House on the Prarie’s  Jason Bateman, Ally Mcbeal’s Portia de Rossi and The Larry Sanders Show’s Jeffery Tambor. The single camera concept is being carried over from its predecessor Malcolm in the Middle and the UK’s The Office giving the show a documentary type feel, which will be interesting to see how viewers will react. This new take on comedy is definitely not your fathers sitcom.
    Arrested Development opens up to a instant introduction of all the main characters, usually a bit unorthodox for a show, but then again, thats not the only thing that will make this show different. Even though this show has a documentary feel, there is no direct conversation with the camera by the actors, instead the show is narrated by Ron Howard. The plot is based around Michael Bluth (Bateman) who’s father, George (Tambor) is the owner of a wealthy business but is retiring. The dysfunctional over spending family gets together for a retirement party while Michael prepares to take the reins of his fathers business. What Michael is expecting, and what actually happens are two different things, as his father hands the business over to Michael’s mother, Lucille (Jessica Walter) During the ceremony The Securities and Exchange commission comes after George and imprisons him. With the family company under investigation, instead of naming the well qualified, company manager Michael in charge, Lucille quickly names her youngest son Buster, president, who’s only experience is a class in 18th century agrarian business. Michael decides he has had enough and tries to leave town to start over in Arizona. With the family realizing their 18th century cartographer businessman was not the greatest choice for president they plead for Michael to stay and help save the family business.
    Crossing the lines is a great way to describe the atmosphere of this show. By opening up basically a complete description of cast members it leaves questions as to what exactly this show is going to be about. The camera style is very similar to that of The Office, with the exception that there is no interaction between the characters and the camera, which gives a different feel of a sitcom. There however is one thing I believe could be fixed with the production aspect of this episode, that is the way the overall filming process looks. I understand Howard wanted to have a one camera sitcom, however the problem lies in just that, having a one camera sitcom is almost a paradox, most of the episode looks like it was filmed by someone with a camcorder, many of the scenes come out blurry and color contrasts at times are far from in-between.
    The plot goes back to the sitcom issue, having the whole show narrated is a clever idea, however at times the viewer is left of areas with silence since the only time there is backdrop is when there is a flashback telling the story of a character which sometimes leaves a moment of confusion. The confusion comes from the witty comedy; this show undoubtedly has some good comedy that requires a bit of understanding and concentration to be able to get laughter out of. Mixing this type of comedy with the random quiet spots is what make the viewer sometimes wonder “should I be laughing, or am I just missing something?” The amount of whit will be hard to win viewers over, especially at a 9:30 time slot on Fox, which is normally home for more zany slapstick comedy. Some more potential problems from this series seems to be character introduction and development. Judging from the first episode it looks like all the characters were introduced once, and how we are expected to remember their roles and background for the rest of the season, or series. This might be a problem for future viewers that did not see the first few episodes, and since the comedy seems to revolve around the characters history this might leave new viewers lost. With the method the characters were introduced, getting to remember all of the characters will take longer than usual,  just like when meeting someone’s family for the first time, the viewer was bombarded with about 10 different characters to remember. This sitcom isn’t full of negatives however, as mentioned, the comedy is superb, and extremely witty, and the story line goes well with it. Having the dysfunctional type of filming goes well with a dysfunctional type of family, and the shooting angles are quite nice for a single camera filming style, however depth and sharpness could have been improved. Overall story-line is excellent, and really quite creative. The opening scene of Lucille Bluth’s opinions toward gay’s and interfamily attractions is a bit racy, but what fox sitcom would be complete without that?
    Overall Arrested Development leaves an impression of finally having a comedy that requires a little bit of thinking to watch. The problem with this idea is that the show is too good for viewers since most of America turns to evening television to let loose and free their mind, not to have to try to think to be able to laugh. With the backing of Hurwitz and Howard the show does have a professional high end feel, however the demise of this show will be that it is just plain too good.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Brian Jansen
Scoop.it!

Mitch Hurwitz Explains Why 'Arrested Development' Didn't Jump to Showtime When Fox Canceled It in 2006 | Splitsider

Mitch Hurwitz Explains Why 'Arrested Development' Didn't Jump to Showtime When Fox Canceled It in 2006 | Splitsider | Arrested Development Pilot Episode Review | Scoop.it
Way back in 2006, when Fox canceled Arrested Development, the press reported that Showtime had made an offer to continue the show but that creator Mitch Hurwitz
Brian Jansen's insight:

This article is another credible source of a fact I thought about the show.... to many actors

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Brian Jansen
Scoop.it!

How Season 4 of Arrested Development is Going to Change Television

How Season 4 of Arrested Development is Going to Change Television | Arrested Development Pilot Episode Review | Scoop.it
            From 2003 to 2006, A TV series known as Arrested Development aired for three seasons on Fox. If you haven’t already heard it about it, my suggestion is you go to the nearest Netflix-str...
Brian Jansen's insight:

Even though I am trying to write this as if being in 2003, this is still a good source. This page tells how the show was when it started.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Brian Jansen
Scoop.it!

Latest Fox comedy 'Arrested Development' is so funny it's doomed

Latest Fox comedy 'Arrested Development' is so funny it's doomed | Arrested Development Pilot Episode Review | Scoop.it
Brian Jansen's insight:

Good infromation from the era of the show. The writter knows about the current shows on the air and seems to know about what will happen to the show

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Brian Jansen
Scoop.it!

Fox Series Arrested Development Shot on Panasonic HD Varicam

Brian Jansen's insight:

Very short, but insightfull article on the production of the show. The article explains the use of cameras and why they were used

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Brian Jansen
Scoop.it!

Mitchell Hurwitz

Mitchell Hurwitz | Arrested Development Pilot Episode Review | Scoop.it
"television is a very writer-driven business, and it's one of the few parts of entertainment where writers are treated with respect."
[ Arrested Development creator ]
Brian Jansen's insight:

What good is a review if one doesnt know the basis of the show? This is a good  way to see what the shows writter has done and to see what is both his old styles, and trying something new

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Brian Jansen from Review of "Arrested Development" Pilot Episode
Scoop.it!

USATODAY.com - 'Development': Not your father's family sitcom, thankfully

USATODAY.com - 'Development': Not your father's family sitcom, thankfully | Arrested Development Pilot Episode Review | Scoop.it
Now here's an interesting development.

Via Michael Holzman
Brian Jansen's insight:

Good laid out article that gives a pretty good nuetral review. Being that it is from the USA Today it can be assumed that it will hold water

more...
Michael Holzman's curator insight, March 26, 2013 3:43 PM

This is a review from the USA Today about the pilot episode made right after the episode aired.  Alot of the reviews online now are only reviews of the season 1 dvd which made a review of just the pilot a little hard to find.  The USA Today of course is very credible as it is a nationwide newspaper which has it own entertainment department.

Rescooped by Brian Jansen from Arrest me for liking "Arrested Development"
Scoop.it!

Arrested development - Les nouveaux pauvres (TV Series 2003–2013)

Arrested development - Les nouveaux pauvres (TV Series 2003–2013) | Arrested Development Pilot Episode Review | Scoop.it
Created by Mitchell Hurwitz. With Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett. Level-headed son Michael Bluth takes over family affairs after his father is imprisoned.

Via J Harper
Brian Jansen's insight:

IMDB Shows good background information on the Actors plus other information on filming locations

more...
J Harper's curator insight, March 26, 2013 9:55 PM

This link provides background for the show. This show originally aired on Fox from 2003-2006, 3 seasons. As you can see though, it has a 2013 because the show is getting a rebirth on Netflix. This show is about the Bluth family and all the unfortunate, yet funny, events that happen to them. The first episode shows Micheal Bluth's dad being arrested and the company's spending, which most of the family survives on, to be stopped. This actually ends up bringing the family closer.