Summer TV Winners and Losers
Loser (kinda): 'Arrested Development'
At least one publicist for Netflix is going to kill me for even hinting that "Arrested Development" could possibly be a "Loser," even with the "kinda" caveat. After all, everybody with Netflix says that "Arrested Development" performed well (albeit with no statistics and what Netflix admits was a faster burn than some of the service's other originals). And everybody at Netflix says that "Arrested Development" exceeded Emmy expectations (albeit becoming the first "AD" season not to earn an Outstanding Comedy Series nod). And it's not like Season 4 desecrated the memory of those FOX seasons. But three months after it premiered, nobody's really talking about those new episodes. And it used to be cataclysmic information whenever Mitch Hurwitz would drop hints about the future of the Bluths, but now things seem just a wee bit muted. Mostly, "Arrested Development" is a Loser here because of how DESPERATELY we all wanted it to be a Winner and how, relative to that appetite, it'd be hard for anything to succeed fully. And just as "Arrested Development" doesn't get to pretend that it exists in a world without expectations, the same is also true of Netflix now. Sorry. It's the price of playing with the big boys.