How long can Fox keep best comedy?

Saturday, November 1, 2003

Clearly inspired by the novelistic film comedy "The Royal Tenenbaums," "Arrested Development" (8:30 p.m. Sunday, Fox) follows a severely dysfunctional family as they cope with personal and business disasters.

Clever, well-written and filled with funny and unpredictable characters, "Arrested Development" is clearly the best new comedy of the year. But I've fallen for quirky Fox comedies before, only to see them wither on the network ratings vine. Fox shows have to deliver for advertisers or die. Remember "The Tick," "Greg the Bunny" and "Andy Richter Controls the Universe"? Let's hope "Arrested Development" doesn't share their fate as doomed, ambitious efforts, too quirky to attract a network audience.

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