Well it's official. Mostly. Arrested Development is finally completely over. Unless it's not. Creator Mitch Hurwitz has officially closed the door on his own involvement in the series, which apparently came down to not enough money from Showtime for the time he has to put in to make the series as great as it
is was. Showtime had signed a deal with 20th Century Fox, as reported here and in various other places, for 2 years at 12 episodes each with an option for a third year. But the deal was contingent on Mitch's continued involvement with the series he developed and ran. And apparently, Mitch's heart isn't in it anymore. At least not at their price. Variety quotes him:
"The fans have been so ardent in their devotion and in return ... I've given everything I can to the show in order to try to live up to their expectations," Hurwitz told Daily Variety on Monday in a telephone interview from Gotham. "I finally reached a point where I felt I couldn't continue to deliver that on a weekly basis."
Nonetheless, Hurwitz said he put off making a final decision on his involvement so Showtime and 20th could talk about a possible deal.
"Of course, if there was enough money in it, I would have happily abandoned the fans' need for quality. But as it turns out, there wasn't," he said.