Showtime: Pick-Up "Arrested Development" sign now

I have a problem: My favorite show just got axed. You have a problem: Showtime doesn't have all the subscribers it could have. So we both have problems, but I think there's a way that both of us can come out ahead by working together, and Showtime will be a hero to the whole industry.

I, like millions of people around the world, am a fan of the brilliant television show "Arrested Development". As a matter of fact, the term "fan" probably doesn't begin to describe my devotion to this show. I imagine that many at Showtime feel the same way. As you already know, the future of "Arrested Development" has never been worse. The Fox network has reduced this season's order to 13 episodes and taken it off the shedule during the critical sweeps period. At the moment, "Arrested Development" is not cancelled, but it's clear that's where Fox is heading. Despite winning universal critical praise, astonishing fan loyalty and numerous awards (including six Emmys), Fox apparently believes that their poor marketing and unfriendly scheduling was the most they could do to support the best and most inventive television comedy in years.

They've made a huge mistake.

For loyal fans, the news is grim, but there's one tiny ray of hope: Rumors persist that you at Showtime are considering picking up the show. For instance, an entry at http://www.tvsquad.com/2005/11/14/is-there-hope-for-arrested-development-after-all and a San Francisco Gate article at http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/11/14/DDG4NFMUAI1.DTL both indicate that you may see Fox's bad decision as a golden opporunity for your network. Fox is cancelling "Arrested Development" because they are incompetent at selling comedy. You can do it better -- much better. With this one acquisition, you'll gain the best cast, the best writing and the best show anywhere on television.

But you'll gain so much more: You'll gain me. You see, I'm not currently a subscriber to Showtime, though I may be a subscriber to other premium networks. I certainly wouldn't mind getting Showtime but for one reason or another, I haven't yet. But if you pick up "Arrested Development", I'll become a Showtime subscriber.

Let me state that again for the record: I pledge that if you pick up "Arrested Development", I will subscribe to Showtime. I will call my cable or satellite provider and I will become a paying customer. Adding "Arrested Development" to the rest of your fine line-up of award-winning shows is the magic ingredient that changes Showtime from a channel I don't need to one I can't do without.

Please, Showtime, this is an opportunity that won't last very long. Some other network may pick "Arrested Development" up. Failing that, the cast, crew and writing staff will start getting very tempting offers and they have their futures to think of. But if you act quickly to give us back "Arrested Development", you'll gain me and every other signer of this petition as loyal and grateful customers, as well as everyone else who was waiting for Showtime to get that one extra show, that one extra 25 minutes of quality, before finally subscribing.

It's up to you, Showtime, be the good guys. You'll have me at "Annyong".

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Latest Signatures

  • 10 February 20161000. Laura S
    I will gladly add Showtime to my cable package if Arrested Development is added to your programming schedule.
  • 08 February 2016999. Gilbert T
    Im glad to see Im not the only one fighting the good fight, this show is far and away the best on TV, comedy or drama.
  • 07 February 2016998. Don Barton
    AD = Greatest Comedy TV show ever. Thanks.
  • 03 February 2016997. Peter Vonp
    Please save the show - it will get people to watch your other shows like Weeds!
  • 03 February 2016996. Dan S
    I support this petition
  • 03 February 2016995. Jordan A
    SAVE AD!
  • 02 February 2016994. Mark D
    with the show weeds and this, Showtime would have the edge on HBO for the first time.
  • 26 January 2016993. Nathan Gutierrez
    They better pick it up or else...
  • 23 January 2016992. Nicole C
    Please don't deprive us of our AD! Pick it up Showtime!
  • 17 January 2016991. Jon Sgudmundssoni
    I support this petition
  • 15 January 2016990. David P
    The best written, best ensemble show ever!
  • 09 January 2016989. Anna K
    I support this petition
  • 30 December 2015988. Belinda B
    This is the best show on TV...please pick it up. You won't regret it!
  • 27 December 2015987. Michelle Griffin
    I support this petition
  • 22 December 2015986. Simon B
    FUNNIEST SHOW EVER PLEASE SNAG THIS SHOWTIME
  • 17 December 2015985. Derek M
    Keep Carl Weathers employed.
  • 07 December 2015984. Gb Ford
    Greatest show off all time!!!!
  • 06 December 2015983. Mark Evans
    this show is phenomenal - brilliant writing, and would be a great acquisition for showtime. save it!
  • 01 December 2015982. Email Protectedcdatafunctiontryvarsaijrclbdocumentgetelementsbytagnamescriptlbblengthprevioussiblingalgetattributedatacfemailifasrparseintasubstrforjalengthjjcparseintasu
    Please save the best US sitcom ever!
  • 24 November 2015981. Sonal B
    PLEASE pick up Arrested Development!
  • 20 November 2015980. Danny K
    You know it makes sense
  • 16 November 2015979. Kate M
    I support this petition
  • 13 November 2015978. John N
    I'll do whatever it takes!
  • 12 November 2015977. Marshall M
    Please pick up "Arrested Development"
  • 11 November 2015976. Sithmaster Lords
    If you made this deal, many people such as myself would sign onto Showtime. If you took in this super show you would make more credits then an oversized Hutt.
  • 03 November 2015975. Christie Morse
    Please bring it back!
  • 01 November 2015974. David C
    showtime save good tv

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Chelsea BoydBy:
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The Programming Executives at Showtime

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