Television: The Great Wit Hope

Fox's Arrested Development is remaking the sitcom. Will anyone watch?

As you drive onto the FOX studio lot in Century City, you are greeted by a massive banner congratulating Arrested Development for winning five Emmy awards. The banner could go on to say (but does not), "Sorry about that nearly-canceling-you-at-the-end-of-last-season business!" Being the funniest show on TV goes only so far, after all, when you're No. 116 in the 2003-04 broadcast ratings. So when Arrested's name was called out as Outstanding Comedy Series in September, besting contenders like Everybody Loves Raymond and Sex and the City, "it was like somebody punched us in the stomach," says cast member Tony Hale. "Punched...

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