- TV. Watch. Repeat. -The Dipp's 'TV. Watch. Repeat.' Dives Into The History Of The 'Arrested Development' Pilot
Solid as a rock. That's really the only way to describe the 2003 pilot of Arrested Development, which is still as uproarious and under-appreciated today as it was when it premiered 18 years ago. The series, loved by a precious few but heavily shunned by the average Nielsen viewer, was certainly before its time, walking (or, stumbling, really) so comedies like The Office, 30 Rock, and more could run (or zoom on a Segway). So, in our latest episode of our TV. Watch. Repeat., podcast, my co-host Allison Piwowarski and I dive into the history of Arrested, and what it meant for the genre, its fans, and its soon-to-be-A-list cast.
But, like most shows we explore, Arrested could have been much different. In fact, its earliest casting wish list included an Entourage headliner and future Office star, and only recurring roles for two of its primary cast members. Plus, we explore other Arrested fun facts, and, of course, that New York Times reunion interview that was nearly as cringe-worthy as a Franklin album.