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Arrested Development Lands at IFC

sg_arresteddevThe Bluths are moving…again.

The deeply beloved but sadly canceled comedy, Arrested Development, has been picked up by the Independent Film Channel who will begin airing its 53-episode library. The cable channel plans back-to-back airings on Sunday and Tuesday nights starting October 25th.

The Emmy-winning Fox show aired from 2003 to 2006 and revolves around a formerly wealthy family who loses nearly everything when its patriarch goes to prison for miscellaneous white collar crimes. Arrested Development starred Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Jessica Walter, Portia de Rossi and Jeffrey Tambor.

The show was produced by Imagine Television’s Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. Howard also provided the narration.

During the end of its run, a grassroots effort tried to save the comedy but ultimately couldn’t spike the ratings. It was also shopped around to premium cable channels like HBO and ShowTime but couldn’t find a buyer.

The instant classic has aired on HDNet and online at Hulu and MSN. Comcast owned cable network G4 was the first network to acquire the cable rights to the series in July 2006.

IFC has been making ground in presenting cult comedies. The network, which is more known for picking up and distributing indie fare, has been running a six-part documentary entitled Monty Python: Almost the Truth and has acquired rights to air Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

Arrested Development is one of the smartest and funniest shows of the last decade with a hilarious presentation of absurd family dysfunction,” said Jennifer Caserta, executive vice president and general manager of IFC . “With the addition of shows like Monty Python’s Flying Circus and our original series The Whitest Kids U Know, IFC continues to be a destination for unique and unconventional comedies,” she said. “Adding Arrested Development to our schedule is the next natural step for us in that direction.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show’s creator Mitchell Hurwitz and co-executive producer James Vallely are now developing a screenplay for the popular TV series.

The project is still very much in pre-production and hasn’t been given a greenlight. No word if any of the series’ stars will return for a feature length film.

Hurwitz and Vallely are currently work together on the Fox animated comedy Sit Down, Shut Up.

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