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‘Arrested’ still viable, says Fox

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“Arrested Development” has not been canceled despite online rumors to the contrary, Fox Entertainment president Gail Berman says.

“Thank you for your e-mail and your passionate support of ‘Arrested Development,’ ” Berman wrote in an e-mail addressed to fans of the show. “While the show has finished production for its second season, contrary to the rumors you may have heard or read on the Internet, it is NOT canceled.”

Last week, Fox announced that the May 1 premiere of “American Dad” was moving from 9:30 to 8:30 p.m. – the time slot “Arrested Development” has held. The Hollywood trade papers also reported that “Arrested” would end its season before May sweeps (as it did last year) and possibly have its episode order reduced.

That has led to speculation that the show, which won the Emmy for best comedy series last fall but draws only a little more than 6 million viewers per week, was on its deathbed.

Berman says that’s not the case: “We at Fox love ‘Arrested Development,’ and we look forward to having the Bluth family back on Fox in the future – hopefully for many years.”

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