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Could a New ABC Family Series Be the Long-Awaited 'Arrested Development' Sequel in Disguise?

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 16th 2010 7:00PM
Alia ShawkatThat 'Arrested Development' movie might be a long time coming, but after reading about a new series ABC Family is currently developing, it sounds like a TV sequel is more likely.

The ABC Family show, called 'What Would Jane Do, is described as a drama about a high school girl who, due to a case of mistaken identity, leads a secret double life as a high-powered career woman. We have two suggestions on how to make that show a success -- or, actually, on how to make that show last three wonderful but under-watched seasons, turning it into a cult favorite with a rabidly devoted following: cast Alia Shawkat in the lead and call it 'Marry Me.'

Did any other 'AD' fans just get a Maeby Fünke-as-film executive flashback? During the show's second season, the troublemaking teenage daughter of Portia De Rossi's Lindsay Bluth and David Cross's Tobias Fünke conned her way into landing a job as the high-powered head of a movie studio.

Whenever anyone commented on her young appearance, Maeby would respond with an oh-gee-I'm-so-flattered "Marry me."

While we think turning the new show into an 'Arrested Development' spinoff would be a fantastic idea, the odds of that actually happening are about as likely as the 'AD' movie coming out in the next two years. (Read: impossible.)

Besides, as you can see from this clip, the charade couldn't last forever.

Would you watch a Maeby Fünke-led spinoff on ABC Family?

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Joe Coughlin

See also "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead".

August 17 2010 at 7:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Mr. F

August 16 2010 at 7:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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