Wednesday, July 21, 2004
Television Critics Association embraced my favorite new sitcom, Fox's low-rated social satire "Arrested Development," giving it the award for outstanding comedy and best new program.
I find the show hysterical, and I'm dumbfounded that so few people watch it -- the characters are amusing, the writing is brilliantly sharp
The show virtually owes its survival to the support of critics, who lobbied all season for its return and were rewarded when Fox announced it would bring the show back this fall in the post-"Simpsons" slot at 8:30 Sundays.
You should catch as many of the summer reruns as you can. They are brilliantly subversive.
Oh, and the TCA presented a real journalism award, to Jon Stewart and the Daily Show: "Only television critics, for instance, would have conferred this year's prize for outstanding news and information programming to Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" — vaulting it over rivals like PBS' "Frontline" and ABC's "Nightline."
It was a decision made on both merit and message. As my cross-town rival, Melanie McFarland of the Post-Intelligencer, said when presenting the award, at a time when the mainstream media seem cowed, Jon Stewart and company embody "a core of truth."
TV critics vote for merit, message
Kay McFadden / Times staff columnist
Seattle Times, July 21 2004
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