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Arrested Development: Biden Campaign Script
« on: September 08, 2021, 09:49:59 PM »
https://www.dropbox.com/s/0rhh94nbec2fjg2/2020-09-29%201st%20draft%20BIDEN%20CAMPAIGN%20ZOOM%20CALL%20WITH%20THE%20CHARACTERS%20FROM%20%27ARRESTED%20DEVELOPMENT%27.pdf?dl=0

Has anyone else read this script which Mitch Hurwitz posted on Twitter? Possibly the most cringe-inducing piece of comedy I've read. The sheer arrogance and delusion it would take to present something like this as a potential campaign video is breath-taking. It's utterly shapeless, laboured beyond belief, reliant on references and completely lacking in any actual jokes. For a fan of the show it's tedious, for anyone else it's totally incomprehensible. The idea of Biden's team receiving this and seeing what utter dogshit it is actually makes me laugh. An insight into the kind of mindset which allowed season 5 to happen.

Re: Arrested Development: Biden Campaign Script
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2021, 01:51:38 AM »
Tambor in the doghouse I see.

Hard to imagine Joe B managing the presence/comedic timing necessary to totally sell being the sensible straightman figure.

FWIW, I thought it pulled off acknowledging the Bluth/Trump parallels bettter than season 5 did. I don’t even think the whole thing was really that bad for what it was. The main problem is that it’s from 2020 and by that point AD had lost nearly all contemporary cultural currency/goodwill: I’m not surprised the Biden campaign passed on it: it’d be like, I dunno, if Spin City has done a pitch for an Obama campaign video.
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Re: Arrested Development: Biden Campaign Script
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2021, 06:58:47 AM »
Yeah, it's fairly obvious stuff but not particularly terrible. Reads like a piece of decent enough fan fiction, which is fine considering the state of the last couple of AD seasons. I thought it flowed reasonably well and it's easy to imagine the actors reading those lines.

Plus - first draft and all that. To be fair, it's still more entertaining than most campaign videos.


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Re: Arrested Development: Biden Campaign Script
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2021, 07:47:59 AM »
Hard to imagine Joe B managing the presence/comedic timing necessary to totally sell being the sensible straightman figure.

He just about managed it in Parks and Rec didn't he? Mind you he only had a handful of lines there I think

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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2021, 01:22:17 PM »
So much of it seems totally inappropriate for what should be a punchy, accessible video. The overly convoluted explanation of the family predicament at the beginning, the convoluted Ron Howard joke, the notion of Buster wanting to be called “B” (purely to allow for a “Bees” callback)… everything about it is so desperately lame and clunky.

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« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2021, 02:29:08 PM »
wow that fucking sucks

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Re: Arrested Development: Biden Campaign Script
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2021, 02:41:15 PM »
Arrested Development has always been one of those shows considered "cancelled too soon". As more and more stuff comes out, it's clear that it wasn't. In fact, season 3 was an indication that the wheels were coming off, and everything after that has been progressively worse. Leave it alone, Mitch, it's already dead!

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« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2021, 02:50:50 PM »
He just about managed it in Parks and Rec didn't he? Mind you he only had a handful of lines there I think

Nine years ago when he was still relatively cognizant and able to string a coherent sentence together, yes.

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Re: Arrested Development: Biden Campaign Script
« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2021, 03:05:08 PM »
Reading this script just made me sad. I got up to the part where Biden is expounding about the importance of strong border security and gave up. Nauseating stuff all round.

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« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2021, 03:45:30 PM »
Never even got to season 5 won't lie.

The first three seasons of AD is some of my favourite comedy ever. I honestly dont think there is a weak link amongst the cast (even Michael Cera's performance is quite good).

Watched some earlier and was sad Jessica Walter died cos she was fucking fantastic. I'm sure people of a different age will have a different character in mind but Lucille Bluth is THE alcoholic, manipualtive, abusive Matriarch.

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Re: Arrested Development: Biden Campaign Script
« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2021, 03:49:57 PM »
would've been evens worse than clinton in broad city. just disgusting stuff

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« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2021, 05:05:11 PM »
The first three seasons of AD is some of my favourite comedy ever. I honestly dont think there is a weak link amongst the cast (even Michael Cera's performance is quite good).

Why ‘even’ Cera? Although he only tends to do one type of thing, he’s very good at it.

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Re: Arrested Development: Biden Campaign Script
« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2021, 07:03:50 PM »
Why ‘even’ Cera? Although he only tends to do one type of thing, he’s very good at it.

Oh definitely. Just a personal preference I suppose, not a huge fan of his schtick.

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« Reply #13 on: September 09, 2021, 07:18:44 PM »
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